Almost a year ago Dr. Toby Jennings was speaking at a theology conference in the Grand Canyon University. An audience member asked him about Black Lives Matter. Jennings said some in the movement are willing to listen and have a civil dialogue.
"They're wanting to hear what somebody else has to say about it," Jennings said, "and you have people on the opposite extreme of that that frankly should be hung." There were gasps in the audience and Jennings, who is African-American, clarified his comment. “They are saying things that are not helpful in any shape or form or human dignity or flourishing,” the professor said. "That kind of rhetoric is not helpful to any conversation and that's what I mean by they should be hung," Jennings said.
According to the university, the College of Theology spoke to Jennings about the incident, but no one in the top brass were notified. The university has since distanced itself from the comments.
“Yes, it was wrong, but it is an isolated incident and it does not represent who our faculty is and it does not represent who our students are,” said Brian Mueller, GCU’s president.
GCU has also stated that it apologized to Black Lives Matter and privately met with the group over the incident.
Civil rights leaders want Toby Jennings to be fired but for now he is suspended.