A photo of two Caucasian students at West Coast Baptist College posing with an Assistant Dean has many wondering “what were they thinking?” The photo, which was posted on the Christian Nightmares Tumblr shows two grinning white men posing with an African-American man.
That man happens to be Reggie Williams, assistant dean of men according to the college’s website.
Williams, who has been with the college since 2005, teaches numerous Bible classes at the college in addition to his duties as assistant dean of men.
Look at this classy photo:
It is impossible to know why an African-American man would tolerate, let alone pose in a photo with two white students in blackface — or why he would not use this as a “teaching moment” for the two young men, who now have received the message that this sort of behavior is in any way acceptable.
The college came under fire last year for what many viewed as a veiled “no race mixing” policy. The policy requires the male half of the partnership (it can be safely assumed same-sex marriage is prohibited) to obtain consent from the female’s parents.
“It is often said that ‘opposites attract,'” according to a memo from the school. “This is true in movies and novels, but rarely in life.”
It says that some people “actually seek an ‘opposite’ thinking that together they will form an inseparable bond,” but that said attraction does not hold up to the difficulties in “real life and commitment.”
It is suggested that students find partners with “similar backgrounds.” In fact, students are warned against forming “exotic” relationships — when two people “from radically different cultural or ethnic backgrounds” come together.
As assistant dean of men, it is partially Williams’ job to enforce this horrific policy that discourages mixed-race dating and gives racist parents the opportunity to say “no” to a relationship their children want.
For those scratching their heads and wondering, “Where have I heard about this school before?” the founder and president is megachurch Pastor Paul Chappell. Chappell recently came under fire after he compared women who have premarital sex to “filthy dishrags.”
“One wonders, whatever happened to purity?” he asked in a sermon that went viral. “Whatever happened to that? Whatever happened to the days when girls said, I’m not going to be touched by every guy? I’m not going to walk down the aisle like a filthy dishrag on my wedding day. Whatever happened to that day?”
At minimum, Williams should explain the photo — offer some context, whatever. But it’s likely that there is no explanation that a rational person will deem accpetable.