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Words cannot hurt me

From the October 2019 issue of The Christian Science Journal

While living far away from my home country, I found myself a target of mean-spirited comments for reasons I could only guess were racial or ethnic and cultural. As a youth I had been familiar with that kind of prejudice, having been harassed in my own school many times for choosing or defending a friend who might not have had a dark enough skin color (as was more accepted by those who were native or part-native in the area).