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Racism is a spiritual issue

Racism is a spiritual issue

More than 1,500 United Methodists representing the 641 churches of the Baltimore-Washington Conference are gathered in Baltimore for our annual meeting right now. We will be about the business of the church, but in our holy conferencing, the echoes of racism and injustice will tug at our souls. I've grown accustomed to that disquiet of racial unrest. Before Baltimore and Ferguson, even before the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, there was the Orangeburg Massacre, when, on Feb. 8, 1968, police opened fire on college students who were protesting the segregation of a nearby bowling alley. I was a senior at South Carolina State University on that day when the march to the...

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