Bob jones university dating
The university didn’t admit any black students until 1971, 17 years after Brown vs. It then wouldn’t admit any students who were in a mixed-race marriage and created rules to prohibit students from interracial dating.
Bob Jones, in Greenville, South Carolina, is a niche school.
The move comes after widespread criticism of the policy in the wake of presidential candidate George W. Jones surprised students and supporters by announcing the policy change during an interview on CNN's "Larry King Live." Jones acknowledged that recent scrutiny of the school's policies was behind the decision. "All of a sudden the university is at the center of a Republican presidential debate."The southern school adopted its ban on interracial dating in the 1950s.
Ironically, the policy was not instituted in response to concerns of white parents, but came after an Asian family threatened to sue the school when their son, who was a student at the school, nearly married a white girl. The school lost its tax-exempt status in 1983 after a 13-year battle with the Internal Revenue Service, which said the school's policies violated federal law.
Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit talked about the college’s history and how it came to Greenville, south Carolina.
History professor Carl Abrams explained the history behind the school’s ban on interracial dating, and how that ban came to an end in 2000.
For almost two centuries American Christianity, including BJU in its early stages, was characterized by the segregationist ethos of American culture.
Consequently, for far too long, we allowed institutional policies regarding race to be shaped more directly by that ethos than by the principles and precepts of the Scriptures.
As believers we are also committed to demonstrating the love of Christ daily in our relationships with others, disregarding the economic, cultural and racial divisions invented by sinful humanity (Luke –37; James 2:1–13).Our sincere desire is to exhibit a truly Christlike spirit and biblical position in these areas.Today, Bob Jones University enrolls students from all 50 states and nearly 50 countries, representing various ethnicities and cultures.C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2016 LCV Cities Tour” in Greenville, South Carolina, from January 16-22 to feature the history and literary life of the community.Working with the Charter cable local affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed.
The history segments air on American History TV (AHTV) on C-SPAN3 and the literary events/non-fiction author segments air on Book TV on C-SPAN2.