“It Is Time AU” video triggers honest, heartfelt apology from every Adventist school for racism

About time.
About time.
UPDATE (and this is not satire): On Thursday, February 23, Andrews University responded to the “It Is Time AU” video with a formal apology and pledge in the form of a video of its own titled “It Is Time AU: Listen. Dialogue. Change.” Since the satirical post below was published on February 22, we are now updating it with the new video below:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA — “It Is Time AU,” a video put together by Andrews University staff and students calling for an apology for past and current racism at the school, has not only triggered the republishing of a recent apology for racism from Andrews but has also led to confessions of prejudice from every other Adventist college or university in the United States.

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Heartfelt apologies for past policies that blatantly segregated student bodies by race were issued from schools across the country that for decades had let this sad fact of Adventist history go unnoticed.

Administrators from every Adventist tertiary institution acknowledged that though the actions of brave individuals may have shone a spotlight on racism at Andrews, the same racism or much, much worse, plagued their own histories and still devastates the experience of students, faculty and staff on their campuses.

“Our stories are awash with racist admissions policies, prejudiced hiring practices and spoken and unspoken rules that divide and exclude,” admitted a university president too embarrassed to be mentioned by name.

As apologies due decades ago started to roll in, the Adventist Church itself weighed in as a denomination, acknowledging the fundamental prejudice that still today segregates Adventist congregations, conferences and places of employment all over the world.

“The only consolation I have is that we as Adventists have finally come clean about the racism that has devastated our church for so long,” said another shaken administrator.

“For a second there I thought we were just going to let Andrews carry our collective blame.”


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14 Comments

  1. Don’t you whinny, protesting students & staff at AU have anything to do? Like matriculating, witnessing in the area like Benton Harbor, Notre Dame, Niles, etc? I don’t like my taxpaying dollars going to youse for protesting. Start hitting the books. Get some larnin’. Then graduate, find a spouse and get a job and go home to live with mommy & daddy. Did EGW and the SDA pioneers go around and protest every little thing? NO-they studied the scriptures and was looking for the 2nd Coming. Shame on all youse protestors. Be careful how much $$ goes into the tithe envelope for the next Andrews offering.

    • JOE ACME

      WE ARE ALL PREJUDICE, AND HAVE OUR BIAS OPINIONS. BUT VERY FEW ARE TRUE RACIST. THERE WAS AN SDA PASTOR FROM RWANDA OR HOWEVER THE H YOU SPELL IT, HE HELPED HIS TRIBAL PEOPLE WIPE OUT ANOTHER TRIBE.
      PS. AND IN ALL SERIOUSNESS, READ “ROOT” BY ALEX HALEY AND YOU WILL BE MARVELED AT THE HISTORY AND TRUTH OF SLAVERY. BLACK ON BLACK WAS ONE OF THE ORIGINS OF SLAVERY. THE OTHER???? THE ANTI-CHRIST RELIGION…. MUSLIM. THESE BASTARDS ENSLAVED EVERYONE INCLUDING JOSEPH THE SON OF ISREAL.

    • JOE ACME

      THATS RIGHT. BY THE WAY, ANY SLAVES OUT THERE READING THIS?, NO.
      ANY SLAVE OWNERS OUT THERE READING THIS?, NO.

      ITS OVER AND DONE WITH. MAY AS WELL CRY OVER THE BOMBING OF LONDON BY THE CROUTS, OR THE BOMBING OF PEARL HARBOR BY THE JAPS. OR THE CURSE PLACED ON THE CUBS BY THE OWNER OF THE NOW LONG SINCE DEAD GOAT. ALL GONE. HISTORY. GONE. NO ONE ALIVE IS TO BLAME FOR SLAVERY OF THE AFRICANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Rita Record

    The original video is racist as are whomever made it. I’m amazed at the language used in the video. Racist to the core. So, what happens at the end of your ‘one week’ ultimatum? Rioting and burning Lamson Hall? Overturning police cars and looting the cafe? It’s always a treat to watch priveledged college kids try and corner the market on guilt trips and stir animosity. You are at one of the most racially diverse campuses in the US and you have time to stir up trouble where it clearly doesn’t exist.
    I predict Andrews will quickly go the way of Atlantic Union College in Massachusetts when they went down this road a few years ago.
    AUC was run into the ground by these reverse racists and had to close down.
    Just curious, since Oakwood University isn’t very……diverse.:..are we going to have their faculty and staff apologizing for 140 years of inequality? Special worships for the ‘way we worship’?
    No wonder our youth are leaving the sda church at an 85% clip. Complete and utter non-gmo, tofu.

    • Benny

      Now en vogue and de rigeur even at backwater universities : apologizing, placing blame on white people and, of course, hiring a ‘diversity’ coordinator.

      To qualify for the diversity funding, the remorseful Andrews chaplain, June Price, will probably have to paint her hair rainbow and only be allowed to hire females for any post in the Chaplain’s office. Preference given to non-cis gendered females first, then other females, and hetero-normative women last, of course.

      Andrews is not bucking the status quo with am authentic and socially edgy venture that could cost them dearly, but simply riding an easy wave that is socially approved… and federally funded. Perfect timing for the apology, no? The cross burning was back in 1969 and 1974?!

      The college president probably thinks that Andrews is almost in the same league as all the top tier California schools– even if they can’t hire the full team of a dozen diversity coordinators with the requisite staff of 500 additional people.

  3. What’s with this diversity thing? Is it Biblical? Is it found in the SOP? Did Jesus need a diversity coordinator? Did the early church need a diversity leader? Why can’t we all be in one accord like the Apostles were on the Day of Pentecost? Just wondering? PS-I won’t be putting $$ into the tithe envelope for Andrews any longer.

  4. Rev. Racism

    BA prefaced story with ‘this is not satire’ heading….but it is! Satire at its saddest. Snowflake generation takes over campus. Makes list of demands…gives ultimatum.
    Hahahahaha it doesn’t get funnier than this really.
    An Interesting note, ‘Pastor’ Kowlesser was an undergrad at Atlantic Union College from 1999/2000-2002/2003.
    Right at the time when AUC was bringing droves of inner city youth to campus, and giving them tens of millions in scholarships and grants, based on little more than their ethnicity.
    Within a few years, the campus was awash in crime, AUC was in major debt and the rest is history.
    Kowlesser was the last one off that sinking ship. Apparently he wants to see AU follow the same path.
    All under the guise of reparations, enlightenment and guilt.
    Thumbs up!!!

  5. Dave

    Interesting how we can keep apologizing for the ‘sins of the past’ in racial policies and decisions, and yet continue our 150 years of male-only ordination.

    We open one eye only to keep the other one firmly shut. None of this makes sense.

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