Church is supposed to be a place that is accepting of all races and cultures, and yet, a North Carolina pastor is under fire after requesting that "only white people" stand at the front door of the church to greet the congregation.
Pastor Makeda Pennycooke, an African-American woman, reportedly sent an e-mail to volunteers who act as greeters at Freedom House Church located in Charlotte. The email stated "first impressions matter" and said the church wants "the best of the best on the front doors," according to local reports.
"We are continuing to work to bring our racial demographic pendulum back to mid-line," she wrote. "So we would like to ask that only white people be on the front doors."
Fox News reported that Carmen Thomas, who has attended and served at the church for the past two years, stated that she was “floored” by the email.
"Like it was a jaw dropper," Thomas said. "You can put a white face all over the front door. But when you come through those doors, you're going to see African Americans, you're gonna see Asians. You're going to see people of color."
A spokeswoman for the church confirmed to that the e-mail was indeed sent by Pastor Pennycooke.
"The e-mail was sent by one of our longtime pastors in an attempt to emphasize that our greeting team reflect the racial diversity of our entire congregation," a statement sent to WBTV read. "However, she admitted it was a mistake to over-emphasize any specific group and sent an apology e-mail within 24 hours of the original email going out."
Was this racial profiling or simply a lapse of judgment?