Reflection is defined as a source of shame and blame. A consequence or result of something. This brings me to the thought of slavery with all of its shame. Not to mention who can bear the blame.

Slavery is not what has been told or what many think it is. It’s not one race of people superior over a so-called inferior people. It’s not the oppression of whites against blacks. It’s not the black man and woman being beaten and forced to work fields in the heat of the sweltering summer sun. It’s not the sleepless, hungry and cold nights of a filthy infested, dilapidated shanty.

It’s not the separation of black families sold on the auction block for some so-called slave master’s chattel. Understand I’m not making light of the ruthless dehumanization and degradable behavior of the past with these statements that are truly historical, my intentions are not to racialize the present.

As the old television detective Sgt. Joe Friday would say, “Just the facts ma’am, just the facts.”

In painting this picture, my desire is that the readers will know what slavery really is. Now, here it is. Slavery is a spirit! This spirit was sent to matriculate the minds of both blacks and whites.

For blacks to find satisfaction in a struggling lifestyle of less. For the whites to be comfortable with a lifestyle of plenty. This spirit ascended from the pits of hell, impregnated the very souls of both blacks and whites. The intent is to regulate animosity and cause antagonism between the two.

This spirit gave birth to a fabricated generation that says, “whatever it takes I will get my piece of the pie.” This spirit is alive in the minds of many adults and young people today.

Listen to the language of this spirit. “They won’t let me do that. They can’t be in charge. We can’t afford that. Whatever it takes keep them down.”

This spirit is a cruel task master. It teaches hatred, divorce, oppression, crime, and violence.

This spirit says, “Whatever it takes for me to do. I’m going to get what I want no matter what I have to do!” This spirit has taught many to follow the pathway of crime, such as, robbery, burglary, arson, vandalize, sell and ingest drugs. Thuggery, gangs, thievery, and rape.

This spirit tells its pupils you are ugly, lazy, stupid, and you will never be anybody worthwhile, just give up! Have children while shacking up. Let the government provide for them. Plead insanity and wait for the check to start rollin’.

Slavery is a spirit that will captivate the minds of the educated, uneducated, male, female, adults, teens, children, unemployed, employed, and every ethnic group on the face of the Earth. The poor, the rich this spirit has an invitation for you also.

The voice of this spirit speaks loud and bold. It says disrespect yourself, your parents, tattoo your body. Sag your pants, forget the laws of the land, you are in charge. Quit school. Become a professional drop-out. Leave your neighborhood, disown your culture, and leave your church. You don’t need no preacher. Kill your black brothers. Hate your white brothers.

This spirit says I have the answer for all your problems. Don’t believe this spirit. It puts people in bondage. Remember it is the spirit of slavery.

Freedom from this spirit is found in Jesus only. Jesus said, “whom the son set free is free indeed.” And the truth will make you free. Jesus is The Way, The Truth, and The Life.

The Lord of all the Earth is bringing His people together to be united as one. There is only one race. The human race. Many cultures but only one race. Black, white, red, brown, and yellow. We are one. Together we can stop and put this spirit of slavery under our feet. It’s just that easy.

Come together my people, come together become one as I the Lord has created you to be.

Ask Jesus to save and fill you with the Holy Spirit. For it is written in Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Be not drunk with wine but be filled with the Holy Spirit. If any man or woman be in Christ, they are a new creation. With Jesus you are qualified to be a bonafide soul brother and soul sister.

The Rev. Kerry Price Sr. is the pastor at Breath of Life Church at Pine Bluff.

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