A student has been unceremoniously canned from a Baptist-funded Christian university after she made a TikTok video critical of Black Lives Matter rhetoric.
Ashleigh Brock was quickly kicked out from Hardin Simmons University after some of her peers took exception to her video, calling it racist. The video featured the hypocritical reaction that our society has between a black person killing a white person, a black person killing another black person, and a white person killing a black person.
In response to the girl’s TikTok video, the school tweeted out:
After the initial hand slap, over 50 faculty members made manifest their wokeness, signing an open letter condemning Brock, writing in part “We stand by our students, faculty, and staff of color, demand that their voices be heard, and we reject any suggestion that their lived experiences are baseless or invalid. We affirm them and their lives. “
Three days later, HSU President Eric Bruntmyer made a campus address, announcing that Brock had been expelled from the school, saying:
“As Christians, we are called to love one another as Christ first loved us. We must hold one another accountable to this standard. Hate speech or racist comments are completely unacceptable. We do not want to condone behavior that questions people’s worth, their value, their dignity, or their equality,”
HSU regularly touts their Baptist identity and their relationship with the Baptist General Convention of Texas/BGCT.
We share a common goal of supporting the work of Texas Baptist churches across the state, and we are committed to providing these churches with spiritually mature members and well-prepared ministers within the Baptist tradition. BGCT serves the university by electing 51% of the HSU Board of Trustees, providing some operating funds, and offering generous scholarships to ministry students who are involved in BGCT churches. Texas Baptists also serve the university by providing a Director of Baptist Student Ministry for our campus, who fosters the Christian growth of our students.
We have reached out to the BGCT and asked their thoughts on this being sufficient cause to expel a Christian student from a so-called Christian university.