Black History With a Twist
I was watching an Instastory the other day and was inspired by none other than @diddy, to do something special for Black History Month. When I thought about it, I realized that even though I am black, I’ve never devoted much of my writings specifically to black history. It was like I thought that because I was black I didn’t have to. Not saying that I’ve never discussed race in my blog, because if you read my blog, then you know that I do in a spiritual sense, but I’ve never looked it in the eye and came for it head on. I just enjoy the memes, videos, and facts that @naturbanleague, @blackenterprise, @rolandsmartin, @officialblackwallstreet, @blacktechweek, @mediablackoutusa, @blackwomenarepoppin, @blackamericaweb and others will post for the month. But then I realized that I can do more. So, I’ve decided I’m going to use my platform, (S/O to all 61 of my subscribers 😊), and dedicate this month to black history month – only with a twist.
A while ago, I started seriously thinking about race. Though I know many of you have been woke all your life, and to you I salute, I on the other hand, didn’t wake up until my mid 40’s and as a result, started to seriously think about it. No longer excusing, overlooking or ignoring the issue, but seriously thinking about how I should think about it. Well, if you know me, then you know I’m a Word Girl, meaning I search for precedence’s in the Word about everything I want to know. When I searched the scriptures, I came across Matthew 24, that says in the last days, ‘nation will rise against nation’. Again, if you know me then you know that I’m a Word Girl, meaning I also search for etymological roots or the origin of words. Because I’ve learned that if I can locate the origin of a thing in the Word of God, then I can locate His original intent and thereby determine how I should think. To my surprise, I discovered the Greek word for nation is ‘ethnos’, which means ‘an ethnic group’. Therefore, what Jesus was saying is that ethnic group with rise against ethnic group. Hence, the racial divide currently brewing between black and white America.
So why would I point this out? Because instead of pointing out the outstanding accomplishments of black Americans in an effort to prove to white Americans that we matter, (#blacklivesmatter), I’m going to write about how you matter, by taking you on an inside look into my journals. Not to stunt. Because if you know me, then you know that I am a very, very, very and did I say very, very private person. So, I don’t do this haphazardly. But my hope is that you’ll finally come to terms with the ultimate purpose of black history month which is to motivate and inspire you to come up higher. But the thing about that, is that I couldn’t. Though I was thrilled at what others have done, I have to admit, their accomplishments inspired me momentarily. Meaning, I was temporarily inspired to go be the best me, to finish a chapter of a manuscript, or to work on a portion of my incomplete business plan. But for some reason, it wasn’t long lasting, until I started to ask myself some serious questions which led me to where I hope to lead you this month. My prayer is to not to lead you into the history of slavery, systemic racism, or the history behind make America great again, but prayerfully to challenge and lead you into finally coming to terms with the history of blackness…within yourself. Will you take the challenge?
Pray this with me: Heavenly Father, this is a sensitive subject and ask that throughout the next 27 days that You help me to see black history – within myself, and overall from Your point of view. Every idea, attitude, and belief that I have, that does not line up with scripture, even if I don’t agree with it, I ask for You to pluck it out of my spirit and soul and root me into the truth of Your Word. In Jesus’ name.
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