Juneteenth: Not Enough Words
Slave, the word, has become benign in its misuse.
“I’m going to my slave.” Meaning a job, really?
Professional athletes said to be bartered and traded like slaves.
Oh, come now?
“Titanic,” in the 1990’s movie, depicted a woman, whose cabin was lower level, complaining that she was being treated like a slave. Help me Lord!
“Amistad,” the movie, also in theaters during the same period displayed what it actually means to be treated like a slave, and informs why various forms of rebellion have been and are being used to claim our full humanity.
Certainly, not one movie, but abundant research, books, TV shows, movies, and plays reveal the hateful, horrific truths of our capture and enslavement, and yet the myths of the banality of chattel slavery persist. Many who consider themselves “We, the people,” prefer the myth that the Founding Fathers declared all men created equal, when women and people of African descent were excluded. I’m a wordsmith and I can’t begin to elucidate the terror inflicted on human beings…my enslaved, devalued ancestors, in 200 words. This was supposed to be 200 words. But…I can’t. The sustained, systematic compilation of lies created to diminish a people’s humanity overwhelm my sensibilities …the treachery perpetrated against people of African ancestry is too much. The lies have embedded themselves deep into the psyches of all of us…embedded in the minds of all the races, nationalities and ethnicities. Unfortunately, for many of us, even our own sense of ourselves.
Words alone cannot unravel the intentional, mutilation of the mind, body and spirits of human beings and the pernicious infiltration of devastating lies, misconceptions, and destructive perceptions designed to proclaim that our Black lives don’t matter. We must pull the lies out by their roots. When truth is brought to light, the lie will die a natural death. A system rooted in obfuscating and denying truth…a system overrun with excuses and constructed beliefs in white superiority and privilege must open its eyes and confront reality. Celebrating Juneteenth offers America the opportunity to enter a brave new world and declare its Independence with credibility on the 4th of July. Let’s hold these truths to be self-evident!
Love and realness,