The STRIPES of Healing
This biweekly newsletter will seek to explain the pain and suffering mainly people of color endure through no fault of their own. The dehumanizing excuses our people always seem to elicit from people in power that make our Christian Brothers and Sisters accept their reasoning as if it was uttered by the Almighty. Lastly what I see with my own eyes begs the question from my conscience. “Are we loving or can we really love our neighbor as ourselves”.
Issue 12: Privilege. In Truth Corrosive?
Out of all the meanings of the word privilege this is the one that sums up the destructive nature of the word for me. Websters definition is ‘to be EXEMPT from all that others are held accountable for’. Forgive me this digital periodical edition for I must present this Issue with a warning that it will condemn and torment the mind of the demons that sit in those so called pews of ‘EvanDevical’ churches.
It always amuses me to hear from those demon worshippers this phrase. “If you just stop talking about all the atrocities committed against Black people for hundreds of years by white people, then white people will then start believing the truth of what happened to Black people at the hands of white people.” What? Huh? First instance of how privilege corrodes the normal thought process of a human being let alone a so-called Christian human being. Maybe that’s it. Hearing a flesh and blood man speak from a pulpit in a so-called church orate that it’s God’s will that Black people remain slaves. Hey, it could convince me if I felt no personal responsibility wrapped in zero accountability.
Now let’s convict these ‘EvanDevicals’ with the Holy Bible. A book rarely if ever used by the ‘EvanDevicals’. From King James version, Acts 19:23-34. I will paraphrase here, but you all are welcome to read the entire chapter on your own. “The silversmith Demetrius was afraid that the people, Jews and Gentiles, would begin to believe in God in the trinity. Demetrius called together everyone that worked in that occupation and the sellers of the image of Diana, an idol god, to rile them up against Paul. Money was at stake. Livelihoods would be lost. Demetrius had successfully angered the people to shouting for two hours how great was the goddess Diana.”
I believe I read in the Holy Bible somewhere that the ‘love of money is the root of all evil.’ Slavery was the engine of the Southern Economy. Stay there for a second. Imagine the world today with vast buildings and airplanes, subs under the sea, technology that allows all the world to speak to one another. Here we are still trying to ‘whitewash’ the utter stupidity of the white man! Slaves picking cotton would have gave the ‘Massa’, a disgusting nasty and smelly plantation owner, the idea to create Google. Shucking corns, peas, and tobacco would have given the ‘Massa’ the idea to develop transistors, the electrical grid, and lifesaving medicines.
Think about that a minute. Keep up with me now. Moving into the 1900’s where everything started to take off for humankind. Mass production and the ability to acquire great wealth was roaring everywhere but in the south. Why not? Because the south still believed in the ‘EvanDevicals’ and all the foolishness they spouted from there platforms. Oh, by the way, ‘media’ in all its’ forms, stop talking about the reach of evil is far greater today with electronics that in the past by word of mouth and print media. Just stop. Oh no? Give a reporter a lie about a Black boy whistling at a white woman and see how fast they find him and mutilate him!
Oh, I haven’t forgotten about privilege. If you don’t see it in the paragraphs above then you are truly hopeless. Okay, I’ll make it simpler for you. Whether you’re a wealthy person. Whether you’re a professional paid athlete. Whether you’re a politician male or female that finally has the ‘golden ticket’ (I’ll explain later). Whether you’re a person born a certain color. Privilege is a dangerous possession for you now. It makes you believe that the theft of Native American heritage to include images is something Native Americans support. How that makes sense is still beyond me. That’s like saying well during slavery we always believed Black folks were less than white folks. Just because it’s now 2021 doesn’t change my beliefs. Ah Right!
Newsflash to white people. Don’t turn your televisions on or read your favorite print mediums. God forbid don’t remind yourselves of January 2021 at the United States Capital. Please don’t get me wrong. I wasn’t put on this Earth to convince anyone to turn away from the evil they do. I raised my children in the manner God put forth in his word. Teach right from wrong. Encourage independence and strength of thought. Always respond back with the truth no matter if it stings their conscience.
Read the next few sentences as many times as you like. “That’s why privilege bestowed without an explanation of its’ power is destructive. It condemns the holder to the inability to assign value to what they now possess. For example, a good spouse married to a spouse void of the concept of devotion exposes the faults in that union. A professional athlete that’s unaware of his membership in a league laden with rules that govern his ‘golden ticket’ applies to his personal behavior as well. Money is usually the privilege given as the reason for not adhering to the rules. That’s why privilege is corrosive because the consequences can leave a person void of all its imagined protections.” Simple. Privilege is useless when given because the receiver doesn’t assign a value to it, or when it’s somehow earned privilege isn’t understood and thus results in a loss of achievable respect.
That’s why so many people voted twice for a man like Donald Trump. If you ask them they would say they simply voted Republican. These people yearn, long, lament a life that will never return for them. Make no mistake about what I’m saying. Just like Jesus came to correct many errors, lies, and outright ‘EvanDevical’ heresy. Power is going to be shared. Get over yourselves white people. Yeah, all those Black or ‘Colored’ (it says that on my birth certificate) folks borne of some beast described in ‘White Churches’ are right here. I will state for the record. “There are more ‘demons’ in white churches than will ever be out in the general public.”
The Southern Baptist Convention. Ha! Your very founding has Satan as its cornerstone! I’ve always wondered why on Sunday white people in Alabama gave off this façade of piety and all I felt was foreboding evil. Martin Luther King Jr. wasn’t wrong to ask white churches for help. He just didn’t know that in those churches God was never present.
Senators Manchin and Sinema now possess ‘golden tickets. Senator Manchin on his boat surveying the residents of his state. Senator Sinema reportedly taking contributions from the wealthy and powerful. Both of these people are through the door and into the chocolate factory. I remember a certain phrase growing up I’ve never forgotten. “Remember where you came from”. One has to be really careful when the scourge of hunger and lack are no longer nipping at your heels. One has to be really careful of being lavished with praise for an achievement no greater than being elected to Congress. I might add is the source of their ‘golden tickets’ to a life not seen before they stepped through those doors and heard the loud slam behind them.
The one constant that is still happening in this world is ‘CHANGE’. When it is ordained by the ‘First Father’ there is no stopping it. All the idiots littered throughout the history of this world speaking and acting from the privilege bestowed on them are the ones all too often that were left unchecked and unchallenged from which we have all the atrocities spotted throughout time.
Yeah America, just wrap a bandage on a broken arm and worry about cleaning it later. There are some of us in this country refusing to ignore the injuries. We will clean out all our wounds and stop them from festering in the hope of saving the whole body. Healing comes after locating where we’re injured and seeking the treatment needed so we finally can be on the mend. I say ‘Bravo’ to the Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal for not forgetting where she came from. May God keep the wind at your back.
It only takes a few of the actual God fearing to bring forth change. If the others wish to turn from their wicked ways and join us let God purify them with the fiery darts of his truth. ‘Lift every voice and sing till Earth and Heaven ring’.