Posted by: morgan1965 | August 4, 2016

Black Lives Matter

When I gaze back into our national history, I cannot help but wonder:

Did black lives matter?

The original Constitution had provisions that allowed southern states to count slaves as 3/5 persons for purposes of apportionment in the U.S. Congress; but, slaves could not even vote.

Did black lives matter?

How have African Americans been able to survive the onslaught of violence suffered at the hands of white people in the making of America?

Did black lives matter?

The violence against African Americans began when native people were taken into captivity on the shores of Africa and transported to America on ships (The Middle Passage) that featured tight packing, the lash, starvation, rape, and brutality.

Did black lives matter?

When the African men, women and children arrived in America, they were subjected to the seasoning process, prior to being sold into slavery on some distant plantation in an unfamiliar setting.

Did black lives matter?

Family members often were separated from each other with individual members      being sold to the highest bidder.

Did black lives matter?

The seasoning process was not only used to train persons for slavery, but to break their spirit, erase their culture and force their submission to slavery.

Did black lives matter?

After the Civil War, the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery was adopted by Congress and ratified by the states on December 18, 1865.

Did black lives matter? 

Emmett Till, Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King, Jr. and others were murdered.

Did black lives matter?

In the ensuing years after the Civil War until the present day, black people have suffered under the plight of The Black Codes, Jim Crow, denial of voting rights, the KKK, segregation, discrimination, lynching and oppression (economic and political), and mass incarceration.

Did black lives matter?

Too many unarmed black young men have been killed by police officers and civilians over the past several years.

Did black lives matter?

Yes, black lives do matter. Some folk counter with the response that all lives matter. Such a response misses the point, because all lives do matter. Blue lives have always mattered. White lives have always mattered. But, what about black lives? Have black lives always mattered? As reflected in the brief chronology above, one sees that black lives have not always mattered.

If all lives matter in our society, then we would not have a procession of young, unarmed black men being killed at the hands of white police officers. There would be no need to proclaim that black lives do matter.

Black lives do matter!

Think about it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Responses

  1. What about the Irish slaves????

    God loves each one of us… Laurie

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  2. Thank you Bishop for helping some people to remember or educating others. Yes, all lives matter, but Black lives have historically been under attack and still reside dwell in a precarious space.

  3. Bishop Lyght- really well spoken. Bishop may I have your permission to reprint in full Black lives matter in St. James UMC (Kingston, NY) newsletter? I believe doing so can help us move further in Christ around race issues here. Thank you for your consideration of my request. David Jolly- Pastor.

  4. Indeed Black lives do matter as your reminder of history ancient and recent,
    shows clearly that has often not been the case in the United States. and else where.
    I pray our recent discussions concerning this among people of good will lead to the understanding and reconciliation we need in our country.

  5. Black lives do matter, but it’s frustrating to see that forgotten by our own people. We have more of us killing each other than anyone else killing us. We have to believe we matter before others will.


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