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Offended in church

... and my pastor 'just didn't get it'

My family is multiracial, and I'm the only African American person in our congregation. Our pastor was preaching about the power of words and how such a small part of our bodies (the tongue) can do the greatest harm.

He related a story about "Ricky" and his buddies walking to school when black kids came their way. Billy, one of the black kids, threw a rock at Ricky and his friends, and Ricky let out the "n" word.


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