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Petition Fails To Get University Auditorium Renamed After Botham Jean

Despite an online petition signed by more than 18,000 people, a Harding University auditorium will not be renamed after deceased Saint Lucian, Botham Jean.

Jean, a graduate of the learning institution, was shot and killed in 2018 by a Dallas police officer as he sat in his apartment eating ice cream.

Amber Guyger was fired from the police force, indicted for murder and sentenced to ten years in jail for the offence.

Harding University President Bruce McClarty said the George S. Benson Auditorium name will remain.

He noted that Benson,  Harding’s second president, was described in the petition as a vocal racist ans supporter of segregation.

“Dr. Benson indeed gave speeches in chapel opposing integration of Harding College in the late 1950s. That he said these things is true, and Harding University regretfully acknowledges that. Yet, before the end of his tenure, this man who defended racial segregation presided over the integration of Harding College in 1963,” McClarty observed.

He said as he  considered the question of renaming the Benson Auditorium, he has wrestled with how the Christian messages of sin and redemption, guilt and grace, judgment and forgiveness all fit into this.

According to the University President, it is important, “as we wrestle with the difficult issues of our time, that we not forget “weightier matters” like justice, mercy, and faithfulness.”

“I have reflected a great deal on Hebrews 11, the presentation of “Faith’s Hall of Fame.” I’ve wondered how many Bible heroes we would have left if we labeled everyone according to their worst moment, their greatest sin or their most embarrassing weakness,” he wrote.

“We will honor the memory of Botham Jean in some physical way during this next year,” McClarty wrote in a letter on the institution’s website.

He  said he did not want to approach the matter as an either, or, situation.

“Botham will be honored in his own unique way on our campus. This could be with a bronze statue of Botham leading singing or it could be the naming of an academic program in his honor. That remains to be determined, but the name of Botham Jean will be prominently and permanently placed on the Harding campus during the coming school year,” the University President asserted.

 

17 COMMENTS

  1. Nice blow to Alison Jean … Continue to chastise the government when they trying to keep st.lucia safe you going to demonstrate ….silly you . you don’t know Jack ****

  2. The foolish Son and His Mother must be sick of Themselves now .As I would always say he wanted the white killer woman police

  3. Alison Jean is actually doing more damage to Botham after his death. Why do such a petition when you know it will not succeed. You shouldn’t do it unless you’re 100%sure you will

  4. THEY REALLY EXPECTED ONE OF THE MOST RACIST STATES IN AMERICA TO TAKE A WHITE MAN (AMERICAN) NAME OUTAND REPLACE IT WITH A BLACK MAN’S NAME

  5. Alison Jean think she knows…all that lady is so sick and making a fool out of herself she thinks these Americans will forgive her like that when her family.. betrayed them? After they stood up with her go and protest.

  6. Why is Allison Jean’s name falling from so many mouths under this post? It said nothing about her or anything that the son did. Lucians really want to use every opportunity to “express” how they really feel but refuse to do what they need to, to better their own lives in their own country. Attention wh**** you all are. Go prepare to take back you’ll country and please use that same energy while you’re doing so!

  7. The time is at hand surrender your life to the Lord, he will give you a heart that is filled with peace and love

  8. That won’t change a thing. The hush money was enough. Black people like to trade money for life. If only she had asked that of them then it would have been given but when you go for the cash and the publicity then that’s it.

    Was he an American,no he wasn’t. So they don’t owe him that. It was a lovers quarrel that went bad…Really bad.

  9. CFO,take it from whom? St Lucia is a grave yard for all those who love their foreign soil. All you all do is come and bury here or get sick and die.

    Our country is simply beautiful because we have a Prime Minister who does not need our money to put in his pockets. Micheal chastenat is the reason there are still supermarkets to go to. If not it would have been just dillies glace and one jq. That would be your only source of package foods. He bought them and kept them for you all to enjoy and later sold it to massy. He has shares in cruise lines,Tour companies and so much more so hold your bias statement for yourself. If he wanted PM he could have gotten it under Sir john but he knows how racist Lucian’s are so he never took the bait. He was knighted Sir Micheal Chastenat just like Sir John. If never heard of Sir Kenny or Sir Hilaire or Sir Phillip j Pierre.

    So give Allen Chastenat a break. He has done a lot for St Lucia. He kept Lucian’s safe from this plandemic cause he knows out health care is poor by no fault of his but that of the st Lucia labour party. Instead of hating,start a committee to help him make your community and even st lucia even more beautiful.

    Micheal chastanet feeds a lot of Lucians. Kenny supermarket is in Trinidad and he told investors don’t come here. Allen employs people all the same and is a good man. Stop trying to sow seeds of hate.

    The labour party is a communist party looking to destroy everything it touches.

    Allen is far better Pm than Kenny was for his 25years in power.

    Don’t talk shit and go get your facts straight.

    Facts over feelings fool.

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