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Looking back, I’m grateful I didn’t achieve the wealth I set out to accomplish. Otherwise, I would have never discovered who I really was or how to come back and help my people. I, too, was living swell, in white folks heaven and my memory was affected…I thought all slaves were free too. My “freedom” was temporary however and I was returned to my American slave roots.
Carter’s Teaching from Norris Shelton.
Athletes are not leaders, they are gladiators. They can not lead because they are caught up in the same identity crisis…as the rest of us.
America’s Little Black Book
…the gash of slavery was left untreated; a war was fought to end slavery; but no one attended to the wound caused by enslavement. Racial unrest amid the violence that it breeds is nothing more than a SIGNAL to remind us that slavery still needs attention.
America’s Little Black Book
A real leader is a person who knows his identity, his followers identity, HIS DESTINATION, his route, and be able to communicate a ‘collective advancement plan’ to those he is leading.
There has been ONE Plan of Action implemented in this community since the death of the 16 month old in our commUNITY. And you’re never gonna hear about it from the “CULTURE VULTURES”…BLACK OUT MONDAY is not an event…it is an INVOLVEMENT.
Carter’s Teaching on Solutions
Until this day, no one has made white America, the slave perpetrators accept their inherited responsibility and pay for the damage done to the American slaves.
America’s Little Black Book by Norris Shelton.
The denial in the black community that we are, in fact, descendants of American slaves, causes a shame, a carryover from slavery…that has festered into a deeply-rooted HATE…which has turned inward. Whites don’t realize our dissatisfaction because there is no one to speak up for us…WE ARE A VOICELESS PEOPLE and we are frustrated at not being able to do a thing about the anger building in our communities (Shelton p.49)
Reading Norris Shelton’s brilliant treatise on the breeding, abandonment and lack of leadership has confirmed in me a Vision, an Ideal whose time has come. I began this journey at a “community” meeting led by my friend Jerald Muhammad, a dedicated and gifted organizer… in the basement of the church pastored by another friend and mentor…civil rights icon Rev. Charles Elliott. It was in response to a senseless act of violence that we had been called together and I was there to support the communities efforts. The meeting started out with a prayer of Invocation, seeking divine guidance but it soon became clear that we were being “held hostage” in a Muslim mosque meeting, no questions allowed. The intent of the meeting was commendable.. but it was then these words from Shelton rushed back into my mind and have informed my every action since…”Slave leaders don’t know how to repair the problem…they continue to use the same old quick fixes that have always failed. Being too blind to look for any new solutions, and too close minded to ask for help, THEY TYPICALLY HOLD FUTILE MEETINGS AND SHAKE THEIR FISTS IN THE AIR (Shelton, pg. 50)”. I realized that these short term pacifications were the reason for the real problem…the internalized shame and hatred resulting from slavery… was turning inward on ourselves…our children…our community.
The next issue my Vision had to confront, in my mind, was the obvious divisiveness in our community when it comes to leadership. It seems many of us want to be told…what to think…rather than how…to think. As we developed a strategy…a plan…we made a determined effort to support the pacification of the community by politicians and other activists who made the pilgrimage to Ferguson…who convened blue-ribbon panels to discuss police criminality ie Bridge Louisville…we listened as pastor after pastor addressed the symptoms but never the disease. We offered an opportunity to unify the community in a collective plan of action called BLACK OUT MONDAY. We asked that persons who wanted to do something…the use the energy and momentum built by the confrontations occurring in Ferguson…could support one another by patronizing black-owned businesses on September 8th.
Although the established leadership in this city was aware of our efforts…only one pastor, William Shumake of Community Missionary Baptist Church offered any support or even announced it in the churches…no media outlets, black or white lent any news coverage and one young pastor asked “who is behind it” “Has their been any community meetings?” Really?? This from the co-president of a civil rights organization in Louisville. The “gatekeepers” simply slammed the door shut and ignored the Movement.
