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White pastor and his black son, 17, kicked out of cinema because of different skin color (photos)

White pastor and his black son, 17, kicked out of cinema because of different skin color (photos)

- The white pastor and his black adopted son were kicked out of the cinema in California after staff couldn't believe he was the son's father

- The father and son were part of a church group wanting to catch a movie

- The incident has stirred debate about race and social expectations

A white pastor and his black adopted son were denied entry into a cinema in California, US, and later kicked out because the staff there could not believe the pastor was the son's father.

Pastor and his black son, 17, kicked out of cinema because of different skin color (photos)

Reuben Lee and his adopted son, Reuben Lee Jr.

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The pastor, Reuben Lee, and his 17-year-old son, Reuben Lee Jr, were part of a church group that sought to watch a movie at the cinema. The other members of the group, all black, were however allowed entry.

The staff insisted that Reuben Sr must bring Reuben Jr's parent or guardian before being allowed entry, as their expectation was that because of their different skin color, they couldn't possibly be related.

Despite Reuben Sr's explanation that he was married to Reuben Jr's mother, the staff did not believe him.

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Pastor and his black son, 17, kicked out of cinema because of different skin color (photos)

Reuben, his wife Nichole, and their son

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His wife and Reuben Jr's mother Nichole took to Facebook to narrate the incident, noting that a skin color shouldn't define family.

Many commenters agreed with her, and the incident has fueled debate on how race influences social expectations that are often firmly established.

Watch more on this story in the video below.

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