Christian college president: ‘We’re not hiring people … who endorse critical race theory’

Southern Wesleyan University President Bill Barker says that the school will not hire people who support critical race theory.

“I made it very clear where SWU stands on critical race theory, and we made it very clear in our hiring processes,” Barker told the College Fix. “We’re not hiring people – and I’ve been clear since I came here and the Board of Trustees has supported this – who endorse critical race theory. We will have the courage to let faculty or staff go if they are teaching critical race theory.”

Barker indicated that the topic would be covered at the institution along with a biblical response.

“We want to teach what it is, we want to teach how it’s being used in society, why it’s being used in society, but we also want to teach a biblical and philosophical response and critique of it,” he said, according to the outlet.

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“We will hear from speakers who have different ideas and welcome students to engage in that discourse. But we will also guide students through that from a biblical and intellectually rigorous fashion,” he noted. “The Bible speaks to us being reconciled with one another across races, across languages, across experiences through Jesus,” he said. “When we come together without reconciliation through Christ, we may be at odds.”

Barker began serving as president of the private South Carolina school less than one year ago.

Here’s a message Barker delivered in August:

Dr. Barker – Southern Wesleyan University Chapel |

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