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White Greeters Only Requested by Church Because 'First Impressions Matter'

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White Greeters Only Requested by Church Because 'First Impressions Matter'

by Julie Ryan Evans

white only greetersUnbelievable pretty much sums up an email sent by a pastor of a North Carolina church who recently asked that only white people be allowed to act as greeters at the front doors. According to UPI, Pastor Makeda Pennycooke stated that "first impressions matter," and that Freedom House Church wants "the best of the best on the front doors."

"So we would like to ask that only white people be on the front doors."

Is your mouth hanging open, aghast at this blatant racism? Mine still is. Now, it should be noted that Pennycooke is black, and her directive was an attempt to "bring our racial demographic pendulum back to mid-line," but still. There's really nothing that could make this request even remotely okay, no matter who made it.

It's racism plain and simple, no matter what color the pastor's skin, and how incredibly offensive to all members of that church. Carmen Thomas, who previously belonged to the church for two years, quit after seeing the email from the pastor. She told WBTV that she's appalled that someone would try to use deception to bring people to church.

You don't put icing on a chocolate and think that you're eating vanilla. It doesn't make sense. You still know it's chocolate. You still know you're eating a chocolate cake.

Pennycooke and other church officials have since apologized, calling it a lapse in judgment. They told the station, "The pastors have been meeting with staff and church members to confirm their commitment to diversity and to ensure nothing like this happens again." 

At least they realize it was wrong, but nothing can change the fact that it was put out there. I can't imagine attending a church led by someone who has expressed such ugliness.

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What do you think of this pastor's request?

by on Sep. 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM
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Seasidegirl
by Gold Member on Sep. 4, 2013 at 10:18 AM
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Hey, I live here. I'm just honest. lol.

Quoting dawnie1:

OUCH! Cheap shot.

 

Quoting Seasidegirl:

Nothing surprises me anymore. Well, one thing. I'm only surprised this wasn't in Florida.

 

 


 

TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Sep. 4, 2013 at 10:26 AM
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That doesn't seem like a very accepting place of worship.
Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Sep. 4, 2013 at 10:28 AM

^I am going to echo what everyone else said...

Not cool at all.

_ClearFruit_
by on Sep. 4, 2013 at 10:36 AM
Must be nice going back in time.
romalove
by Roma on Sep. 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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Quoting kaylamom2004:

So?

Why did you respond this way?

Because you're not surprised?

Because you think it's acceptable?

Because you think they are right that whites make a better first impression?

Or because you think it's their right as a religious institution to do whatever they want?

I'm not bashing, just trying to understand your point of view.

LNLMommy
by Queen K on Sep. 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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aww man..this is my home state..LOL.. but it's true. Sunday mornings are the most segregated times in the South due to white churches and black churches. I'm glad my church is truly multicultural. 

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

Not surprised, it's North Carolina.  Sad, but not surprised.  There is still a lot of racism in the South.


LNLMommy
by Queen K on Sep. 4, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Interesting..so if you go in and see more black faces than whites-would you leave?

Quoting SherryBerry106:

I don't like the deception part, if you are going to go inside and it be black, then the white greeter is false advertising.


SherryBerry106
by on Sep. 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM
Yes
Quoting LNLMommy:

Interesting..so if you go in and see more black faces than whites-would you leave?

Quoting SherryBerry106:

I don't like the deception part, if you are going to go inside and it be black, then the white greeter is false advertising.



LNLMommy
by Queen K on Sep. 4, 2013 at 10:49 AM

are you not comfortable about black people? I understand if you don't want to answer..I'm just inquiring

Quoting SherryBerry106:

Yes
Quoting LNLMommy:

Interesting..so if you go in and see more black faces than whites-would you leave?

Quoting SherryBerry106:

I don't like the deception part, if you are going to go inside and it be black, then the white greeter is false advertising.




romalove
by Roma on Sep. 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM
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My first impression of this church and pastor is not pretty.

Oh woe to be beholden to first impressions....

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