We’ve known “What” since stepping foot off slave ships. We’ve known “What” since the crack of the whip. We’ve known “What” since Lynch mobs and sharecropping. We’ve known “What” since overseers, paddy rollers and colored signs. We’ve known “What” since the back of city buses and Jim Crow. We’ve known “What” since crack, ghettos and foster homes. Indeed, if there is anything black people are familiar with, it is what. The question is therefore not what, the question is why? Why the haunting images of public executions of black men? Why does the protests of Black Lives Matter mirror that of the Civil Rights Movement when we should have moved passed this? How is it that what happened 50 years ago and DIDN’T work, will somehow work today? Have we not marched? Have we not protested? Have we not already sang freedom songs and willingly gone to prison? Why are black people at the bottom of every single ethnic group and society there is? Why have we been here for nearly 400 years and have yet to produce the economic standing of nations who have been here not even half that time? The question is not what, the question is why? Why are things always so black and white? Why is it always black against white?
In the book of Exodus there is a story. This story is about the Israelites. Pharaoh said to kill off the Hebrew boys for fear that the Hebrew population would grow and that they would overrun the Egyptian population (Ex 1:9-16). More so, they will do unto the Egyptians what the Egyptians have done unto them. Fears of uprisings among African Americans can be traced back to the days of Nat Turner. To think this fear has been lost or has gone away is not to have been alive. You see “Why?” has been around for centuries and on the tongues of every prophet. “Why?” is in the blood of every black man and woman walking this earth today. It is in every breath we take, and every move we make. “Why” is in our very DNA, our living souls breathing proof of the covenant we made so long ago. Do not tell black people that they should not be angry when our sons blood cries out to us from the ground. Instead, ask “Why?” Do not ask What, Ask Why because why is the key to everything. Why is understanding that what is happening out there is bigger than any man. “Why?” is understanding there is a reason black lives do not matter in this land. “Why” is understanding the story of Israel, the covenant they broke, and its connection to the black man and woman in America today. You see, “Why” is the key when you are the people of the book, when the police is Pharaoh, and America is Egypt.
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You make an interesting point; conceding it even as a good point, but what if I told you that it goes much deeper than Biblical Exodus; before the Mid-East “god” YHWH (Jehovah) was even thought of? What if the history of the black people of Africa goes back some 350,000 years in what is thought of now as prehistory? What if I told you that the black people of Earth were the very first people on earth and they were designed for a particular purpose and their skin colour was to ensure they could never “pass” as anything but what they were made to be, and more importantly, to do? There is a history denied of course by main line historians, whether Jewish, Christian, Muslim or Darwinists, that answers your “why” question. What that history does not answer is, HOW, how can we change the original soul programming that is a species’ curse, not only for the black people, but for all people. How do we eradicate racism? We know the disease but what is the cure, keeping in mind that not only has nothing worked so far to eliminate racism, but in fact the world is plunging back into an even more strident and bloody time of it. Is death the only cure for victim and perpetrator alike?
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The purpose of this post was to show comparison between what the ancient Israelites endured and what so called black people are enduring today. I am well aware of the things you’ve mentioned here but they are beside the purpose of this post.
The struggles African Americans have endured go beyond the exodus BUT it is very much connected and it has nothing to do with the gods or religion in general. I mentioned Exodus to make a point. The point is that we are the same people enduring the same struggles and it has nothing to do with religion.
That said, the world as we see it today is absent of Love. Not mankind’s definition of love, but true love.
When a baby first emerges from his mother’s womb he is looking for Love. He cries for it and in his innocence he wears it as a sacred garment until he reaches the age where he is taught to hate. This teaching may take many forms, but he is taught it and it is what we call today losing one’s innocence. Maybe he saw something that disturbed him, maybe he was attacked, whatever the case may be when he reaches a certain age, a world that is absent of Love eventually teaches him how not to Love and he spends therefore the rest of his life looking for it.
As a community and a society, getting back on track is rooted in our ability to Love. Because there is an absence of Love in the world it has caused us to forget who our creator is (The Almighty YAH is the Self-existing power of all that your eyes can see or cannot see. He is not YHWH or Jehovah and there is no such thing as anything or anyone predating him. I am neither Jew, Muslim, or Christian so again, we’re not talking about religion. We’re talking about love.), how to treat one aanother, who we are, and what our duty as a people is.
There is always unity among those with the same purpose, character and goal in life. But there will also always be those who are opposed, whatever that opposition may be. There is always good and evil, right and wrong, this way of seeing things and that way of seeing things. What we must do to get back on track is teach people what Love is, how to Love, how to spread Love, and how to live in Love. In so doing we will reach the remnant of Love seekers who are willing to accept it. It is the only way to move forward.