I remember clearly seeing my first picture of a lynching and a burnt body contorted into a sculpture of twisted pain, Emmett tills swollen body reminding me of the fragility of human life and the hatred that could fall on me for simply being the wrong color at the wrong place.
These ghosts and the pain they possessed served as a warning that I was to function as a militant black male and continue the work of Malcolm X and lead my race into enlightenment.
I was raised Christian my religion is based on the new testament of the bible and embodies the teachings and life of Jesus Christ in my Belief God is a trinity encompassing God, The Son, and the Holy Spirit. Because of Adam and Eves disobedience man introduced sin into the world and severed their and all mans connection with God. In order for man to be redeemed from sin God sent his son Jesus who was both divine and human to serve as an offering and ultimately died for mans sin giving man a chance to reconnect through forgiveness. This forgiveness is granted upon confessing your sinful nature and having the faith to believe. Sad to say I really didn’t fully understand this concept until about 10-years ago when first joining my current church and actually took classes that fully explained the concepts and theory behind having faith and subsequently a relationship with God. Before this time I relied on my parents and church leaders to dictate to me how my religious experience should look. The first church I attended was House of the Lord church The Reverend Herbert Daugherty who was part pastor part political activist like Al Sharpton, I still remember the churches radio advert “all roads lead to 415 Atlantic Ave. (http://www.holc.org)
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...ael described The United States as an “octopus of exploitation “Whereby” a powerful few have been maintained and enriched at the expense of the poor and voiceless colored masses. I relate because at one time in my life I recall being dirt-poor and adhered to the Welfare system during the time of my father’s hiatus my mom received financial assistance from the state I hated food stamps the bills looked more like Monopoly money and signified a membership to the I 'm so poor I need assistance from the government club. I can 't tell you how many of my classmates received foods stamps to supplement their income because those of us that did went to great lengths to hide it. I think one of the worst things you can be perceived as is poor even a poor child would disrespect another child of equal economic status in the hopes of de-identifying themselves with the poor moniker.
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