I spent the first twenty four years of my life in South Africa, where APARTHEID, a highly codified oppressive regime, ensured that a minority of whites, maintained a demeaning domination over a hugely larger group of blacks.
In effect, "a police state"existed.
One cannot help but be contaminated by ones social environment, but I hope I have finally divested myself of all traces of racism. I left my birth country at age 24 in fierce opposition to Apartheid.
My observations about the racial episodes at Southern Adventist University:
These posts betray the mind set of junior high students not college age adults!
It does not speak well of the Adventist academies, Adventist congregations, nor Adventist families that produced these biased bigots!
Nor does it speak well of Southern either. Quite frankly, if I had college age children/grandchildren I would not be desirous of them associating with this very damaged peer group!
It recalls twenty five years ago, when my Yale educated daughter, seeking medical school admissions, visited the Loma Linda medical school. She arrived on a day when some sophomore medical school class was having a class on, of all things, sexuality! She sat in on the class.
When homosexuality was mentioned this class of supposedly early twenty somethings, erupted with snickering, rude remarks, and behavior more typical of pre teenagers. My daughter was so revolted, she resolved that Loma Linda was not for her. She ended up being the Yale pre-med graduate that year who was accepted to the most medical schools, and ended up attending a much more prestigious institution, also with a more mature peer group!
What also disturbed my daughter on her Loma Linda visit, was that on all other medical school visits, she was warmly welcomed by the students, who asked how they could help, and did she have any questions, and could they take her to lunch?.
On the Loma Linda campus not one medical student greeted her, although she clearly was not a member of their class…
Apparently our Adventist colleges/academies have a lot of maturing to accomplish!
Maybe our Advenist families would be better advised to send their offspring to publicly funded high schools/colleges, thereby saving money and ensuring a better peer group.
The latest US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT COLLEGE GUIDE, which I perused to help my twelfth grade grandson, lists SOUTHERN, ANDREWS and Walla Walla as being the highest ranking, NO, not in academic standards, but being those campuses who graduated students with the most student debt!!
All in all, Adventist education does not present a pretty picture!