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  • War Cry!

    13 posts, 11 voices, 561 views, started Feb 8, 2009

    Posted on Sunday, February 8, 2009 by Psalmist

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          Psalmist wrote Feb 8, 2009
        • The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
          " Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken." -- Isaiah 40:3-5  

          In honor of MrsLoriD's post, this is a WAR CRY!

          MrsLoriD has, on more than one occasion, voiced her distaste for purveyors of hatred and prejudice.  She along with others have posted how much they dislike the views of those who do nothing but stir up strife and contention in society.  Although many of my other sisters here on this site have contributed and posted along the same lines, MrsLoriD was the first, to my knowledge, to come right out and asked the "hard questions."  My hat is off to her.

          I have always been an activist, and my posture and appearance support it.  I am a tall, very heavyset, imposing black woman with thick shoulder-length locs.  I have very dark skin and more often than not, I dress casually.  My appearance has often been met by stares and less-than-warm welcomes into quite a few establishments.  I have been openly ignored at restaurants, and been treated with blatant disrespect in department stores, all because of how I look.  Some people feel justified to treat me that way, even before I open my mouth, because they have "pre-judged" me based on what their eyes have seen.  But they often change their minds once I open my mouth.

          Do you remember the uproar that was caused when a certain politician described President Obama as "an educated black man?"  Why was being an educated black man such a surprise?  There are so many educated blacks, yet for some reason, we very rarely get acknowledged, until we open our mouths.  You see, I am one of those educated black women.  I was brought up in a well-to-do household, waited on hand and foot by maids and housekeepers, received my education at the best schools and pride myself on my speech and carriage.  I am classically trained in music and have performed at some of the most renowned opera houses on the Northeast Coast.  And yet when I decide to go shopping in sweats and flats, I'm treated like refuse, until I open my mouth.  Why should I have to speak to a salesperson to let them know I need help, when "others" are flocked to and are offered help immediately?  This isn't the point of my post, it's just a question.

          My point is, the war cry has been sounded.  As our sister Vikki put it, "one person at a time."  We are all God's workmanship, and He prides Himself in His handiwork.  He breathed the breath of life into each and every one of us, and made each of us in His image.  How can the arm say it has no need of the hand simply because it looks different?  We are all a part of one body, one family.  We can't separate because we don't like the looks of one group, or the views of another.  We were made different because we have different functions in this world.  I may be intelligent, but I'm no rocket scientist.  Where would we be if I had been the one to build all the space crafts that we tried to send out into space?  Probably back in the Stone Ages!

          We have been fighting each other for far too long.  Not to say that quite a few of us don't have a reason to feel "set upon," but as a very wise person once said to me, "we may have every reason, but we never have the right to hurt someone."  I could have used this post to blast all of the people who have hurt me and my people (and don't assume you know who my "people" are), but I use it instead to commend a sister who was brave enough to step out of her comfort zone and challenge our own personal borders.  We have all been hurt by someone, and the devil would love nothing more than to use that seed of hurt to germinate and grow into a full-fruited vine of hatred and prejudice that has choked out all love and tolerance from our hearts and souls.  But the war cry has been sounded to prepare the way of the Lord, because He is coming back for a church that is without spot or wrinkle.  And the way we are now, y'all, we've got a LOT of ironing to do!!!



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          UK Girl wrote Feb 8, 2009
        • Honey I had no idea people still had this kind of prejudice in this day and age - in the UK we have the whole class thing and I get that due to my Northern accent - people think I’m thick I often find revenge is a dish best served cold - it’s name is humble pie ......

          This has really shocked me you would suffer this in 2009



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          Leadinladytracy wrote Feb 8, 2009
        • Girl were you in my church this morning! Pastor talked about the war cry in his sermon today. Amen to your post!



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          Wittymom wrote Feb 8, 2009
        • Amen and Bravo!!!! I could go on and on with this thread, but you have put it so eloquently.  How many times, I have been TOLD that I am the exception because I don’t sound or act as expected....only to argue that the way I was raised, I am as expected. I open my home and my heart to all equally and can not wait until the rest of the world hears the war cry, and does the same.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Feb 8, 2009
        • WOW! I’m speechless......



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          Vikki Hall wrote Feb 8, 2009
        • Ok now that I have collected my thoughts....

          Psalmist Thank you for taking a stand!  What a very rich post you wrote. And how true it is. There were fine points made today on Lori’s post earlier and yes she deserves a hats off for going forwards.
          Palmist you also deserve a hats off for not being offended, asking and educating.
          It is when we can open the door and have these conversations that real progress can happen.

          The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but
          progress.  

           —Joseph Joubert (1754–1824) French Philosopher



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          Cmrobert wrote Feb 8, 2009
        • WHEW!  Amen...Amen...Amen  I have no other words right now but thank you, thank you, thank you!

          Cheryl



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          Coachmombabe wrote Feb 8, 2009
        • Thank you, Psalmist! And Lori, and Vikki, and everyone else who is colorblind! estatic We are sisters.



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          Marionjayne wrote Feb 8, 2009
        • Martin Luther King said, "Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children."  

          We‘re all God’s children, why can’t we be one big happy
          family?  

          John 3:10 - How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.



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          Leadinladytracy wrote Feb 8, 2009
        • Psalmist -

          My favorite is “oh you are so articulate“! I have always wanted to ask, well how am I supposed to speak?  

          Thanks again for the post. It was right on point.



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          Cynthia Green wrote Feb 8, 2009
        • WOW WOW WOW!

          Psalmist you nailed it!!!!



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