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Black History Month-'For I acknowledge my transgressions and my sin is ever before me.'

Published as part of the February 13, 2013 edition.


The Rev. Arsben D. Jennings

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King David who ruled over Judah and Israel from 1010 BC-970 BC was considered one of the greatest spiritual leaders' and warriors' the nation of Israel had ever seen. His son Solomon brought the nation to its highest heights of materialistic prosperity and wealth, territorial conquest, and spiritual prosperity. We all know the biblical story how King David saw this beautiful luscious sexy woman named Bathsheba bathing buck-naked down below his living quarters and he took her into his bed chamber and impregnated her when Israel was in the midst of a war. King David took her husband Uriah the Hittite and put him on the front line of the battle and had him killed but he did the next honorable thing he married his wife. We all know that the baby died and God blessed King David to have other children by this beautiful woman Bathsheba.

It was during or shortly after this trial in David's life that he wrote Psalms 51 and he stated in verse 3, "?and my sin is ever before me." What was David really saying? David was saying though I believe that my God has forgiven me and pardoned my sin in my subconscious mind and in the closets of my heart and the depths of my spirit I want to never forget this sin that I have committed against my God.

Starting with the actor Morgan Freeman black people all over this country are giving their reasonings why there should not be a black history month. Black professors are saying it makes black people look inferior and like second class citizens of America. Some are saying we have seen a black man be sworn in twice as president of the United States, we have seen a young black girl win the all around competition for the first time in gymnastics, we have seen blacks dominate in practically every sport in the United States, we have seen blacks become college presidents and chancellors at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the United States, we have seen blacks sit on the Supreme Court, we have seen federal judges and prosecutors, we have seen the attorney general of the United States be a black man, we have seen blacks go up into space in the Apollo program, we have seen blacks become the secretary of labor, state, commerce, housing and urban development, transportation, education, and the leading physician in the country, we have seen blacks become senators' and congressmen and governors and lieutenant governors and mayors of large metropolitan cities across American, we have seen blacks become great scientist and teachers and professors and lawyers and doctors and surgeons, we have seen blacks dominate the entertainment world and even Hollywood, we have seen blacks become inventors, innovators and developers of new technologies, so why would we elminate black history month? We have never never seen America rid itself of the horrendous hideous bloody stains of slavery and the Civil War. I heard some black professor say that slavery and the Civil War was an American struggle that included both white and black. How could it include blacks when blacks were not considered Americans even the free black slave?

The hatred that was thicker than the Jericho walls that existed not only in the south but also in the north and the west in the hearts and minds of white people today has not been completely totally flushed out and replaced with love and compassion and forgiveness. Today in this country we still have pockets of strong racism and prejudice and discrimination on all levels. Today Morgan Freeman can go to his home state of Mississippi and in some parts still be called a "nigger" and a "boy". Yes I agree we as a people have seen great great strides and progress in race relationships but America's sin is ever before her. Just the other day I had a white man in this city call me on the phone and tell me that most white people in America view Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as an radical.

As long as we have white people in this country that think and feel like that we need to have black history month to remind white American that its sin is ever before them. As long as our jails and prisons are filled up with the majority of young black men, hundreds of black children are being killed everyday in the streets of our large cities, black people are the increasing numbers of people in poverty and the shrinking numbers in the middle class, unemployment is twice the rate among blacks than it is among whites, high school dropouts among black children are increasing in our high schools, teenage suicide is increasing among black children, AIDS and HIV is increasing among blacks especially among black women, black children are wallowing in hopelessness, self pity, low self esteem, no self worth, no pride, no aspirations or ambitions or goals, America your sin will always be before you. Senator Ted Kennedy said on the floor of the senate years ago that he could not take a knife and cut out racism and hatred out of the heart of the white people but he could pass legislation to control their behavior and call their thinking and actions into question.

Black parents tell your children emphatically over and over and over again that you are not leaving this household without getting a college education. Yes we as a people in America have gotten way better in our acceptance and respect and care and concern for one another but we still have a long way to go and black history month is a reminder to white American that your sin is ever before you. Yes black America has forgiven white America but has white America completely repented of their sins and ask God to forgive them for the way they treated black America. White children and adults today use the excuse that I didn't live during slavery or mistreat anyone well why do you have the attitude and disposition you have today towards African Americans or Mexican Americans or Asian Americans or Native Americans because the sins of your fore-fathers have been passed down to the third and fourth generations down through their blood line to you. One day there will be no more black America or white America or Asian America or Mexican or Latino America or Native America we will all be Americans no inferiority complexes no superiority complexes no stereotyping no discrimination no bigotry no prejudice no racism we will all be one without no reference to color race or creed. Until then we desperately need black history month to remind us like King David said, "?and my sin is ever before me."

God Bless!

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