But as you are probably aware by now…BLACK OUT MONDAY went viral…was internationally implemented and now EVERY MONDAY hundreds of thousands of Americans use an App called #aroundtheway to locate and patronize black owned businesses nationwide, Africa and Europe.
We have been done a disservice by our current and past leadership who have highlighted our differences rather than illustrate how much we have in common with one another. A leaders job is to show the way…for ALL of us…together. That leader will take the lead in teaching the masses of us HOW to think. ” “Until this day, no one has made white America, the slave perpetrators… accept their inherited responsibility and pay for the damage done to the American slaves.
Economic empowerment not political power is the solution and the leader that we…descendants of American slavery…seek… must be aware of this and chart a way out…collectively by pooling the resources of the elite and wealth accumulating members of the black community, working towards the ultimate destination…the Abundant Life, where our natural, emotional and spiritual needs are met AND we are helping others meet their needs as well.
(Old Society leaders) don’t know how to repair the problem, and peer pressure causes them to be afraid to try any new ideas. They continue using the same quick fixes that have always failed. (America’s Little Black Book by Norris Shelton) Hence, the community “conversations”…Academic and Professional Panel discussions, rallies and protest marches…while I support my brothers and sisters…I must attempt to illustrate a “more excellent way.” This requires acknowledgment of the fact that we are descendants of American Slaves and since there has been no formal agreement…America’s slaves are legally, mentally and morally enslaved until there is a written declaration outlining their freedom. Tricking us into thinking we were free without devising a plan to assimilate us into mainstream America was not emancipation…but the biggest injustice in American history. (Shelton).
Integration was a foolish decision born out of the emptiness of our discontent.
Carter’s Teaching on Civil Rights: A great MOVEMENT OR huge MISTAKE??
PART TWO…Separately…we could not be equal…or so said the 9 wise white guys who made up the Supreme Court. And we believed it. We had to… were told by the Highest Court in the land… that we would forever be second-class citizens…. unless and until we went to their schools, shopped at their stores and lived in their neighborhoods.
Nevermind the thousands of black teachers who lost their jobs because they weren’t “good enough” to teach white children. Nevermind the thousands of businesses, we lost…many by fires we ourselves set in our blind frustration and rage. Nevermind the grand old homes and tight-knit neighborhoods (that white people are reclaiming again through gentrification)…that the best and brightest of us…abandoned in our flight to follow the white flight when whites couldn’t live together with second-class citizens (the Supreme Court said it was “inherently” so) and fled the inner cities.
We envied what evil people had and GOD really wanted us to know that we were His children…in Psalms 37:1 (Easy English Version)the psalmist writes…”Do not make yourself angry because of what evil people do. DO NOT FEEL THAT YOU WANT TO BE LIKE THEM…they are always doing evil things” and verse 3 teaches…”Trust in the Lord and do good things. Live in the land and you will be safe. You will enjoy what it gives to you.”
Obviously, we DID get angry…we DID want what white folks had…and we wanted to be like them. So we forced integration on an evil people who had a well-documented history of doing the wrong things…manifest destiny…slavery…Jim Crow…Vietnam and finally desegregation. We must take responsibility for the consequence of our own foolish decisions. We won’t be able to heal until we identify the Core Wound…disobedience to God…peel off the Mask…stop trying to “out white” white folk…get back to trusting in God and supporting one another’s dreams, aspirations and businesses.
We must remember God’s Plan and His Promises…verse 10…”Soon the godless man will be gone and if you look for his place you will not find him.” This means that we will cease to self identify as white or black…no more civil rights slippery slopes that have born all kinds of “rights” that God is not a part of… and the sense of entitlement about what we deserve… when we deserve death for our discontent and disobedience but Grace and Mercy has saved us and preserves us..
Soon you will hear of a Plan…a way to honor God with obedience and lift ourselves out of the economic abyss we put ourselves into…by trusting the Lord, acknowledging Him…allowing Him to direct our steps…I am excited…to be honored…by having received…. this Vision of the black community in the New Age…the Age of Information. STAY TUNED…DETAILS SOON!