Soul Purpose of Blacks in America
"Shedding Light on Our Plight"
Soul Purpose - Part Three
How can a slave be free?
Drive through an inner-city neighborhood in most large cities. Notice how on opposing corners sits a church in all its glory, probably the best, well-kept building on the block, with the leader of the flock clamored in beautiful robes. And, to balance it out, the liquor store or place of ill repute which bespeaks the wretchedness of the same people.
How can a man be free?
A few years back, I gave a lecture on how we (the entire world) are in this together. It’s not us and them, it’s we. One white gentleman in the audience said that he was confused as to what to call me. I explained that I remember going from colored to black to African-American. Who decides? Our government does. Here is an interesting fact, the next time you look at a job application, notice how people from northern Africa are categorized as white.
By the way, I told him that I would prefer to be called "J"
What's In A Name?
When you call a man native to this country an African-American you are placing limits on him. This is his country and should be afforded the right to call himself an American. I know that to some of you this is splitting hairs. In fact, I’ve read somewhere that we should be grateful to be here and why would we ask for crumbs when you can have the whole slice of bread? I agree, but IMAGES are not put forth that shows this slice of bread being available.
To gain a better understanding, imagine that some strange people snatch you from your car as you are going to work. You are blindfolded and taken to a place where you don’t speak the language, no one there looks like you, and you are forced to adopt and adapt to the habits of this strange land.
Centuries later, your future offspring know little to nothing about your home land; it is an idea that’s hard to comprehend. Your culture is now lost, there is nothing for your family to hold on to. The people in this strange land aren’t as welcoming or understanding as they should be so they try to ignore, denigrate, and make you feel like a second class citizen.
Meanwhile, you have to re-create yourself – produce a spinoff from this strange land and/or try to fit in. It makes a man feel like a stranger in the country of his birth. No other ethnic group is limited by such. Besides American, due to the nature of its melting pot, is not a culture. It’s a multi-culture.
"No Man Shall Buy You"
In Deuteronomy, God said, “No man shall buy you”. No man shall intercede on the behalf of the African/Edenic people. It is an internal problem requiring an internal solution. It is time now for each and every one of us to wake up and take our collective place in the world. Whether you believe the bible or not is not up for debate here. You have to admit though, that the commandments put before us (a set of societal laws for living in harmony) are not that difficult to follow. In fact, society as a whole, if lived by its tenants (not religion particularly), would be much better off. What if we took just one “thou shall not kill” – would not the conversation about leaving or staying in Iraq be useless?
Since no man can help, here’s how to help yourself:
Take those images of your ancestors, look back to invigorate your soul. Use those images to realize that you are a product of natural law, the law that states that only the strong will survive or survival of the fittest. Realize that you are among the strongest race of humans to walk this earth because of what your ancestors had to endure.
Realize that it is time now for you to stand up and give a hand up for someone else who’s struggling to stand. Look back only for the inspiration to drive forward. The images of the past are motivation enough to map out a future, your future.
Most importantly, realize that in the near future, someone will be looking back at you, looking for their own inspiration. What kind of world will you leave behind for them?
I know that I’ve delved into the past, revealed some ideas that may be uncomfortable for you. I know that some religious folk will take offense to what I’ve written. I’ve been down this path before. I know that some of you will strongly disagree with me and that is your right to do so. I will, however, challenge anyone to provide me with more insight as to why a particular race had this particular experience.
When you pull back the layers of how savage a human can be, there is a lesson. If this biblical representation of our reprehensible past is true then understand this:
The sickness of slavery did not just happen to the African/Edenic people. It was universal and all were infected by it, albeit in different ways. Society now finds it hard to communicate for fear of hurting each other's feelings by saying the "wrong" thing. People have lost lives and jobs for uttering opinions or being in the wrong place at the wrong time. We are divided because of a percentage of melanin.
If you take a snapshot of our past and follow this logic, you will see that the Soul Purpose of Blacks in America is to be that example of what can happen if the “Law” is not diligently followed. Yes it does seem a bit religious in kind, but I am not talking about religion. I am talking about following that Inner Voice and allowing Love and the Golden Rule to be your measuring stick as to how we treat one another.
We are embarking upon a new time, a new mindset. There is a new spirit in the air, the world is changing, and we are witness to it. Do we finally come together and love our fellow man no matter where he is from, what he looks like, or language he speaks. Or, do we continue on with the ignorance and hate of our forefathers that's been used to divide us?
It’s up to you.