Like most people during that time period, I was both riveted and inspired by this story because it gave me a sense of where I may have come from. However, my inspiration was quickly doused by the way the African characters were mistreated during and after the middle passage to America.
The purpose for me watching this mini-series was because it was a seventh-grade history class assignment. After the mini-series was over, my class had to write a report which required me to actually give thought to what I was watching on T.V. Now to accomplish that task, I had to take a good, hard common-sense look at this mind-altering event.
When it was my turn to give my insightful view, my 7th grade teacher asked, “What did you get from the movie?” I answered, “Angry!”
Fast forward a few years (quite a few). I took a tour of a small African-American museum in Baltimore, MD and was met again with some of the horrors from our collective past. This time the curator asked, “What did you get from the tour?” I quickly answered, “Angry!”
Let me clarify. In both situations, I was not angry for reasons you might think. I was angered because of the images that have been flooding our minds for centuries and that are still affecting us today. These images that I am talking about are images of physical, emotional, and spiritual bondage which led to the inferiority sickness that prevails today.
Now I am not so inclined to rehash the “look at what they’ve done to my people” routine. It’s been done. I would, however, like to take the time to shed some light on our plight and try to get what I think might be a definitive cure for what ails us collectively.
To find a cure, we must first find the source to this malady.
Where might we find the source that will “Shed light on our Plight”? Let’s go to the Bible. For you non-religious folks, don’t get riled up. I simply use this as a reference since we are a spirit led people and I don’t want you to think that I am making this up.
If you will listen diligently to the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments which I command you this day, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.
And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you if you heed the voice of the Lord your God.
Blessed shall you be in the city and blessed shall you be in the field.
- Blessed shall be the fruit of your body and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your beasts, the increase of your cattle and the young of your flock.
Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading trough.
Blessed shall you be when you come in and blessed shall you be when you go out.
The Lord shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
The Lord shall command the blessing upon you in your storehouse and in all that you undertake. And He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you.
The Lord will establish you as a people holy to Himself, as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.
And all people of the earth shall see that you are called by the name [and in the presence of] the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you.
And the Lord shall make you have a surplus of prosperity, through the fruit of your body, of your livestock, and of your ground, in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.
The Lord shall open to you His good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
And the Lord shall make you the head, and not the tail; and you shall be above only, and you shall not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you this day and are watchful to do them.
And you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right hand or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command you this day, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you:
Cursed shall you be in the city and cursed shall you be in the field.
Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading trough.
Cursed shall be the fruit of your body, of your land, of the increase of your cattle and the young of your sheep.
Cursed shall you be when you come in and cursed shall you be when you go out.
The Lord shall send you curses, confusion, and rebuke in every enterprise to which you set your hand, until you are destroyed, perishing quickly because of the evil of your doings by which you have forsaken me [Moses and God as one].
The Lord will make the pestilence cling to you until He has consumed you from the land into which you go to possess.
The Lord will smite you with consumption, with fever and inflammation, fiery heat, sword and drought, blasting and mildew; they shall pursue you until you perish.
The heavens over your head shall be brass and the earth under you shall be iron.
The Lord shall make the rain of your land powdered soil and dust; from the heavens it shall come down upon you until you are destroyed.
The Lord shall cause you to be struck down before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them, and you shall be tossed to and fro and be a terror among all the kingdoms of the earth.
And your dead body shall be food for all the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and there shall be no one to frighten them away.
The Lord will smite you with the boils of Egypt and the tumors, the scurvy and the itch, from which you cannot be healed.
The Lord will smite you with madness and blindness and dismay of [mind and] heart.
And you shall grope at noonday as the blind grope in darkness. And you shall not prosper in your ways; and you shall be only oppressed and robbed continually, and there shall be no one to save you.
You shall betroth a wife, but another man shall lie with her; you shall build a house, but not live in it; you shall plant a vineyard, but not gather its grapes.
Your ox shall be slain before your eyes, but you shall not eat of it; your donkey shall be violently taken away before your face and not be restored to you; your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and you shall have no one to help you.
Your sons and daughters shall be given to another people, and your eyes shall look and fail with longing for them all the day; and there shall be no power in your hands to prevent it.
