Liberty University continues to be a community is disarray following Jerry Falwell’s racially insensitive COVID mask tweet (please see this post for context). An adjunct professor resigned immediately after the tweet came to light and now the school Director of Diversity Retention, Quan McLaurin has resigned. I suspect Mr. Falwell made his job very difficult.
Here is the Twitter announcement:
Yesterday I tendered my letter of resignation. As of July 2, 2020, I will no longer serve as the Director of Diversity Retention at Liberty University.
— Brown Skin Boy (@Quan2994) June 3, 2020
On another front, a small student group –Liberty Students for Change– is calling for Falwell to be fired.
In September we called for more accountability in the Falwell administration.
After Falwell’s racist tweets & unapologetic, divisive behavior, we are calling for him to step down. It is time to #FireFalwell pic.twitter.com/g9pTcGrcst
— Liberty Students For Change (@lu4change) June 4, 2020
That group is small; a much larger group is touting a petition on Change.org. This petition –now with over 32,000 signers– specifically targets the racist tweet and calls on Falwell to change or resign. If this doesn’t happen, the signers pledge not to recommend the school. Several key athletes are signers which could hurt Liberty’s recruiting for Division 1 sports programs. The petition can be read and signed here.
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