Beyond skin color

Q: How can I pray about prejudice and discrimination?

A: When I moved from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Norway when I was 13, one of the first things on my mind was making friends. I would often look up new acquaintances on Facebook and send them a friend request. The problem was, I didn’t exactly know how Facebook worked, so there was one guy I friend requested several times, not realizing that he had already denied my request twice.

As soon as I figured out what had happened, I felt a lot of emotions: anger, confusion, hurt. I felt like an outsider already and to have someone act like they didn’t want to be friends with me only made it worse. Was there something wrong with me? Did he not want to be my friend because of where I was from, or because I looked and spoke differently than he did?

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