Did you all watch the inauguration festivities yesterday? I didn’t. Instead, I laid in bed ALL day Friday in recovery from my 1st documentary screening #FarewellObama the night before. Yep. We have a lot to catch up on.
I’d heard gospel artist Travis Greene was performing at the inauguration, but didn’t think much of it. Even when I saw a bit of what he performed on YouTube last night, I wasn’t mad. I’ll even go as far to say Greene was “intentional” in the beginning of his performance by saying “Let’s start this thing off celebrating the risen and the living, Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
*sigh of relief*
For a moment I thought he was going to say “Let’s celebrate our new president.”
I’ll even go a little further and say it wasn’t a bad idea for him to spread the gospel in song at the inauguration, because let’s face it; in today’s climate we ALL need to be reminded that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28. See how I’m trying to justify this?
But the buck stops here.
This morning while scrolling on Instagram I went to Greene’s page and saw this picture:
No. No. No. No. No.
Travis, why can’t we be Black AND human? Do you know how long and hard Black people fought to be Black? As a Black man, why would you want to eradicate that?
One of the most offensive things someone can say is “I don’t see color”. If you’re not color blind you should see color. See the kinks God put in my hair and the melanin he put in my skin. It’s beautiful and I want you to see it.
I see you used a Dr. King quote in your caption of this picture. Why? If you study Dr. King you’ll learn that he worked for justice in a peaceful manner, but never denounced the color of his skin. Yes, the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Nobel Peace Prize winner, was able to be successfully Black and human at the same time.
Our ancestors didn’t fight for our humanity, they fought for our BLACK humanity. From the small things (nude that’s actually OUR shade of nude, sunscreen that won’t turn our skin blue, and the list goes on) to the big things; (being counted as a whole person as oppose to 3/5 of one, abolishing Jim Crow, and the list goes on). Today, “The African Americans” are STILL fighting for our BLACK humanity.
My brother in Christ, your ministry has been a blessing to me. I leave you with this scripture:
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9-10
Every nation. All tribes.
The Bible wouldn’t have made a point to acknowledge every race if it wasn’t relevant. Yes, Black and White people will be together worshipping the Lord and it will be a beautiful sight to behold.
Unashamedly Black, Unapologetically Christian
P.S. I made a new t-shirt design for you. On the house.