Even as we undertake the task of defending our community from outside harm
The task of both immediately and sustainably addressing the continued abuses against Black bodies
We are at the same time calling on Black America to undertake the internal healing work of connecting faith and justice.
Within a legacy of deep connections between Black movements and the Black church we ask
What ground can faith stand on in the absence of justice?
And what vision of justice can be realized without a foundation forged in faith?
Black lives matter means that while we have the courageous audacity to demand all types of freedom
We know that the power we need is between us
That all forms of Black lives must be centered and nourished to the point of fullest potential
So as we wrestle with continued efforts to colonize our minds
And with a legacy of structures meant to restrict and abuse our bodies
We understand how the urgency for freedom means that we address the souls of Black folk
When Jesus rose from the grave
After a life under the structural inequity of Roman oppression
And after a long night of bodily torture
Extended across a crucifix that symbolized the corrupted power of a blinded empire
He showed himself to His disciples
I imagine the power it took to raise Him was powerful enough to heal His scars
But He rose with every hole, every wound, every scar that tried to keep Him down
As if to invite us to know that even our wounds have no power to keep us down in the face of injustice!
DON’T GET IT TWISTED
This here moment that we are molding into a movement
This here rage, and passion, and protest
These questions filling the eyes of our children
This body on the ground (4.5 times)
This asphyxiation with aims to stifle the breath out of a Diaspora
This propaganda plastered across your plasma screens
This real, visceral, tangible, toxic pain that haunts America like a phantom limb
This sad sad 21st century moment where we actually have to articulate the fact that Black Lives Matter
Is a necessary component in the formula of our victory
Like the key ingredient for any recipe,
Greatness is impossible without the potency of struggle
And so as we take this moment to acknowledge the hurt of Black pain in the face the heinous ideologies
that undergird the very fabric of our nation
We take it with the acknowledgment that the trials of our people
Have always been just for a moment before we RAISE UP in our movement towards justice!
-Jamila J. Lyiscott
- 15 Dec, 2014
- Posted by Jamila Lyiscott
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