SMH: White Greeters; Hampton vs Twerking
JET finds some of the most ridiculous headlines and lets you decide which is worse:
A North Carolina pastor asked all African-American front door volunteers to sit down for the day and let the “White” greeters welcome the 9 a.m. attendees. This is one of those sad, but not too surprising stories that many of us hear a little too often. Except this time, there’s a twist.
The pastor who made this absurd announcement is Black. Yes, that’s correct. An African-American woman of God, who is supposed to love and accept everyone, thought it would be best if people of color weren’t the first faces newcomers saw.
Makeda Pennycooke pastors over Freedom House Church and a member told WBTV that she and other volunteer greeters received an email asking them to “refrain from serving.” The email said, “first impressions matter” and that the church needs “the best of the best on the front doors.”
The pastor has since apologized, WBTV reports, and church officials say they are working to ensure this does not happen again.
Sigh. On to more madness.
And you might remember the photo that went viral, claiming that Hampton University banned twerking. Well, turns out it’s false. The school explained that the slide was taken out of context. It’s intention was to educate students on online etiquette. The Director of university relations, Yuri Rodgers, told DailyPress.com that the rumor started when a professor gave a social media/cyber bulling presentation called “Sharing your world technologically.” The students were warned about taking precaution when posting photos online that might damage their image.
Apparently, the school used twerking as an example because it’s been so popular in the media. They should have known some Twitter thirsty college student would have taken the slide out of context as a joke.
Anyway, that’s all for now. It’s your turn to take our poll and decide which headline has you shaking your head the most.