This is one of the most astonishing stories I’ve ever seen. A black pastor at a church in Charlotte, NC sent out an email to volunteers telling them to make sure to have only white greeters at the door before service. Because white people are apparently “the best of the best.”
Controversy has sparked at a north Charlotte church after a pastor sent an email asking that “only white people” stand at the front door to greet the congregation.
A viewer contacted WBTV after getting an email from Pastor Makeda Pennycooke, an African-American woman, at Freedom House Church along Salome Church Road.
The email was sent to a group of church volunteers who act as greeters for the church’s 9 a.m. service…
“We anticipate having an increase in the number of people visiting and attending Freedom House over the next few weeks,” Pastor Pennycooke says in the email.
She then says that “first impressions matter” and says the church wants “the best of the best on the front doors.”
“We are continuing to work to bring our racial demographic pendulum back to mid-line,” she continued in the email. “So we would like to ask that only white people be on the front doors.”…Pennycooke then acknowledges the request is a “sensitive situation” and said quality trumps quantity.
“We would rather have less greeters on the front door if it means that the few that we have will represent us the best,” Pastor Pennycooke wrote.
And white people apparently would represent them the best, for some unspoken reason. The church’s response to the controversy is every bit as idiotic as you might expect:
“The email 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 email within 24 hours of the original email going out.”
Right. Because if you want the greeters to “reflect the racial diversity” of the congregation, you make sure they’re all white. QED.