As a Black male, I have to be concerned about the status of Black male life in America because it ultimately affects me. I know that I am not exempt from the afflictions that plague Black males in America simply because I am a Christian minister who is working on a master’s degree. The world does not care about that; because at the end of the day I am a Black male. Nothing exempts me from this because my skin tone is always perceived as threatening. Because my skin tone is threatening to white folks as a Black man, Whiteness often tries to control me. This has been the case in America since my ancestors were forcefully taken from their homes in Africa and brought to this land. The control of Black bodies in America took shape in many forms including but not limited to slavery, the Black codes, medical experimentation, segregation, Jim Crow, the war on drugs, and mass incarceration.
Most recently Black bodies have been controlled by the new social caste system of mass incarceration....
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...ommunity will accept the promises of God. The first promise of God surrounding death and the fragility of Black life is found in Isaiah 41:10 and says “do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” The next promise of God I want to focus on is found in Revelation 21:4 and reads as such, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” The last promise I want to hone is found in Romans 8:38-39 and says, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
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