At Baptist Fundamentalist Conference in Kentucky, a White Pastor Just Performed in Blackface

This display of “comedy” at the National Young Fundamentalist Conference in Kentucky is cringe-inducing for two reasons.

One is that none of it is funny.

The other one is that — well, see for yourself.

The “black guy” in the ring? That’s Pastor Joseph G. Pickens of the Clay Mills Road Baptist Church in Lexington. A white minister. Performing in blackface. Because black people are hilarious.

Over at the Progressive Secular Humanist blog, Michael Stone has Pickens’ number, calling the sketch “a horrifically racist pantomime,” and observing that

Apparently everyone present at the Christian event was oblivious to the offensive and derogatory nature of the pathetic display.

I can’t wait to see what’s on the program next year. It will probably look a lot like this.



About Terry Firma

Terry Firma, though born and Journalism-school-educated in Europe, has lived in the U.S. for the past 20-odd years. Stateside, his feature articles have been published in the New York Times, Reason, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Wired. Terry is the founder and Main Mischief Maker of Moral Compass, a site that pokes fun at the delusional claim by people of faith that a belief in God equips them with superior moral standards.


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