On the 9th day of what is recognized as Black History Month, #BlackLivesMatter (BLM) Activist MarShawn McCarrel kills himself on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse. This was one of the first headlines that scrolled in my news feed on this day.
For me, this kind of news supports my advocacy in that we all should unequivocally know who we truly are. My initial thought, after I wept, was that if this young man knew who he was, he would have been able to utilize the power available to him, given to him, the real him, to combat the evil that was pronounced upon his life from centuries and bloodlines ago. But, not very many are imparting this truth and that is: WE ARE NOT BLACK PEOPLE!
When people mention Black History, some ignorantly BElieve that they are talking about African History. Black History and African History are not the same thing. Black History is, in fact, American Slave History. Accordingly, there is a reason that I do not subscribe to BEing or accept BEing called black. Even though it is part of America’s History, it is not who I AM.
In its contextual expression, as in referring to people, black is demonic. Yet, so many continue to define and identify WHO they are, as a race of people, by this choice word. A word that is used to degrade, and was bestowed upon people by an oppressor; a task master.
A hundred score and one, meaning a lot of, individuals have BEcome WHO the oppressor have said that they were. Black. A nigger. How did they BEcome that? I’ll tell you how. By accepting AND campaigning for rights to BE black, to BE that nigger. And, by identifying themselves as WHO the oppressor said they were…black…a nigger.
Thus, many continue to BE treated as if they are WHO the task master said they were, because they are still acting like who the oppressor said they were and they are still advocating to BE the same. They have BEcome a unified three strand cord with the name, the nature, the personality, and the behavior that the tormentor has given, taught, and engraved in them.
All the ages of protesting, rallying, and boycotting (even though the dial moves a little bit) will continue another 100 years for equality. Why? All in an effort to attempt to BE something that we, as a people, were never created to BE. However, and yet, many accept what they have said we are and those same many continue to build up on it to make it work on their behalf. How will you win a battle against the enemy that you, in the same breath, embrace as a truth? I can’t win a battle against cancer and then advocate to BE cancerous? SELAH!
DEFINE BLACK: very dark color; very dark BEcause there is no light; dirty, soiled; thoroughly sinister or evil; very sad, gloomy, or calamitous; RELATING to a race of people who have dark skin and who come originally from Africa.
DEFINE NIGGER: a black person; a member of a socially disadvantage class of people; a member of any dark-skinned race.
Who gave people these names I’ve just defined? It’s no mystery that man, a people of European traders, branded citizens from African into American slavery as black and nigger. We were not called these names until the slave traders and task masters defined us as what these names represents. And then, our ancestors of old laid hold to those names and the substance that came with it. Thus, we took it up on ourselves to carry on the language of a man, calling us a name that degrades.
In its contextual use, as it relates to people, black is, and means the same thing as, nigger. SELAH. So, people are literally walking around, parading, exercising die-ins, rallying in the highways, holding up traffic, saying, #NiggerLivesMatter! They hate the word nigger, but are carelessly saying #NiggerLivesMatter. If someone else calls them a nigger, they scream injustice and racism. However, they will call themselves black and scream power and equality…we want fair treatment…we deserve…we have rights. When will they wake up to the fact that they are fighting against themselves and their own agenda to BE free?
When when they realize that freedom will come when they are transformed in their minds and their language. Sadly, but true, so many have BEcome their own segregated person, because they fail to honor a simple truth in that #AllLivesMatter. Who’s advocating for ALL of us? SELAH!
Words? Why do they hate the “N” word (as they call it now), but they are constantly defining themselves as a nigger by continuously subscribing to BEing black? Words are everything! Every word has great value to it. Especially when you take time and years to BEcome that word. As a matter of fact, as I BElieve, the entire concept of this world and its inhabitants were created with words.
Now, so many of us in this age are continuously advocating for equality to BE known as black. In essence, and by definition, we are fighting for egalitarianism to BE evil, very sad, gloomy, or calamitous; dirty soiled; to BE a member of a socially disadvantage class of people. THAT is not who we are! WHY do we campaign to BE this, by the mere word itself?
Who are you?
I am a respectful citizen, who abides by what is honorable. I am a daughter, a mother, an aunt, and a cousin. I am a virtuous woman who dresses modestly and who speaks eloquently. I am an educated lady, an effective communicator, an observer of the good and ill behavior of others. I am compassion. SELAH! I am Pure Divine Love. I am a business owner, a child and family and healthy marriage advocate. I am a singer, a writer, and an author. I am a prophet, by name Nataph. SELAH! I am from the royal Biblical lineage of the Hebrew Israelites, specifically the tribe of Levi; I am of the Ibo people of Nigerian, I am a Native American of the Cherokee tribe, and I am European.
I KNOW who I AM and I’m not black!
© 2016 Angela M. Smith