Speaking & Teaching

Aug. 25, 2019

This afternoon on Facebook I was confronted, appalled, disgusted, perplexed and utterly confused with this image. I don't know the church that would plaster this verse from the Old Testament's Book of Malachi on a bulletin board with a list of church congregants who failed to meet the standards of tithing. However, where ever this church is where I a member tithing or not. I would immediately rescind my members-only card. This is one of my major reasons with organized religion the drive to force individuals to make financial contributions to the church by use of threats of moral depravity. Our black communities throughout our experiences in this nation from iron shackles of bondage to invisible shackles of injustice have been faithful, courageous followers of the religions forced upon us by our oppressors. We as a people have conformed, customized and reinvented those religious beliefs to satisfy the needs that spiritual uplift demanded by the oppressive conditions that were prevalent in our homes, communities, and institutions. So when I see messages like this I get completely turned off to supporting this message as godly. If anything if you understand the Book of Malachi it talks of people who had turned away from God after being in the land of Judea after a century of the arrival by Moses.

If anything black people aren't in that position of turning away from God. As a matter of fact, black people have turned towards God for unanswered questions related to all of this world's problems seemingly heaped upon us as a people in this nation. Look around at our deprivations we face in this nation. We face economic deprivation, educational deprivations, institutional deprivations, health deprivations, our children are forced to consume lead water without any sense of this situation is resolved, and we still continue to fall behind all the racial groups in terms of group progress. If any peoples would have a reason not to tithe with a fervent belief it would be black people in this nation. Malachi, means messenger, God's messenger announcing the coming of the Prophet John The Baptist and Jesus Christ. God is calling mankind to repent of there evil ways, to move back to the way of godly acts. The sins of mankind were stripping away from the prosperity of mankind. Well, since the vast majority of blacks in this nation haven't experienced that prosperity how dare a church of God decide to make this shameful bulletin calling out its black congregants to fall in line, or else face the wrath of the coming of the new Messiah.

The vast number of blacks in this nation historically has been obedient and faithful to God's word. When everything around was crumbling the fact of the matter is that obedience and faith in God never wavered. It actually became stronger. So, please whoever would be motivated to place this ill-begotten bulletin board up shaming congregants to pay up or else. they need to take a long hard look at our black history in this nation. Because God didn't ask for simply monies in tithes. More than money God is asking his followers for faith in the most troubling of times. Black people in this nation have indeed paid that price in spades. I simply cannot fathom a church making such a demand. Yet, I remember as a young black boy seeing my brother being jacked up at church for his offering by the church's deacon. Times change but methods of deceitful actions by some churches remain the same. This photo is emblematic of why blacks step way from religion. Because the so-called leaders of specific churches simply don't have any idea about what the word of God is truly saying. That's my message for today. I hope I didn't offend anyone's religious sensitivities because that was not my intent. Martin Luther King talked about empowering the powerless, this bulletin board message is certainly not about empowering anything other than the church leader's ego.

Aug. 24, 2019

The Blackman Read Aloud Project continues its mission of sharing vital knowledge on this nation's black experience by reading aloud Project 1619. Today's reading is an essay written by Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative discussing this nation's failed justice system aligned to America's sin of slavery.

Slavery gave America​ a fear of black people and a taste for violent punishment. Both still define our criminal-justice system.
By Bryan Stevenson
AUG. 14, 2019

Aug. 23, 2019

"If slavery is America's original sin? Just how many additional sins to Americans of African Descent is America responsible after slavery supposedly ended? I mean the American sin list is long and still growing. If the true story of slavery, as well as the after-effects of renewed slavery, was really taught in our intermediate and secondary schools. The sins of slavery would be even more appalling to this nation and the world. If we taught our elementary school children the realities of our founding fathers rather than the fairytales of disbelief. The nation wouldn't balk at paying some form of reparations to level the balance scales which upended Americans of African Descent for over 4 centuries. Every American should be obligated to read and digest The 1619 Project to get a full sense of the criminality that is still evident in this nation as a result of America's original sin. There should be discussions across the racial, economic, educational, and social sectors of this nation to confront finally the devastating effect slavery has had on past, present, and future American of African Descent in this nation. Until those discussions are held and the issues discussed and solutions developed there will seemingly always be two America's with two entirely different agendas and directions. We cannot solve our societal race problems until we confront the ever-present, overarching issue that soils the fabric of this nation, slavery. Will, we ever be that nation of the people, by the people, and for the people? Or will the issue of race always displace that creed? Was that creed always meant to be an imaginary illusion that sounded good on paper but was never intended to be realized in our nation?"

Aug. 23, 2019

This is an exceptional undertaking and collection of poems and short stories that provide a walkthrough black history by these writers from the slave ships to Crispus Attucks, to Gabriel Prosser's rebellion, to the disrespected black soldier after World War 2, to the 4 little girls murdered in Birmingham, Alabama. This live reading is one that shouldn't be missed. Please make a contribution to my fundraising drive to keep this channel of information flowing.

We asked 16 writers to bring consequential moments in African​ American​ history to life. Here are their poems and stories from Project 1619 being read by The Blackman Who Reads Aloud.

Aug. 22, 2019

"Black America again seems to be off the rails when a genetically hormone-induced chicken sandwich is the talk of our community or if Shawn Carter is or is not a sellout for doing what Shawn Carter seems to do best, which is making bank. While all-around, those chicken sandwich questioning folks and Shawn Carter sellout folks, many of the schools in amongst those concern sandwich-Carter folks continue to collapsing and available black economic opportunities are few and far between. We will support Popeye's, hate on our brothers and sisters but neglect what is truly going to build protect our futures. Why not focus our misguided energies to ensuring a quality education for our children. We need to look beyond color and look towards aligning ourselves with policies and policymakers bent on the uplift of our communities. Start plans that will erase policies that stifle our community's progress. Stop supporting policymakers who aren't committed to our overall economic prosperity. If Shawn Carter gains revenue from his deal with the NFL that can then be reimagined into building black community growth. Where is the harm in that model? We've been used so long by the powers to be. Why not use those same powers of harm to help us do some and gain some immeasurable good? We have to begin to look long-term because we continue to get caught up in short-term bullxxit that it diverts our attention. The media and social diversionary tactics are tools of those who want us to get caught in staying in the status quo. How much of the chicken sandwiches purchased by the black community revenue actually gets back into the black community that has started this movement?"