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TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 10: Takeshi Masuma, a Getty Images Field Sales Executive and colleague of the photographer, takes part in a Zoom meeting with colleagues while working from home during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic on April 10, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Japan recently declared a state of emergency that covers 7 of Japans 47 prefectures, including Tokyo and Osaka, as the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak continues to spread throughout the country. Many companies have asked staff to work from home as infection rates climb. Tokyo recorded 189 new infections on Friday bringing the total in the capital to 1,708 with 99 deaths nationwide. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Rev. Beth Taylor, pastor of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Royal Oak, said the individuals were not from their church community and one of the three seemed to be “wearing blackface.”

Taylor said that after a second attempt to mute the offenders and restart, they made the decision to end the service to “protect our community from these individuals.”

Beth Taylor

This morning in St. John's 10:am online service, we were disrupted by individuals from outside our community who said hate-filled racist things. After being interrupted again after our second...

The pastor, whose congregation has been meeting online since the statewide shutdown since March, said the disruption was, “Targeted as well as painful and very humiliating.” Taylor said that although she was shocked by the racist interruption, she’s not totally surprised but noted that they will not be intimidated, “We’re going to continue with resolve and with love because we must.” (Source: Detroit News)


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