ICYMI: Last week a group of professors at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary tweeted a photo of themselves dressed up gangster style. This sparked a backlash on Twitter as people called the image offensive, tone-deaf, and racist. SWBTS president Paige Patterson felt compelled to issue a lengthy apology which included the following quote: “As all members of the preaching faculty have acknowledged, this was a mistake, and one for which we deeply apologize. Sometimes, Anglo Americans do not recognize the degree that racism has crept into our lives.”
The photo in question is below:
If you want “offensive, tone-deaf, and racist”, I’ll tweet Blazing Saddles. The entire movie.
OK, I get it. Racism is real. It has crept into all of our lives to some extent or another, in ways we can’t even notice.
But come on. Being offended at this is like being afraid because you saw Left Shark and thought you were looking at an actual great white shark.
People, the world has come to a very dark place if we cannot laugh at something like this oh-so-hopelessly pathetic attempt to imitate black culture by a group of old white seminary profs.