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Black Housekeeper Says Tennessee Priest Banned Her Because His ‘Dog Is Racist’


In Tennessee, a black housekeeper named LaShundra Allen was denied work at a Catholic priest’s home because, according to him, his dog is racist.



Allen told the unbelievable story to Fox 13:

“I was just supposed to clean the church and I was supposed to go to the pastor’s house and clean as well.”

“They were just like, ‘Well, I’m not really sure how to say this,’ kind of like in a joking way, ‘But Father Jacek doesn’t want black people cleaning the house because his dog is racist.”

The priest, Rev. Jacek Kowal, has claimed he is not racist, saying:
“I wholeheartedly believe all forms of discrimination… are sinful and wrong”
He did claim, however, that his german shepherd once had a “bad experience with a stranger who happened to be African American.”

Kowal also said to Indy 100:
“As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I wholeheartedly believe all forms of discrimination based upon race or ethnicity are sinful and wrong. As a pastor, I have ministered to, employed and worked with numerous African Americans.”
“Their claim that I didn’t want an African American to clean my rectory is simply not true.”

When told she would not be a suitable replacement housekeeper due to her race, Allen was flabergasted:
“I didn’t even know what to say. They were acting like I was just supposed to be ok with it. Joking around with it, and I’m just like, ‘That’s not ok. You just told me you didn’t want me in your house because I’m colored skinned.'”

Allen suggested crating the dog while she did her work, but Jacek said he was “busy with back-to-school duties” and wouldn’t have time to crate the dog.
When Allen said she could crate the dog herself, Jacek said he was worried it would bite her. Allen, however, wasn’t concerned:
“I’m used to being around dogs. I’m not scared of dogs. Dogs love me.”
Twitter had a hard time believing the priest’s story:

Now, Allen and her attorney, Maureen Holland, are calling for Jacek’s resignation and exploring legal options that might be at her disposal. She commented:

“I really feel like they need to know it’s not right. It’s not ok for them to do that to people of color.”

Allen and her attorney are currently preparing to go to court if that is what’s required to bring about change in Jacek’s church.

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Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--