September 3, 2013
Stupid Church Tricks: "Only White People" Greeting at Church
A North Carolina church learns that asking for "only white" greeters is a bad idea.
This one stretches the "Stupid Church Tricks" category well beyond stupid.
In the video, the woman who publicized the errant email speculates that money was a motivation. Is there a wider movement to "whitewash" the face of churches to attract a stereotypically richer demographic?
From WBTV's full article:
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.
Carmen Thomas, who has attended and served at the church for the past two years, sent us the email. She was appalled.
"I was floored," she recalled. "Like it was a jaw dropper. You can put a white face all over the front door. But when you come through those doors, you're going to see African Americans, you're gonna see Asians. You're going to see people of color."
In the email, Pastor Pennycooke reminds volunteers that fall is one of the busiest times of year for the church.
"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."