A college student who made a series of videos questioning the Black Lives Matter movement has found herself no longer enrolled at the Christian university after undergoing a “disciplinary process.”
Campus Reform reports that prolific TikTok user, Ashleigh Brock, formerly of Hardin Simmons University, sparked outrage on Twitter for her comments which allegedly drew a contrast between the public reaction to black on white and black on black homicide vs. white on black.
In another video, Brock, wearing an HSU shirt, said that “all lives matter” and posed the question as to why some people “freak out when a white person kills a black person,” but do not have the same reaction when a “black person kills a white person.”
“Do black lives matter? Yes, of course. Do white lives matter? Yes, of course. But I’m not gonna sit here and put each one in a group saying this race matters,” Brock said in the video.
An account calling themselves #blacklivesmatter posted the videos to Twitter, calling on HSU to impose “serious consequences.”
The tweets from the now-deleted account read:
This is Ashleigh Brock, she goes to Hardin Simmons University in Abilene,Tx. There needs to be serious consequences for these actions (in actions I mean racism). Not only has she done it one time but she’s done it multiple times! #ashleighbrockisracist@HSUTXpic.twitter.com/eFjY4PiwHL
— #blacklivesmatter (@Thisisnotokay15)
This is just disgusting. You are so entitled. #Ashleighbrockisracist#BlackLivesMatter#fuckashleigh@AshleighBrock8https://t.co/wfMGF10lMepic.twitter.com/XUAasbqWIA
— #blacklivesmatter (@Thisisnotokay15) June 25, 2020
In response, the official HSU Twitter account commented on a “deeply disappointing and unacceptable social media post by one of our students,” which was “not reflective of the Christian values” of HSU.
“We are actively investigating and taking decisive action,” the tweet added.
Now, a Christian university has every right to expect their students to adhere to certain standards, and perhaps there is more to this story that we are not yet privy to which reflects objectively un-Christlike behavior demonstrated by this young woman.
But from what we know, it sounds like she was simply asking some important questions about a major ongoing issue, questions that any college student would do very well to explore. Why else do young adults to go university if not to challenge themselves intellectually?
Brock’s videos, however, were condemned in an open letter from the university, which read:
“We, as members of the faculty of Hardin-Simmons University, denounce racism and repudiate any attempt to dismiss the realities of racial injustice in the United States. We emphatically say Black lives matter.
“We stand by our students, faculty, and staff of color, demand that their voices be heard, and we reject any suggestion that their lived experiences are baseless or invalid. We affirm them and their lives.
“We are angry that our BIPOC students, faculty, and staff continue to encounter racism within academia and on social media.
“We recognize that, as educators, we have a responsibility to have hard conversations in our classrooms, to elevate the voices of those who have gone unheard, to approach conversations about privilege and racial justice with humility and with a posture to listen and to learn, and to teach students to do the same.
“We commit to the work of anti-racism in our classrooms, and to work alongside the administration as they prioritize anti-racism education for our entire campus.”
It certainly is a noble aim to approach difficult conversations with humility with a willingness to learn and desire to lift up voices that haven’t been heard.
But considering one is instantly dismissed as racist for addressing the aspects of this conversation which are hardly ever heard by anyone who isn’t smeared in the same way, wouldn’t that mean that Bock was doing exactly this when she questioned the mainstream narrative?
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