Most African American will look at the above statement and say, “I don’t hide from slavery. I don’t care to talk about it because it’s in the past. Same response white people give… but for very different reasons.
White Americans use the phrase because it tramples on their sense of morality. Slavery was cruel, inhumane and animalistic. Whites want to be viewed as loving, kind and humane. Blacks on the other hand, run away from slavery because they feel shame, guilt and “less than.” Today, because of the many accomplishments, upper class blacks feel in many instances, that “They have arrived.”
When An American Story: My Family and Yours was released, a relative told me, “I don’t want to talk about slavery… that’s living in the past. I want to focus on today. We need to stop talking about what other people have done to us, and start doing for ourselves.” Sound familiar… that is exactly what many whites say. Either this person has been strongly influenced by the white mentality and believes what they believe or, he’s hiding. Slavery was and is America’s conscious desire to dehumanize part of its inhabitants, deny them citizenship and spread inequality and discrimination. It was racist, separative and exhibited “white supremacy,” but it is part of who we are. I could agree with my relative more, if those same attitudes about slavery did not exist today. Our present administration sanctions those same values, voices them, establishes polices to support them and lives them! That’s the main reason “slavery is not in the past!” Wake up people!
Calling all African Americans! We are not “less than,” inferior, lazy with no business aptitude. We have the same qualities as white, blue, green and yellow people. Don’t buy into that inferiority complex! God made “man in the image and likeness” of Himself, not the “white man in the image and likeness of Himself.” Don’t believe the lie that has haunted African Americans for over 250 years. We are what we believe!
Break free from the schisms of the past. Read and understand the words of the greatest man who walked the face of the earth–Jesus, who said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27).
The world says freedom is external, Jesus preached it is internal. The world says be afraid of what the laws and lack of civil rights can do to you, Jesus preached “Be not afraid.” Fear shocks the consciousness and rapes the soul. The man of God’s creation is neither black or white…he is spiritual.
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