For my first post I shared an excerpt of an essay I wrote last semester in my English class. Martin Luther King spoke his “I Have A Dream” speech. His nonviolent and biblical morals was a perspective that White men had never been brought to from a Black man. Peace protest, marches, and boycotts against the towns and cities of the south that lead him to Washington D.C. expressing that the rights that we as decedents of slaves are not the same as other citizens of America.
Blacks have to understand their unalienable rights, which means as a citizen of the country cannot be taken away as long as the person is a citizen. Man, woman, or child of all races have the unalienable rights of “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”. No one from another race, religion, or culture is supposed to take or deny a citizen of their rights. Blacks have not obtained these rights to their full potential because they have been forced into shackles and chains; put into a field to work for twelve plus hours a day, without learning the ability to read, write, or allowed to understand the culture that we were enslaved in, slave owners brought them to America with no intent to allow these people to be knowledgeable. In her article from Clergy Journal, “Living Together In The “World House” is about Dr. King’s values of world peace. Pamela K. Brubaker, explains that citizens have to “educate themselves, families, congregations, and neighborhoods so a more responsible and sustainable way of life” (4). African American men and women as a group has not educated themselves on how to live beyond the time of slavery, unable to use their rights to maximum potential in this country.
After enslavement ended, while Blacks were finding their place as citizens of America. White politicians and public leaders were creating state and local laws that segregated blacks and whites throughout the southern states. Ferris State University sociology professor, Dr. David Pilgrim states in his article “What was Jim Crow” on ferris.edu, Jim Crow laws became the “way of life” for many Blacks in the south. Jim Crow laws labeled Blacks as second class citizens, Blacks were treated like they were not citizens but abominations. Majority of the politicians in the south and nearby states wanted Blacks “unalienable rights” of Life, Liberty, and pursuit of Happiness to never exist which led millions of “second class citizens” to exile out of the south to relocate in northern states. In Isabel Wilkerson’s article “The Road to Freedom” from Smithsonian, she explains in 1963 ideology of African American’s leaving the south to find opportunity and escape the submissive “Jim Crow” laws. “Millions of African- Americans had already testified with their bodies to the repression they had endured in the Jim Crow South by defecting to the North and West” (Wilkerson 40). The pain and fears from the race past creates a barrier of progressions the majority white men and women physically segregated themselves and children from a human that breathes, eats, sleep, and enjoy a movie just like them. Due to the color of their skin Blacks were shown the “vast ocean of material prosperity” was not for them! (King 1).” These two races are citizens of America and were granted, “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” but after a hundred years of “freedom” a black man people denied the right to sit down and eat a sandwich in a burger shack. Not because of the man not being able to afford his sandwich but because of his race.
Now fifty- three years after King’s speech in Washington D.C., Black families are still searching for the rights that cannot be taken from them. Knowledge of personal freedom is the rights that Black men and women are missing. “America has given the Negro people a bad check which has back marked ““insufficient funds”” (King 2). The United States of America has given Black people a check of insufficient funds of information. Still to this day families have not questioned or attempted to end the time of uniformed. Although families are making money and are living in homes they have to rent or take a mortgage. The money Blacks are making are leaving their pockets no faster than obtaining it. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness is not surviving from paycheck to paycheck, paying off debt, or filing for government assistance to keep food in the refrigerator. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is a phrase that Blacks cannot achieve until the race stands as one, the majority race in America and create a voice by understanding and striving for unalienable rights. Caucasian men have had control of what happens in the country full of diverse races from all over the world. A noted scholar, Ron Large from Journal of Religious Thought, explains in his article “Martin Luther King Jr.: Ethics, Nonviolence, And Moral Character” Martin Luther King’s thoughts of moving forward to obtaining unalienable rights. “The reversal of the immobility requires an assault on the parameters of black self-perception by empowering people with the strength to “bury the psychology of servitude” (Large 54). When African American culture starts developing their own perception of themselves instead of other cultures showing Blacks where they came from. The race will be empowered to make America better for all races in their own perception of themselves. Negros will always be inferior to other Americans, because the days of slavery in America never ended. When all Blacks have the unalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and pursuit of Happiness as other citizens when justice will be served.
Removing the fabrications from Black’s history would give the race knowledge and understanding to better them by learning their true values to progress forward. Negros came to America getting their culture removed from them and a new one installed. After Blacks were allowed to go to school, their true history before enslavement was not told. As generations passed, blacks have more less accepted what society has given to them as history. Students today read and learn about slaves that attempted to over throw the white slave master or educated slave decedents getting their ideas/innovations that made everlasting impact on the world. What young and older Negros have yet to learn about their own society, culture, or history from the time before being captured on the shores of West Africa by Caucasian and African men. “Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children” (King 2). In Elias Fanayaye Jones writing “Black Hebrews: The Quest for Authentic Identity” from Journal of Religious Thought, he explains during the “Great Migration black preachers in the United States and Caribbean, taught Negros were actually the lost sheep of Israel. Prophets taught that God, Jesus, Jacob, and Esau were black and that blacks are the true Jews, also called Israelites” (Jones 35). King’s biblical foundation showed Blacks did come from somewhere before America, which led to more Blacks behind him during the Civil Rights Movement. Negro’s time of enslavement in America has been interpreted in the bible. Andre Key, author of “If thou do not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God: A Citique of Theodicy in Black Judaism”, from Black Theology: An International Journal reasoned the passage of Genesis 15:13 was a prophecy that foretold of Black enslavement. “He said unto Abram, know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years” (272). The unknown knowledge of Black’s history and religion is a power that has oppressed the race for many generations. Israelites have to accomplish three goals in order to understand and use America’s unalienable rights efficiently. Key says, “First reclaim a lost African identity, come to terms, theologically, with the presence of African people in the Americans, and articulate an understanding of the divine that supports their liberation” (273).
We as a people we have to come together and show the people that has controlled our lives for the past 400 years that we; the children of the True and Living God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob are here. This is my opening post and the vision just became a reality.