A nation which you have not known shall eat up the fruit of your land and of all your labors, and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually.
So that you shall be driven mad by the sights which your eyes shall see.
The Lord will smite you on the knees and on the legs with a sore boil that cannot be healed, from the sole of your foot to the top of your head.
The Lord shall bring you and your king whom you have set over you to a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you shall [be forced to] serve other gods, of wood and stone.
And you shall become an amazement, a proverb, and a byword among all the peoples to which the Lord will lead you.
You shall carry much seed out into the field and shall gather little in, for the locust shall consume it.
You shall plant vineyards and dress them but shall neither drink of the wine nor gather the grapes, for the worm shall eat them.
You shall have olive trees throughout all your territory but you shall not anoint yourselves with the oil, for your olive trees shall drop their fruit.
You shall beget sons and daughters but shall not enjoy them, for they shall go into captivity.
All your trees and the fruit of your ground shall the locust possess.
The transient (stranger) among you shall mount up higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower.
He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.
All these curses shall come upon you and shall pursue you and overtake you till you are destroyed, because you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you.
They shall be upon you for a sign (of warning to other nations) and for a wonder, and upon your descendants forever.
Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness of [mind and] heart [in gratitude] for the abundance of all (with which He had blessed you)
Therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord shall send against you, in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and in want of all things; and He will put a yoke of iron upon your neck until He has destroyed you.
The Lord will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you shall not understand.
A nation of unyielding countenance who will not regard the person of the old or show favor to the young,
And shall eat the fruit of your cattle and the fruit of your ground until you are destroyed, who also shall not leave you grain, new wine, oil, the increase of your cattle or the young of your sheep until they have caused you to perish.
They shall besiege you in all your towns until your high and fortified walls in which you trusted come down throughout all your land; and they shall besiege you in all your towns throughout all your land which the Lord your God has given you.
And you shall eat the fruit of your own body, the flesh of your sons and daughters whom the Lord your God has given you, in the siege and in the [pressing] misery with which your enemies shall distress you.
The man who is most tender among you and extremely particular and well-bred, his eye shall be cruel and grudging of food toward his brother and toward the wife of his bosom and toward those of his children still remaining,
So that he will not give to any of them any of the flesh of his children which he is eating, because he has nothing left to him in the siege and in the distress with which your enemies shall distress you in all your towns.
The most tender and daintily bred woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot upon the ground because she is so dainty and kind, will grudge to the husband of her bosom, to her son and to her daughter
Her afterbirth that comes out from her body and the children whom she shall bear. For she will eat them secretly for want of anything else in the siege and distress with which your enemies shall distress you in your towns.
If you will not be watchful to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may [reverently] fear this glorious and fearful name [and presence]--THE LORD YOUR GOD
Then the Lord will bring upon you and your descendants extraordinary strokes and blows, great plagues of long continuance, and grievous sicknesses of long duration.
Moreover, He will bring upon you all the diseases of Egypt of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you.
Also every sickness and every affliction which is not written in this Book of the Law the Lord will bring upon you until you are destroyed.
And you shall be left few in number, whereas you had been as the stars of the heavens for multitude, because you would not obey the voice of the Lord your God.
And as the Lord rejoiced over you to do you good and to multiply you, so the Lord will rejoice to bring ruin upon you and to destroy you; and you shall be plucked from the land into which you go to possess.
And the Lord shall scatter you among all peoples from one end of the earth to the other; and there you shall [be forced to] serve other gods, of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known.
And among these nations you shall find no ease and there shall be no rest for the sole of your foot; but the Lord will give you there a trembling heart, failing of eyes [from disappointment of hope], fainting of mind, and languishing of spirit.
Your life shall hang in doubt before you; day and night you shall be worried, and have no assurance of your life.
In the morning you shall say, Would that it were evening! and at evening you shall say, Would that it were morning!--because of the anxiety and dread of your (minds and) hearts and the sights which you shall see with your (own) eyes.
And the Lord shall bring you into Egypt again with ships by the way about which I said to you, you shall never see it again. And there you shall be sold to your enemies as slaves, but no man shall buy you.
Source: Bible Gateway
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