A commentary regarding
Slavery – Segregation – Abolition …
Think of the rivers of blood spilled by slave holders who became financial emperors
White lives and Black lives –
Years of degradation
Privileges and Power
Men with whips
–Terror and violence –
Men in chains
Black life… Matters
Think of the cruelties inflicted by distinguishable inhabitants on places on a map.
Slavery – Segregation – Years of degradation –
Terror and violence –Chains and whips
Stolen Lives – White lies
Black life –Matters
“To be a slave is to be owned by another person. A slave is a human being classed as property and who is forced to work for nothing. An enslaved person is a human being who is made to be a slave. This language is often used instead of the word slave, to refer to the person and their experiences and to avoid the use of dehumanizing language.”-*
It means that every aspect of your life is owned by another person. Your sweat – your tears – your breath is owned and owed. It means that your body- and your skills-talents can be traded – sold like merchandise on a whim or a choice. It means the roof over your head belongs to another; the food you eat is what is given; and the time you rise, eat and sleep are set by another.
It means that those you make friends with – establish a family with – can be taken away… uprooted without notice. An educated slave was esteemed, but considered as a threat –
“Fearing that black literacy would prove a threat to the slave system — which relied on slaves’ dependence on masters — whites in many colonies instituted laws forbidding slaves to learn to read or write and making it a crime for others to teach them.” Sourced: Excerpt from South Carolina Act of 1740
A slave was … Branded: Marked permanently with a hot iron as identifiable property; traditionally used on cattle and livestock, as well as on some enslaved people, to show ownership.
Chattel slavery: A form of slavery, introduced by Europeans, in which the slave is treated as a piece of property, belonging to his or her owner, and has no rights; the slave is enslaved for life and his / her children are automatically enslaved too; chattel slaves can also be bought and sold just like cattle (from which the word chattel comes)
Emancipation: The state of being set free, or granted rights equal to others who already enjoy them; the freeing of slaves from slavery.
Segregation: Separating people, especially in the use of public facilities, employment, education, and housing; usually with a denial of political rights for the excluded group. – Information source: The Abolition Project.
It doesn’t matter if a slaveholder held one slave or a thousand… or if they were treated well or maltreated – they were still owned – and that person was unable to leave the property without a letter of consent.
The pictures below tell the story better than words how fervent hate was/is; and how eager many people are to degrade one another….
Are you seeing what I’m seeing? Understanding what I’m saying…
The desire for segregation -discrimination is alive – alert and stalking us…
this is still a part of our combined American history
Yes… my life matters… your life matters… but the topic of discussion is Black life and Black Life matters… As a White person I have no business equating my white life to the Black life of my friend. Working with him for several years on his family genealogy… I discovered many things… Black life – matters; and there is so much work to yet to be done…
I feel the need to address and stress this point – Because freedom, liberty and justice is still tied to white power, and very few citizens understand the depth and breadth of our white privilege – our power – our white intolerance and injustice; and because we are gearing for another race war, and this frightens me.
Is Black Lives Matter a hostile group? Conceivably – I don’t know for sure, yet. Is it a group I want to form an alliance with? No, but I do share an empathetic understanding of the hostility and the cause of it.
When someone says yes… all lives matter – — in an effort to equate White life experience to Black life experience – only serves to deny the ongoing struggle and appreciation for their own Black identity and survival.
If I am wrong in what I wrote – speak to me about this …
Educate me… Please.
We are not strangers – We are brothers…
“Remembering that we are all one, we pray today for our sisters and brothers in Dallas. And in every place on earth where there is pain. Where there is hurt. Where there is violence. Where there is hatred. Let our hearts unite together and enfold all people everywhere in prayers of healing and peace.” ~ A Unity Community.
I Hear A Call by Emmy Lou Harris
I Hear A Call – Click The Link Below
“And what is the wholesome? Abstention from killing living beings is wholesome; abstention from taking what is not given is wholesome… And what is the root of the wholesome? Non-greed is a root of the wholesome; non-hate is a root of the wholesome…”
Anger turned to rage _ He was ‘cool and calm; he had a pulse. But he was already a dead man, walking_ he didn’t know it then; but he had a plan in his head when he left home; he had a gun in his hand, he knew his fate. He knew his hours were numbered, he knew he would never return home.
PULSE: The moment he entered the door whatever calm there was inside was shattered as bullets flew and pandemonium broke out: Anger: rage: danger: People tried to run and hide_ then the sirens began to wail. The insanity against humanity: People died: Why? They were sons and daughters, sisters and brothers: nephews and cousins: –aunts – uncles: co-worker, a colleague; a close friend: Someone’s lover.
You are travelers on your way … you are homeward bound.
You are walking in the light … you’ve reached a new destination.
We’re the ones left behind … shedding our tears.
Somehow_ we’ll find the strength to carry on.
