The flap over flapjacks

Back in the 1990s, my father took his ship models to a “collector’s fair” at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, and I went to see the event. Set up right next to my father’s table was a black couple that had a collection of racist advertising imagery going back to the 1800s. Some of it was just absolutely horrifying.

About this time last year, I went with the youth from my church to Youth 2019, a nationwide conference held in Kansas City. It’s apparently United Methodist policy that when a big UMC event is held in a city with a team name that’s considered racist, the issue of…



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