“I need to find some­thing, but haven’t found it yet.”

Glamour (South Africa) - - Real Life -

Dianca Lon­don, 29, says her child­hood ex­pe­ri­ences as a Bap­tist left her cyn­i­cal about re­li­gion. “I’m black and I went to a pre­dom­i­nantly white fun­da­men­tal­ist Bap­tist school where I ex­pe­ri­enced racism and bul­ly­ing. Some of the white kids ex­cluded me be­cause I looked ‘dif­fer­ent’, among other things. Out­side school, my par­ents wanted to ex­pose me to a black Bap­tist ex­pe­ri­ence, and we be­longed to a lot of con­gre­ga­tions, but I didn’t fit in there. At 15, some­one threw a bot­tle and hit me on the head. I felt like every­one hated me. I told my par­ents, ‘I’m done.’

“Some­times when I walk by churches on Sun­days, I hear peo­ple pray­ing, and I miss that rit­ual. I would try again if I found the right com­mu­nity, but so far I haven’t found any­thing that’s right for me.”

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