So many now left alone, bereft because of senseless act of violence carried
out by a bigot, a bully, because of his bias, his prejudice.
Anger: rage: danger: More sirens began to wail: Throughout the night the sirens wailed. Someone’s child died_ Mothers cry; fathers cry and rails: No! Not my child! A brother and sister cry; the sirens continued their wailing. The insanity of humanity expressing itself: Why, why?
Through the night the sirens wailed, ambulances came and went. Hospitals were on alert. The next morning nation’s question_ Why? The angels cry, asking why_ as we express our anger; concern and grief: Mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers, a lover, a neighbor, and strangers gather grieve and mourn in public and private spaces.
PULSE: There were twenty on the floor: then thirty-forty – forty-nine lives stolen by the thief who eventually joined the forty-nine on the floor. In anger – in calm rage he took many futures from us: Dear God: Why? Like a thief; he robbed families and friends of future celebrations: birthdays, special days; and their chance to graduate; to marry, become a parent_ more.
We’re in early mourning_ keeping a constant vigil: The danger has passed; for now. Though our hearts are heavy, and our heads are low. The flags of many nations are low and we are pausing momentarily before resuming our daily lives.
Deeply mourning we’re now keeping a united vigil_ supporting one another in the only way we know how… with flowers, songs, teddy bears, with hugs: lit candles; pictures of those who died; and remembering each other in our thoughts and prayers.
Orlando_ PULSE: Perhaps a bagpipe will wail_ perhaps a singer will sing of a journey_ homeward bound and our tears will fall anew; our hearts will falter- and skip a beat_ again. Soon everyone will begin to pick up the pieces of our individual lives_ moving on pushing the thought into the background: will history repeat itself? Dear God: Why?
In the aftermath of such violence – We hear the damming curses of tens of thousands filling the air with their anger… what has changed? Again I hear the angels cry; asking why! We cannot allow irrational judgment to overcloud our common sense and reason. Already we have far too many broken hearts, broken homes, broken dreams and lives. We are each one heart within the heartbeat of humanity. Let us, in our grief, pray for wisdom for understanding: Pray for our humanity.
From – Rea Carey, Executive Director
National LGBTQ Task Force
“This tragedy has also brought love, compassion and kindness from all corners of the world. I hope all of us can take in that show of support. The best thing we can do is to continue to be strong, to be human in all the emotions that come up for us, and show our resolve through the beauty of who we are in all the ways we identify and show up in the world.
In the face of such ugliness, our resolve to live openly and proudly remains undiminished — and we are undeterred from our work to create a nation where LGBTQ people can live free from the threat of discrimination, persecution and violence. Let’s all take care of each other as we find a path to peace and justice.”
To support the victims and their families,
please go togofundme.com/pulsevictimsfund.
I know we came here to love each other -here, in the circle of life
“We are not strangers –We are all brothers”
Inspiring the World –
“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”
~ John Wesley
Mr Wesley also said that ‘we should be rigorous in judging
ourselves and gracious in judging others.’
Fact: The LGBT population in US according to one study is 9 million people.
Fact: As a group, Evangelicals remain by far those most opposed to gay marriage in the US.
Fact: Government laws still that have roots in 19th century; prejudices are fueling 21st century hate, and writing discrimination into law moves society backwards. This is an open invitation to hate and intolerance.
Fact: There are still countries that enforce the death penalty for homosexuality as well as hanging, decapitation, stoning, imprisonment, flogging, improper burial; there is no political freedom or human rights.
I just now saw the recently released video that’s slamming what critics are calling the “homofascist monolith.” They are calling for a new “San Francisco earthquake” to shatter it. Well that certainly isn’t Christian. [The San Francisco earthquake and subsequent fire, in 1906, destroyed over 80% of the city and killed over 3,000 people] We have seen images of ISIS throwing gay men off of roofs, and cliffs; and a California man recently proposed a law to kill gays with ‘bullets to the head.’
These put all anti-gay laws to shame but let’s look at other great shames as well: In Alabama the KKK is publically siding with the State Attorney General in his vehement opposition to same gender marriage.
As we see there are senseless acts of violence around the world: LGBT people are targeted, assaulted and far too often murdered: LGBT Children and teens are taunted by their peers, beaten and bullied, pushed out of school, disowned by their own families, forced into marriage … and, in the worst cases, driven to suicide because of pressures caused by bullies.
Two years ago a friend of mine; a gay man of the cloth was kidnapped by a gang of men and held for three days in an apartment – these men sodomized him repeatedly with a broom handle and a beer bottle to teach him a lesson.
A Lesbian in Africa was gang raped by several young men [to cure her of her being a lesbian] then before they left one of them shoved a toilet bowl brush in her vagina.
This is evil.
“Creating safe and inclusive congregations for people who are LGBT embodies Jesus’ message that we are all one in Christ (Galatians 3:28). Such communities create transformational and, in many cases, life-saving experiences. As we work to better understand the needs of people who are LGBT, the best course of action is often to simply listen with an open mind and heart.
