Did It Make Any Difference?

He’s watching Charade (1963),
the scene where the orange
is passed chin to chin and he

remembers his first summer
assignment in Astoria, NY
as a student minister and

having a party with the black
kids in the church and the
white kids up from a South

Carolina Presbyterian con-
gregation on a mission
trip and having them pass

the orange under their chin —
black kid to white kid and
back. The black kids were

fine with it and the white
kids said they would do it
but never, ever tell anyone

back home. That was 1967.
He wonders if those white
kids ever told anyone at

home. And if that one
game in 1967 made any
difference at all.

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