Decades-old photos depicting white students in blackface in Moody Bible Institute yearbooks have led the leaders to issue an apology and pledge to carefully examine racism in its history and current ministry.
‚ÄúRegardless of when these photos were taken, or what the intent of the students was at that time, these pictures are shocking and deeply offensive. As senior leadership of Moody Bible Institute, we come together in this letter to deeply apologize for these photos and the underlying ignorance and the racist foundation blackface represents,‚ÄĚ wrote Moody president Mark Jobe, addressing the 1974 and 1984 yearbook photos.
‚ÄúThis behavior absolutely does not reflect how we envision our Moody community, which is grounded in God‚Äôs Word and the gospel of Jesus Christ,‚ÄĚ the statement said. ‚ÄúIt also undermines the advancements we have made together in the area of diversity.‚ÄĚ...
I wonder why those wanting Aunt Jemima's face removed aren't being called out as racists? She wasn't a white lady wearing a black face, right? But then It seems she was independently wealthy. An entrepreneur. And independent successful black people are not wanted by the left wing nuts. How are you going to keep them on the plantation if they aren't dependent on you?
But, if they can show that they voted Democrat in the past 50 years, they will be forgiven all, just like the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, who did the exact same thing. Meanwhile, I wonder what the collector's value of pancake mix will be, now that one brand is seen as bad. By the way, what is happening in Brazil? Didn't they have a much larger proportion of their population imported as slaves from AFrica, which is very very close to them. And then, what about the blacks in this country that owned slaves?
Yes, I can remember as a boy, when the Black and White Minstrels, an all white singing group, complete with banjo players, etc., and unfortunately equipped with blackface, singing ‚Äúplantation style songs‚ÄĚ, gave concerts in the now to be renamed Colston Hall, in Bristol. (the man whose statue was thrown in the harbour by demonstrators, fished out, and now to be put in a museum exhibit about slavery).
Such a show, quite rightly, would never see the light of day now. It was inappropriate for an evangelical bible college in the 1970‚Äôs and 1980‚Äôs to allow its students to do that, but there was a lot of ignorance in those days. As Christians we are to be sober, to be vigilant, as the enemy goes about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.
However, what incensed me, is the absolute hypocrisy of the left, that when one of their own did this as a student, it gets swept under the carpet. We are actually all without exception, members of just one race, the human race, all descendants of Adam and Eve, and of Noah and his wife!! Unfortunately, it is Charles Darwin, the ‚Äúapostle of evolution‚ÄĚ, with his infamous ‚ÄúOrigin of Species‚ÄĚ book, subtitled about ‚ÄúPreservation of Favoured Races‚ÄĚ, that contributed much to racism, and divided up what God meant to be put together.
When a people group has been failed by their representatives they will rebel. What‚Äôs missing is the fact that after decades of majority democratic progressive politicians representing African Americans- they‚Äôre still where they were in the late 1970‚Äôs. This isn‚Äôt about bigotry this is about making a massive transaction from the ones with jobs and paying taxes to the recipients of the taxes. Just wait.. the Bible, the word of God, is next. Unless the communists think that Christianity in America is a quaint hobby of old people? That‚Äôs probably what they think. After all , Christians didn‚Äôt baulk when told to stay home from church since March 23,2020. ( LifeWay used to say , a church member who missed 6 Sunday‚Äôs is most likely not a member of a church). The way the leaders of the SBC have been rolling along, that might have been a plan they agreed on. Eliminate the builders from the pew and you can pass anything in front of the remaining church body.
Didn't the governor of Virginia do the same thing when he was in college? Does that mean he should resign? I heard Moody was having serious financial problems, with less people interested in going the Old Fashioned Missionary Route. Older people who used to give $$ to Moody are dying off, younger people have less $$ to give (I've read that most Americans cannot even pay a sudden $500 expense from savings; they have to use a credit card).
History is often not as morally tidy as we'd like. Jewish jazz singer Al Jolson was famous for performing in blackface, but he also strenuously opposed racial discrimination in the stage and film industries. So is he a Bad White Man whose statues (if any) should be torn down, or not?
I always thought blackface, part of the minstrel gig back then, very bizarre and wonder why people ever liked it, whether it's racist or not.
BTW, why haven't Uncle Ben's Rice and Aunt Jemima brands been shut down yet? Corporations are falling over themselves to appease BLM sensibilities.
Bad behavior will eventually catch up with you. Disrespecting our neighbors (e.g. the Second Table of the Law; love thy neighbor as thyself) doesn't do much but create a problem, and some day that problem will loom.