RACISM OR A RATIONAL RESPONSE?
Any nation that vacates GOD’s commandments, by default, will become more ungodly and more evil. Ergo, while racism is real, Victory In Christ Ensemble [VICE] challenges African American students to take a candid look in the mirror at your core values! Stated differently, rather than playing the race card, should we take responsibility for our actions? For example, IF any student dresses, speaks, and behaves in respectful ways that conform to the administration’s expectations, then will that comportment increase or decrease the probability of his or her arrest? Explain. IF such a civilized comportment is “acting white”, then should African American students act so white that even white students may become jealous of their “whiteness”? Explain. Today, with more women than men in administration, is it plausible that public school officials will continue calling the police rather than using the rod of correction or risking bodily harm? Explain. IF any African American student, indeed, is a “menace to society” at school or elsewhere, then is calling the police racism or a rational response to unacceptable behavior? Explain. Yet, should administrators and legislators alike strive for a paradigm shift, akin to Urban Prep Academy, the Black Star Project, or Eagle Academy for Young Men, which promotes the best interest of our children rather than the best interest of the privatized prison industry? IF the school to prison pipeline is real, then to what extent do African Americans mandate that our children walk circumspectively in public? Hypothetically, IF one team in the Super Bowl has an excellent offense, then should the opposing team’s head coach complain to the officials [the score is 56 to 3] or ameliorate his team’s defense? Therefore, IF the school to prison pipeline is real, then what defense should African American parents, pastors, politicians, and Village Elders implement in order to send more of our progeny to Princeton rather than to prison? Explain.
IF the school to prison pipeline is real, then would parents insisting that African American students be among the most articulate and the best behaved students at school be a rational response? Yet, IF millions of parents lack the cognitive wherewithal or life skills necessary to bring this to fruition, then should our Talented Tenth perpetuate narcissism or educate and empower those most at risk? Beyond erudition and higher education, is there a direct correlation between religion and morality? Stated differently, is much of the ineptitude, violence, dysfunction, and immorality within our Village attributable to our having forsaken the “God of our weary years”? In a nation wherein “In God We Trust” has become a mere creed on the money upon which it is printed, is there a correlation between “politically correct” ideology and immorality? Explain. IF there is a spiritual motive, a sexual motive, or both for virtually everything that we do, then Victory In Christ Ensemble [VICE] invites its members of any race to holistic workshops wherein you can ameliorate the synergy necessary for physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual self-actualization. WE can’t fix it IF we can’t face it.
God of our weary years, God of our silent tears,
Thou who has brought us thus far on our way.
Thou who has by thy might led us into the light.
Keep us forever in the path we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee.
Lest our hearts drunk with the wine of the world we forget Thee…
[Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson]
And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in Heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are His judgments: for He hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear Him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. And I saw Heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in Heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND Lord OF LORDS. And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of Heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him that sat on the horse, and against His army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of Him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of His mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
[Revelation 19:1 – 21]