Who Told You?

In the Bible, we read that after Adam and Eve partook of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil that they went and hid themselves. God came through in the cool of the day to speak with Adam as was his custom and Adam was nowhere to be found. Adam says to God, “I hid myself from you because I was naked and ashamed.” God asks Adam a very interesting question. “Who told you that you were naked?”

While I’m not here to argue the historical or esoteric legitimacy of this passage of Scripture, I am here to rephrase the question posed to the biblical Adam. I want to ask my people, “Who told you to hate yourself?” Take a moment, if you will and ask yourself some questions and see what you come up with.

Who told you, Black woman, that your hair is bad?

Who told you, Black people, that God was a single, white man with no wife?

Who told you, Black woman, that your man was not worth the trouble?

Who told you, Black man, that your woman was nothin’ but trouble?

Who told you, Black parents, that beating/whipping your children was the best way to discipline them?

Who told you, Black people, that your story began with Slavery?

Who told you, Black people, that you come from dirty, uncivilized savages?

Who told you, Black woman, that you had to be “strong and independent”?

Who told you these things? Once you answer these and other similar questions, then ask why.

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