Hate Speech Targets Bethany College and President Jones

By Jolyn Johnston-Myers
September 19, 2016

Bethany College and the Lindsborg community have been reeling from the effects of racist messages targeting College President William Jones and his blended family.

It all started September 3 when hateful and threatening messages and drawings were found written in chalk on the campus sidewalks. President Jones later received phone calls from one of the perpetrators who apparently clarified that the messages were targeted directly at minorities attending the college and specifically at President Jones himself and his family of six children, two of who are adopted and of biracial heritage.

President Jones took to Facebook last week and appealed to the college and Lindsborg community to pray for his family and others targeted by this hate speech. He asked that we challenge racism in whatever form it might take, including jokes and social media postings.

An ongoing discussion about this can be found on Facebook on a public page called Lindsborg Now.


President Jones posted his message on his personal Facebook account, which now has over a thousand shares. A Facebook account is not necessary to view the link:


President Jones moved with his family earlier this year from Georgia to Lindsborg, where he now serves as the 14th president of Bethany College, a four-year undergraduate school affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Bethany currently enrolls just over 600 undergraduate students.