And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The LORD Is My Banner, Exodus 17:15
A news conference in Charleston, South Carolina was convened last week by some leaders in the community concerning the murder of nine members at Emanuel AME.
NAACP National President Cornell William Brooks spoke about the shootings and having South Carolina take down the Confederate flag that is flying prominently near the state capitol.
Unfortunately, the Confederate flag does conjure up anger and perhaps feelings of fear for some black folks who remember the southern states that held on to a belief system that encouraged and endorsed slavery, bigotry, racism, hate, Jim Crow laws, white supremacy and the Klu Klux Klan.
As a black woman, I get it.
But, I also disagree that a piece of cloth has power over me.
What flag should we fear?
A flag has no power unless you give it power. It has no identity, unless given one.
But, if we really put credence into a flag, some of us could also claim the same fear about the American flag.
The history of America isn’t excluded for its slavery, bigotry, racism and hate for black folks or other minorities.
However, before jumping off the deep end, black folks should do some research on exactly the history of the Confederate flag and its various designs. Knowledge is power.
Yet, with all these ramblings about the Confederate flag, I would hope that our energy isn’t spent on making this a primary agenda surrounding the death of nine Christians who deserve more than emotional lip service from the living.
The heart of man is evil.
If we have anything to fear, it is man.
And if we do galvanize our whole being on having the Confederate flag removed from everything, will this stop evil or mass murders?
No. All we are doing is allowing the real issues of the day to go overlooked. And some of the biggest issues we are facing today are black on black crime in our neighborhoods, lack of respect for ourselves and others and the mounting numbers of death by law enforcement.
Right now, in 2015, the black community should put our intellectual abilities, time, money and collaborative efforts in investing in our children lives and not keeping them weighed down by the hysterics of fearing a flag.
One has to ask one self, if we as black folks are so intense and fearful of the Confederate flag, then who is really to blame for its’ continual power?
Does the Confederate flag actually have the ability to determine black people destiny or does it seem that some people like to play the “flag card” just to keep us bound to re-living in the past, while forfeiting the present, and neglecting the future?
All power is in God’s hands and Christians, especially, should know better.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Matthew 28:18
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