The request came in an email from Freedom House in Charlotte Pastor Makeda Pennycooke. Her reasoning for "white greeters only" is that "first impressions matter" at their church. Because of that, she said that the church only wants "the best of the best on the front doors."
What? That is incredibly strange, especially considering that Pastor Makeda Pennycooke is black herself. More of the email said,
"We anticipate having an increase in the number of people visiting and attending Freedom House over the next few weeks. We are continuing to work to bring our racial demographic pendulum back to mid-line, so we would like to ask that only white people be on the front doors."
It is not terribly surprising that church members were shocked and not happy with their pastor's "white greeters only" request. In response to the outrage from the unusual request. the Freedom House released a statement explaining their pastor's request, and admitting it was a mistake while also apologizing. Part of the statement said,
"She made an error in judgment in requesting all white greeters at the front door, going overboard in placing emphasis on any one race over another in trying to highlight diversity within the greeting team. She admits this was a grave lapse in judgment and is sincerely sorry for her actions."
What a strange request to receive from a pastor. Thankfully she quickly realized her error, and issued an apology. This woman is a human, and she admits her mistake. Hopefully she can move on from this issue and focus on more important things.