White greeters only: A black N.C. pastor is being accused of racial discrimination after she sent an email to church volunteers asking that “whites only” man the doors of the Freedom House Church in Charlotte, reports the Inquisitr on Sept. 3.
Pastor Makeda Pennycooke, a female African American, sent directives to her congregation’s Sunday 9 a.m. greeters that requested only the “best of the best” at the front doors, which in her estimation, were white people.
“First impressions matter,” the church leader wrote. “We want the best of the best on the front doors.”
It appears that Pastor Pennycooke was attempting to reach out to more white walk-ins to her predominately black church.
“We are continuing to work to bring our racial demographic pendulum back to mid-line,” the pastor wrote. “So we would like to ask that only white people be on the front doors.”
A church spokeswoman was left to do some immediate backpedaling after her congregation expressed outrage at the email. The church issued a statement, saying the pastor's email was “an attempt to emphasize that our greeting team reflect the racial diversity of our entire congregation.”
The church statement went on to admit that “it was a mistake to over-emphasize any specific group and [the church] sent an apology e-mail within 24 hours of the original email going out.”
Now the question being debated hotly in social media circles is this: Can a black pastor promoting an outreach to whites in this manner be considered racist? Is she helping or hurting the cause of equity among races?
Here is a sampling of comments left on Disqus social media:
“How disturbing to think that a woman of the cloth would view us by the color of our skin and not the content of our character. May she have an awakening that God sees us all as his children and as imperfect sinners seeking His redemption.”
“So a Black Pastor wants white greeters and she is racist? What if a white Pastor wanted black greeters? Would they be considered racist because they were treating blacks as slaves? Can't have it both ways folks.”
“Doesn’t this defeat the purpose of the church. What a paradoxical world we live in.”
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