News by email Donate

Suggestions

Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Jerry-Falwell-Jr-thumb_article_image.jpg
Jerry-Falwell-Jr-thumb_article_image.jpg
World News

Liberty University President apologises for racially insensitive tweet after uproar and resignations

by Premier Journalist

President of Liberty University, Jerry Falwell Jr, has apologised for a tweet making light of a blackface controversy involving Virginia's Governor, Ralph Northam. 

In his now deleted tweet, Falwell rejected the governor's statewide order for citizens to wear facemasks by tweeting a picture of a mask with a picture of Northam wearing blackface emblazoned across the front. 

"I was adamantly opposed to the mandate from @GovernorVA requiring citizens to wear face masks until I decided to design my own," Falwell wrote in jest. "If I am ordered to wear a mask, I will reluctantly comply, but only if this picture of Governor Blackface himself is on it!" 

In response, a group of 35 black alumni from Liberty University urged Falwell — a long-time supporter of Donald Trump — to stop his "infantile behavior." 

They added: "While your tweet may have been in jest about Virginia’s Governor, it made light of our nation’s painful history of slavery and racism.” 

According to the Washington Post, at least three African American Liberty staffers resigned following Falwell’s tweet.

After initially refusing to take down the post, Falwell changed his tune on Monday by removing the tweet and apologising for any hurt caused.

He tweeted:

"After listening to African American LU leaders and alumni over the past week and hearing their concerns, I understand that by tweeting an image to remind all of the governor’s racist past I actually refreshed the trauma that image had caused and offended some by using the image to make a political point.

“Based on our long relationships, they uniformly understood this was not my intent, but because it was the result…I have deleted the tweet and apologise for any hurt my effort caused, especially within the African American community.”

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of £5 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the UK is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of £5 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Set up a monthly gift

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

Connect

Donate

Donate