A white priest refused a black female housekeeper from entering his home. He states that his dog is racist, so that’s why she can’t come in.

LaShundra Allen says she was asked to go clean Reverand Jacek Kowal’s church provided home but was denied entry. The incident happened in Tennessee.

Allen says she never met Kowal before but was hired to go clean his home. When she arrived she was met by his secretary who turned her away, telling her that Kowal doesn’t want Black people cleaning his home, because the dog is racist.

Allen explained:

“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.’”

Allen says when she got there the secretary directly told her:

“I’m sorry, we are not trying to be rude, but the dog doesn’t like black people.”

A letter of complaint was sent to the Memphis Commercial Appeal by Allen’s attorney Maureen Holland, stating that Kowal knew an African woman was coming to clean the church, but he made no effort to fix the situation and the racism:

“Father Jacek knew that an African American woman was about to clean his home. He made no effort to come meet Ms. Allen. He made no effort to correct any statement about his dog being a ‘racist. “Two church office employees then reiterated that Father Jacek ‘did not want (Ms. Allen) there’ and that they needed to leave. Both Ms. Allen and Ms. Weaver were shocked, humiliated, and felt severely disrespected by this treatment and the statements,”

Kowal released a statement stating that he finds discrimination to be a sin, and his dog is just racist because of something that happened to him in the past:

“As a disciple ofJesus 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.”

Updated: February 4, 2020 — 10:05 am

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