A South Baptist college in Georgia has been accused of covering up racism after it fired a vice president who reported that the controversial college president made offensive racial remarks.
Southeast Georgia Today reported late last month that the board of trustees at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon had fired Dr. C.B. Scott after he refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement and resign.
According to witness statements provided to prominent Southern Baptist pastor Wm. Dwight McKissic, Sr., the college’s director of plant operations, Thomas Dewayne Bynum, had told Scott about racist statements that Brewton-Parker College President Dr. Ergun Caner made during a discussion about campus facilities.
“At this time Dr. Caner said that he was misinformed by the board of trustees about the magnitude of the problems at Brewton Parker,” Bynum recalled. “Dr. Caner then stated that he believed that they were aware and then said ‘they n*gger dicked me is what they did’, I could not believe my ears and asked him ‘what did you say’ and he then said ‘they n*gger f*cked me’.”
Bynum said that he “had conversations and overheard Dr. Caner speak in derogatory ways about African Americans” since that time.
“I am now convinced that this is a part of his character,” he remarked.
Brewton-Parker employees Maria Garvin and Zakery Pitt also provided statements, saying that Caner complained during a telephone call that Scott was acting “half black.”
“Dr. C.B. Scott, is not only terminated, but is asked to sign a paper indicating that he will only testify on behalf of BPC against the three witnesses if this matter ever reaches the court system. How sad!!!” McKissic wrote. “BPC trustees refused to discipline the man who spoke the racist words, but was willing to fire the man who brought to their attention the racist words. How sad!!!”
Caner was allowed to resign last month, citing health problems resulting from his son’s suicide.
“The Board of Trustees of Brewton-Parker College, pray for God’s blessing and restoration for Dr. Caner and his family as they move forward through a time of personal tragedy and healing; and for Dr. Caner much success in his future endeavors,” the board said in a resolution passed last month.
However, the racial remarks and other allegations of inappropriate sexual text messages were not mentioned by the board of trustees.
Brewton-Parker College is not the first employer that Caner has left under a cloud of controversy.
Alternet reported in 2010 that while Caner was Rev. Jerry Falwell’s Dean of Liberty University, he said that he had been trained as an Islamic terrorist and then was saved by Jesus. That story turned out to be greatly exaggerated.
He has also been accused of using sexist remarks about women and stereotypes of Muslims and Hispanics in his sermons.
During one sermon, Caner recalled that someone asked him if women should be allowed to be “behind the pulpit” in the Southern Baptist Church.
“My answer is well, yeah, of course, how are they going to vacuum back there unless they get behind it,” Caner said.
McKissic asserted that the Brewton-Parker College trustees needed to make things right after bungling Scott’s firing.
“I pray that Brewton-Parker College trustees would offer Dr. Scott his job back,” McKissic wrote. “At the very least, I pray that they will provide for him a one-year service package with full medical benefits.”
“It is morally reprehensible for C.B. Scott to walk away from BPC with absolutely nothing, while Caner walks with a full one-year salary and benefits package.”