By Bill Hoffmann. Bob Jones University last night abruptly said it was dropping its controversial ban on interracial dating. The stunning announcement came after the university took intense heat for the ban — publicized after GOP presidential candidate George W.
This wasn't the case just 50 years ago, though. Richard and Mildred Loving helped make it possible with their sacrifice and willingness to fight. Courtesy of Tullio Saba via Flickr.
The move comes after widespread criticism of the policy in the wake of presidential candidate George W. Bush's campaign appearance at the school. Jones surprised students and supporters by announcing the policy change during an interview on CNN's "Larry King Live.
Bob Jones University dropped its ban on interracial dating Friday, a month after Republican presidential candidate George W. The university has made the right decision. The school had defended the policy based on a biblical interpretation that God created people differently for a reason. The policy arose in the s when an Asian family threatened to sue after their son, a student, almost married a white girl, a school spokesman has said.
Bob Jones University is dropping its ban on interracial dating in the wake of the criticism that followed George W. The university has made the right decision. Jones said the blending of worldwide governments, ethnic groups and religions would signal the coming of the antichrist, and so the school stands against that.
I walked in and he closed the door and locked it. Not too happy, i'd bet. Having all the facts on my side helps me not a bit.
Board of Education. Bob Jones, in Greenville, South Carolina, is a niche school. But the story of how Bob Jones lost its non-profit status offers timely insight into the contemporary religious right.
Centuries before the same-sex marriage movementthe U. It's widely known that the Deep South banned interracial marriages untilbut less widely known that many other states did the same California untilfor example —or that three brazen attempts were made to ban interracial marriages nationally by amending the U. Maryland passes the first British colonial law banning marriage between whites and slaves—a law that, among other things, orders the enslavement of white women who have married black men:.
Lundy, also a sergeant with the university's public safety department, said Saturday that reporters were not permitted to interview students and faculty on campus. Jones said the extraordinary national scrutiny the school has received since George W. Bush made a campaign appearance led to the move.
Jones, in an appearance on the CNN program "Larry King Live," said that he had asked the university's board this afternoon to end the policy. In his remarks, Mr. Jones, grandson of the university's founder, provided only a brief explanation, saying the decision was based on a perception that criticism over the policy was threatening to obscure the university's Christian mission.