A Female “Jim Crow”……

pastor makeda pennycooke via facebook

This story has LITERALLY floored me this evening…. I mean really? Some black folk kill me with their LACK of respect of their own identity – It is a SAD DAY in America with it being 2013 and this JIM CROW Black Woman acting like this!

An African North Carolina pastor is facing backlash after she requested “only  white people” work as greeters at the church she leads. This woman has a smile on her face but her mind and intentions toward her own race CLEARLY says something different.

In an email, Pastor Makeda Pennycooke of Freedom House in Charlotte said  “first impressions matter,” and the church wants “the best of the best on the  front doors.”

“We anticipate having an increase in the number of people visiting and  attending Freedom House over the next few weeks,” she wrote. “We are continuing to work to bring our racial  demographic pendulum back to mid-line, so we would like to ask that only white  people be on the front doors.”

The church said the pastor apologized, and released a full statement that  said Pennycooke was writing because “the greeting team was no longer reflecting  the racial diversity of our entire congregation.”

“She made an error in judgment in requesting all white greeters at the front  door, going overboard in placing emphasis on any one race over another in trying  to highlight diversity within the greeting team,” the statement continued. “She  admits this was a grave lapse in judgment and is sincerely sorry for her  actions.”

I bet this AFRICAN AMERICAN PASTOR ….had a POOR lapse in judgement but I do NOT feel that she is sorry – She is sorry that the members of her church told the media about!

Never thought I would see a BLACK …Jim Crow ..ESPECIALLY in the “form of” a Pastor! This country is full of surprises!

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Just Thinking –

I have been exposed to diversity all of my life but over the last 10 years I have reshifted my focus towards my OWN community. Was it right? No? Did I feel that I had just cause? Yes – the way that the COMMUNITY acts towards one another from within the COMMUNITY left me no choice but to mentally – physically – emotionally – financially – and sometimes even spiritually from the community.

However, after seeing a movie on August 20, 2013 and it changed me in a way that I scared even myself – I love PEOPLE in general and watching history take place and unfold in front of me on a big screen with total silence in the room ( minus a few parts of a movie that may have been edited for viewing ) still made me become aware of emotions that I had NO IDEA I had the ability to even feel towards another person. However – after the movie was over – I went to go and “speak to myself” and purge what I was feeling –

Although I ONLY spoke for about 10 minutes – I still felt as if I indeed had soo much MORE to say – but I was TERRIFIED how it would actually leave from my lips – Black History has a great deal of blemishes in it….. but it cannot be ERASED but it can be used as a tool of how WE ALL CAN do better and promote and push for LOVE AND EQUALITY – Did I get upset? Yes, Did I cry? YES, Did I become bitter? No, Did I pause and re-evaluate my friendships of anyone who is white in my life? Yes.

Did it change my views of them? NO!!  Ugghhh!! Racism is ugly …

Now that I am BETTER and I have CALMED myself down – I feel great – I feel good – I feel free – I feel blessed – I feel strong – I feel different – I feel worthy – I feel accomplished – I feel valued – I feel blessed – I feel invincible – I feel beautiful – I am just honored that I can EVEN FEEL ANYTHING –


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Do as little harm to others as you can; make any sacrifice for your true friends; be responsible for yourself and ask nothing of others; and grab all the fun you can. Don’t give much thought to yesterday, don’t worry about tomorrow, live in the moment, and trust that your existence has meaning even when the world seems to be all blind chance and chaos.

We really do not know who we shall ever need in this life so that is why people need to throw out the mind set of the hang ups that they may have with certain cultures……in the end – we all either have O Positive  AB /  B Negative /  A / O blood that could be all be used in a blood transfusion!

There are enough struggles that people endure on a regular basis so realize that life is a gift and the friends that you meet are a blessing. When life lands a hammer blow in your face, do your best to respond to the hammer as if it had been a cream pie. Sometimes REALLY weird humor is the only kind we can summon, but even dark laughter can sustain.

Be open to LIFE! ( in a good way of course )

Dear ( ME ), Politics

Have Come A Long Way- Still Ways To Go!

Racism in America is something that has NEVER came to an end……maybe a tiny “hault” but not an end!

How is it, that in such a refined society, there are still people who believe that they are better than others based on nothing more than the color of their skin? It is my hope and belief that, younger generations, (those who never experienced segregation), have the core knowledge to know that there is no connection between race and ability or community stature. It should be plain to see that in everyday society that there are multiple examples of upstanding honorable minorities. Far too many people point to the relative few who make up the stereotypical black person as an excuse for racism. We must be realistic in our mindsets. We are all human.

matter the color of our skin we should all be equal. The movie called, The Help was a “calm version” of how racism was in that era I am sure! I wanted to go see the movie with my wonderful mother and her faced almost became DISFIGURED when I even talked to her about it! She immediately told me NO THANK YOU baby, I do not need to see that movie because ” I lived it”….

Whew…..talk about my feelings being hurt and I felt so so saddened by her response because it allowed me to see that she still had some past pain via racism. Lord help my sweet mommy! It is amazing what our parents keep hidden deep down inside of them. I asked her why she never talked about it and her reply was…baby I did. The few stories that I shared with you from when I was in High School was bad enough. GULP…..  >>>RACISM SUCKS <<<


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Through it all……

The only true solution to racism is for everyone to push past all of the stereotypes and unfounded ideas that we subconsciously passes. I understand that seems like a very simplistic solution to a huge problem, however; what truly is our basis for hate? A person’s color has nothing to do with their ability to be a productive member of society. We should not need laws to force us to give everyone the same opportunities. We are more than just black and white. We are a single species. As a species, we should move forward to overcome our problems. Not be slowed down by bitterness and stupidity.

The world in which we all create, is the same society in which our children and our children’s children will encompass. It is our duty as parents to see that future generations have the best opportunity at thriving in an equal world. Only through peace and understanding can we ensure the love, peace, equality and all things pure, are preserved for all who seek them.