The middle passage was not a cruise that we signed up for. It was not a passage to freedom or citizenship. To keep it factual it was just the opposite. It helped to shape our country into what it is today. With greatness comes a history. The thing about history is that regardless of how you try to paint the picture, it speaks for itself. It is self supportive. What was done is the root to what is being done. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Despite the sacrifice of those whose backs built the foundation of this country worn out ideology outright and cloaked hatred still rules the day. The middle passage never went anywhere. Slavery brought about a horrific time that for some reason beyond rational thinking is romanticized or thought of as just a time of how it was. Today we face obstacles that shouldn’t be obstacles. When seeking to be understood make sure you seeking to understand. John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” The scripture gives direct instruction as to how you should treat others.
Carter Woodson wrote “Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history”. We should all seek to learn what was intentionally stripped from us. History will give you answers to what you can achieve. The whip is meant to keep us in place and to keep us from seeking the information that can truly set us free. Knowledge of self and what part you play or happen to be playing will give us the insight to right the ship and set on its course. “To accept insult to compromise on principle to mislead your fellow man, or betray your people, is to lose your soul’. When we strive for the best for everyone we strive to be better as a nation. When we are willing to recognize the contributions of those who came before us as legitimate and an integral part of history in its truest form maybe the whips will go away.
We need to put our trust in our faith and what we believe in. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. We need to keep our eyes on what will give us the freedom we truly seek. When we seek economic empowerment and true sense of we are we stop allowing ourselves be beaten down. The answers to our problems are within us. Let’s get rid of the whips. Self worth is built upon believing in your self. Having a sense of knowing who you truly are helps you to understand just how much you are worth. Seek the true knowledge of who you are and your worth will increase tenfold.