VIDEO: Pastor ‘Hurt’ Nobody Liked His ‘Inspiring’ Racist Blackface Skit
A Kentucky assistant pastor has expressed remorse and sadness over the negative reaction to his racist blackface skit that he thought would be “inspiring.” Assistant pastor Joseph Pickens dressed as Mr. T for his church skit to promote the Clay Mills Road Baptist Church 2014 National Young Fundamentalist Conference, in addition to posting a photo of his costume on Twitter. Pastor Jeff Fugate said Pickens was “so hurt” by the reaction and had no idea that dressing in blackface would be offensive.
“They said, ‘What are you doing with blackface?’ And I really didn’t know what they were talking about to be honest. I’m not trying to be ignorant, but I guess I am,” said Fugate. “He is so hurt. I’m not a racist, and I sure am sorry if I’ve offended you or anybody. You’ll certainly see a lot a black folk in our church.”
Although Clay Mills Road Baptist Church has since taken down their version of the video, another YouTube user has already grabbed it and have since posted it to the social media site. It’s racked up more than 11,000 views in the last four days, with a 90% “dislike” rating.
Last month, the pastor of a Tennessee church was caught slamming biracial babies in a sermon from last year that was recently posted to YouTube and went viral. Brother Donny Reagan of the Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ in Johnson City said that biracial marriages are “not right” and believed there was nothing wrong with the days of segregation.
“Today we have so much fussing and stewing about this segregation of white and colored and everything. Why don’t they leave it alone? Let it be the way God made it,” he declared. “If God wanted a man brown, black, white, whatever color he wanted him, that God’s creation. That’s the way he wanted it.”