An authentic desire to support the needs of people who are LGBT will help all of us to discern the path ahead; we can build a ministry rooted in unconditional love — if we want to.
“It will take strong leadership from many people to make our communities safer and more inclusive place for ALL people including LGBT – It would be more productive not to dwell on theological arguments that are based in scriptural condemnation of things like same-sex practices; instead our dialogue should focus on the core Christian values; values such as love, compassion, grace, mercy, justice, unity and/or forgiveness.
“Earth, who gives to us this food,
Sun, who makes it ripe and good,
Dearest Earth, dearest Sun,
We won’t forget what you have done.”
People are walking in darkness and the Earth Mother is crying out – asking all of us to show more compassion and understanding; it’s time for us to re-gather to share our common wisdom and show respect to the Earth Mother, to its people and cultures.
You and I share this planet, a home that was created for us but the lands are being spoiled by greedy and power hungry men and there is only a minuscule of peace and harmony between nations, and little or no love between family, friends or neighbors.
The Earth Mother carries the burden of eleven billion people; and many hearts are hard and cold.
Around the world laws and legislation’s are being created which limit the liberties and freedoms of many of its citizens; and many people are disillusioned and disheartened because the once sacred teachings of love, respect, courage, honesty, humility, wisdom and truth are being set aside; forgotten or no longer practiced and many of the teachings are being distorted and the Earth Mother herself is being violently ravaged – violated and we must find ways to alter the course of this dreadful path. We must find the way to re-create the dream and the vision of health wellness that has always been a part of our common history.
In every conceivable way we touch millions of lives, the lives of those near and far for better or worse… this means that we must take personal responsibility for our words and our actions; we can no longer foul the air by saying hurtful things about others and behaving in ways that are harmful to our families, neighbors and the earth. Our combined voices can bring hope if we stand together and share our common wisdom and show respect to the Earth Mother, to all people, creatures and cultures.
… Dearest Earth, dearest Sun,
We won’t forget what you have done.”
Each day something beautiful awaits us, so walk softly on the warm earth, take time to see the beauty around you, enjoy the gentle things of life. Walk slowly on the path. Take time to enjoy the space between the stars and the stones; enjoy the night journey of the lady moon and the rising of the sun, enjoy the show of winter, the spring rains; the summer breeze and harvest moon, they are here to relieve our weariness.
- Twenty-five percent of respondents experienced employment discrimination;
- 37 percent experienced harassment at work;
- 39 percent experienced harassment from family;
- and 45 percent experienced harassment at school.
Cruel words add to societal stigma, resulting in creating and promoting prejudice and discrimination that LGBTI People face daily from society at large, and from family members, peers, co-workers and classmates.
Population in Arkansas:
- Total Adult Population: 2,238,250 –
- LGBT Population: 78,339
- LGBT -% of State Population:3.5%
- -% of Same-Sex Couples Raising Children:21%
Everyone has the right to live and to live together in peace and harmony; therefore we should never accept any vicious act or actions by a body of people that would outrage the conscience of mankind. Yet we do.
We should never accept bias or bigotry, yet we do:
Everyone has the right to know and be known – to see and be seen – to understand and be understood: Everyone has the right to feel safe; to enjoy peace; to experience serenity and tranquility in their home, their neighborhood and community, yet this is not so.
Everyone is different – yet we are all he same: We should recognize the inherent dignity and promote these equal and inalienable rights to all members of the human family as this is the foundation for freedom, justice and peace in the world. Yet we don’t.
As a Christian it is our duty and responsibility to promote friendship
The standard should promote inclusion and acceptance of LGBTI People.
The standard should promote equality of rights; we should promote respect.
We should provide the tender warmth of familial love that has been denied to so many
— familial love that so many have never known.
Churches play an integral and important role in dispelling the pervasive myth that all people of faith are anti-gay. Churches should be excited to share the message of welcome and exclusivity.
We need to work together to move forward toward the peace we want to see in our lifetime: We need to work together to bring respect and harmony – love to all people; we should never deny, exclude or exploit others.
Love is essential … it is a family value; LGBTI People have been part of all societies throughout history.
Love isn’t something that anyone needs to be afraid of. If God isn’t afraid of new things… why should we be?
We have forgotten that we are all connected with each other, that our love for each other is the key to world peace we pray for. We are not the judge: We are connected to each other through the thread of love, first through our families, then our neighborhoods, then our cities and nation and reaching out to the world as a community of nations called the world. All the great philosophers, the saints and sages have said those words in some form or another,and spiritually minded people; people of quality and worth do not go out of their way to create myths, spread lies and rumors that destroy lives.
People of quality sow seeds of understanding and teach tolerance as well as encourage, support, provide comfort and strength for everyone – their plans for community are inclusive.