Black History: Does Race Still Matter?
Black history begins with a positive: “Who Am I” experience! Most importantly, in celebrating Black History Month, Blacks must celebrate God, because Blacks were given a distorted conception of God by slave owners. In fact, because of “institutional racism” the Black church is Black society. It was so from the beginning, and it will be so until the end of time. Moreover, slavery and Jim Crowism (suffering) helped Blacks to come to know God as the “suffering-servant”. That is, the God of our forefathers who suffers with his children. “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7). Now that we know better, we must do better. But, instead of doing better, we have become confused by casting our burdens upon naming and claiming pastors, and hooking and crooking politicians. Christian Ministry is not just in church houses, but ministry should be exercised in our nine to five employments; especially now that a mentality such as that of President Trump is in the White House. Listed below are five Kingdom building survival musts, because in the past, The Black church was not only the house of God, but it was also the house of godly direction in civic affairs, educational development, and godly teachings against all mind altering spirits (alcohol, over the counter drugs, and street drugs). Moreover, the Black church must take the high ground, and declare spiritual warfare against all forces of evil, both internally, as well as, externally.
Is Racial Identity Important To Millennial Blacks?
If race does not matter to millennial Blacks; it should matter simply because American society has not yet come to a point in its historic struggle with race; whereby, it has overcome the vestiges of slavery and institutional racism. The physical “For White Only” signs have been taken down, but the mental signs are still in the minds of many, many Whites. Without a doubt, it is much more difficult to “pull-down” spiritual mental strongholds than taking down physical signs. Behold the ungodly results of the Presidential election of 2016 and the implications for the world community. The election of Donald J. Trump to the office of president was spiritually grounded in notions of “White Privilege” (institutional racism). President Trump’s language style and public policy pronouncements are classic examples of a racist exclusionary mindset. Without a doubt, the 2016 Presidential election was not about jobs, international trade agreements, the Rust-Belt, or coal miners losing jobs, but the “racial tanning” of American society (multiculturalism).
Positive And Negative Characteristics Of HBCUs!
First of all, one hundred years ago we had over three hundred HBCUs. Today, we have 103. Question: What happened? It is a moral-intellectual imperative that we improve all levels of public schooling (K-12), because social democracy requires an intelligent populace. As a matter of fact, far too many twenty-first century Black students who attend HBCUs are ill-prepared to do college level work. This was not the “situational-condition” prior to 1964 Civil Rights Acts and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The positive side of attending an HBCU is that students do have opportunities to participate in procedural activities that enhance intellectual development and leadership skills; including remedial classes for non-proficient students. In fact, it’s far too much “political-chicanery” in education at every level, and not enough common sense leadership.
The Institutional Effects Of Racism?
First of all, Blackness is a part of both one’s humanity, as well as, divinity. But, more importantly, Blackness is rejected by American society and its institutional structure. Therefore, racism is a God problem, not a color problem. God hates racism. Whites, as well as, Blacks have nothing whatsoever to do with the color of their skin; it is the Gift of God. The real question is, how does an individual “affirm” his/her Blackness since it is divine?
The Importance Of The “Word Of God”?
Understanding these scriptural verses will enlighten an individual’s life’s journey, spiritual-emotional-stability, as well as, “Christian Walk”. “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33). Above all, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” (1 Peter 5: 8-9). Therefore, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7). Above all, “Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known unto God. And the peace of God which passesth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7). It is “SIN” that divides, that is separates individuals from each other: Yesterday, Today, and “separatism” will only end when Jesus comes back again.
Advice For Young People?
Young people must be intellectually taught and spiritually understand that they come into the world innocent; and therefore, individuals must be taught that they are a child of God with a great inheritance. The real question is: “What are you going to do with “your” great inheritance from God?” Moreover, do not accept all that you read and see on the internet. The greatest instrument of the devil in the twenty-first century just might be technology (the internet) and texting. Individuals must stay grounded in the word of God, because everything you need to know about life is in a “TEXT” from Genesis to Revelation. Obey the WORD, and look forward and don’t look back. Face your trials and tribulations, and when you get knocked down by life’s challenges, pick yourself up, continue to fight, and don’t back yourselves into “CAGES” that others have built for you. And, stay away from mind altering drugs: “A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste”. Reading is spiritually developmental; therefore “Read The Book of Life”; not just Instagram, Facebook, MediaTakeOut, and so on. “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (Revelation 1:3). Spend more money on reading materials (books) than the vanity of the world. Too many young Blacks cannot read; because they do not read. Black churches are duty bound spiritually to reclaim young Black men from street gangs, schoolhouse dysfunctional clichés, prisons, and dysfunctional ungodly lifestyles. Above all, Black churches must be in the forefront of reestablishing a spiritual defense system against moral decadence. Selah!