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  •  Significant number of the kids don't agree. (5+ / 0-)
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    MrJersey, Subterranean, avsp, Satya1, Mokurai

    But they usually leave before they count as adult members. And wouldn't be allowed the power to change things anyway, since a lot of things are cultural and not in the church bylaws.

    I grew up in a white SBC church. No really open racism. BUT on leaving, I realized that the only black families in the church were either first-generation immigrants, had members who could really give something valuable to the church (I'm talking CD residual and concert ticket professional tithing, here), or... well, there was one girl. Who got hounded out over a loaf of bread during 30 Hour Famine, over the course of the following several years. When any white girl wouldn't have been chided for long about it since the entire youth group had been told that stockpile of bread and water was there in case it got too intense, and when she was really too light-weight to have been participating anyway.

    So hey, yeah we accepted black members... if their ancestors had never been slaves or they could pay well for the privilege. Otherwise, it was just a case of waiting for a reason to make someone miserable enough to go...

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