6 December 2023 11:36 AM
Sherman Jaquess, a white Oklahoma Baptist preacher is on the defensive after photos of him wearing blackface and in Native American makeup at a church event from 2017 have resurfaced

White Oklahoma pastor is slammed after photos of him wearing blackface at church resurface – as he defends himself, saying he ‘dressed as Ray Charles’ on themed youth night

  • Sherman Jaquess is the pastor of the Matoaka Baptist Church in Ochelata 
  • Blackface and Native American dress photos of Jaquess resurfaced online
  • He has defended himself by arguing he was performing as Ray Charles 

A white Oklahoma Baptist preacher is on the defensive after photos of him wearing blackface and in Native American makeup at a church event from 2017 have resurfaced.   

Sherman Jaquess, the pastor of the Matoaka Baptist Church in the town of Ochelata, posted the pictures himself on February 10, 2017.

On Wednesday, the photos came back into the public eye when someone discovered them and re-posted them, naming Jaquess and his parish. 

Jaquess is wearing extremely dark black makeup with red lipstick and an afro wig, as well as dark sunglasses. The preacher is sitting at a keyboard playing in a beige suit with a purple shirt. 

The preacher, who records and posts all of his sermons on Facebook, defended himself this past week saying he was doing it for a youth night in the parish. 

Sherman Jaquess, a white Oklahoma Baptist preacher is on the defensive after photos of him wearing blackface and in Native American makeup at a church event from 2017 have resurfaced

‘I just want to publicly say I don’t have a racial bone in my body. I’m not racist at all,’ he said. ‘There wasn’t anything racial about it.’ 

‘I was singing Ray Charles, Seven Spanish Angels and I said, ‘I love Ray Charles music,’ Jaquess added. ‘How can you portray Ray Charles if you’re not a black man?’ 

Further photos have surfaced showing Jaquess – in drag – in Native American outfits and makeup as well.

Despite his own flair for costumes, Jaquess is a conservative and has spoken out against drag performances in recent years, according to Fox 23. 

Rural Oklahoma Pride is among the organizations to speak out against Jaquess’ blackface.

‘We at Rural Oklahoma Pride have viewed the images in the incident of what occurred at the Matoaka Baptist Church and are unable to comprehend the level of suffering and anger that Pastor Sherman Jaquess has caused the people of Bartlesville, Oklahoma,’ they said in a statement.

‘We believe that this pastor should be directing and leading acceptable, respectful, and appropriate activities for his congregation to partake in, not activities that are discriminatory. We have seen racism and intolerance against people of different ethnic backgrounds.’

‘This is beyond thinking this is acceptable. Further, the ‘preacher’ is ‘preaching’ against drag,’ the Oklahomans for Equality in Bartlesville added. 

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Jaquess, the pastor of the Matoaka Baptist Church in the town of Ochelata, posted the pictures himself on February 10, 2017

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Jaquess is wearing extremely dark black makeup with red lipstick and an afro wig, as well as dark sunglasses. The preacher is sitting at a keyboard playing in a beige suit with a purple shirt

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In another photo, he is seen wearing Native American makeup and women’s garb. Jaquess has argued he is not doing a drag performance

Jaquess attempts to defend himself in the video. 

‘One night we had cowboys and Indian night. I had a full Indian looking dress on. I had a wig braided. That wasn’t a drag queen performance that was a theme night at falls creek and I was fully clothed and I did nothing sexual or lewd. That was a theme night at Falls Creek,’ he said.

Ironically, Matoaka is named after the ‘private name’ of the famous Native American Pocahontas.  

Jaquess has yet to further comment on the controversy.  

Source : https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12001581/White-Oklahoma-pastor-slammed-photos-wearing-blackface-church-resurface.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490&rand=1270

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