You are neither a mistake nor a Statistic

By Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). In a generation when a black man his risen to the pinnacle of American politics to become the president of the United States, black people are no more respected than they were  in earlier generations.

The disrespect is not out of lack of intelligence or diligence or in beauty, but it is purely based on falsehoods that were wickedly associated with the black skin. From that perspective, the black skin became an object of derision, debasement, and denigration.

Because the battle to regain the reverence, originality, and diligence, symbolized as lacking in the the black body, is psychological, it will take brilliant thinking to counteract it. The Almighty God Himself celebrates blackness, so when Miriam and Aaron complained about the great Moses taking of an Ethiopian for a wife, He struck Miriam with leprosy to let her know that whatever God has created is good.

Of all his 700 concubines, King Solomon found none to celebrate her beauty, intelligence, and loving kindness than the beautiful Queen of the South in “Songs of Solomon.” And of the four original people that were instrumental in spreading the gospel of Christianity in Antioch, two were blacks. The basis of attacking blackness as anything but lazy and unintelligent, therefore, is borne out of a warped and asinine mentality.

We are in the 21st century and the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his Rainbow Coalition are still campaigning for the need for minorities to be accepted as hard-working, intelligent, and useful members of American society. When will the debasement end?

Mr. Elton Kamwa’s message on the prayer line on Friday, although he might not have realized it, was replete with the symbolism of neglect, disillusionment, and disrespect. He titled his message, “You are not a mistake,” seemingly to assure millions of marginalized people everywhere that their presence on this earth is not an error; therefore, they must have courage in God that they have the talent to achieve.

He asserted anaphorically: “The key to freedom is knowledge; the key to knowledge is truth; the key to truth is Jesus Christ. But the key to destruction is ignorance. Things are created for a purpose. Nothing was created by God that was a mistake. God doesn’t create failure. He doesn’t create mistakes.”

Taking a page from W.E.B. Du Bois’s powerful concept of Double Consciousness, Brother Elton lamented that many people in society today have lost their senses of identity and originality so they accept society’s and other people’s opinions about them, and that is a problem.

“Know that God created you to be different. You are a not a mistake. David wants you to live above society’s expectations of you, especially when many in the mainstream are profoundly ignorant of your talent and gift. David wants you to understand the power of creation,” noted Brother Elton.

Brother Elton then neatly tied in his message with Psalm 139, which glorifies God’s omnipresence and omnipotence. It speaks of darkness and light being the same in the sight of God. Who are we, therefore, to condemn blackness?

Brother Elton particularly singled out verse 14, “I will praise thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

David says he was fearfully and wonderfully made because the spirit of God was in him, and he incited fear in people; he was able to kill a bear and a lion with his bare hands. He was wonderfully made because he was able to kill Goliath single-handedly without the help of the Israeli soldiers.

“God fearfully made you so don’t hate anything about yourself, not the color of your skin, not the texture of your hair, nor the shape of your nose. And you were wonderfully made to amaze people. You are supposed to make people marvel at your intelligence, your brilliance. Don’t wish you were somebody else for that person has his or her own talent to exploit. In all things, be you,” stated Brother Elton.

He also had a word for parents: “Parents learn to appreciate the beauty and good looks of your children. God made your children, so don’t wish they were light-skinned or had long noses. Appreciate God’s glory in their lives. The Bible is a book of life, and God has awesome thoughts in it for us,” said Brother Elton.

He pointed out that if one looked at the life of Moses, one would think God made a mistake in appointing him to lead the Israelites out of bondage, but he ended up writing the first five books in the Bible. “If you look at the life of Paul before his conversion on the way to Damascus, you would think God shouldn’t have done it, but he ended up writing two-thirds of the books in the New Testament.”

He ended his message by noting that whatever life we are living now, God has predestined it for us and once he has predestined it, we have been called to be justified and glorified by Him.

In a terse but powerful commentary, Pastor Jean Paul Ntap noted, “God knows who you are; that is why you are who you are. In all things, give the glory to God, for he is good. God is love, so nothing He has created is a mistake or a statistic. Let the haters take notice, for God is One of vengeance who fights for his children.”




About Dr. Sam Doku
Dr. Samuel O. Doku is a professor and a writer. He earned his Ph.D. in English with concentration in African American Literature from Howard University. He is a W.E.B. Du Bois scholar whose book is titled Cosmopolitanism in the Fictive Imagination of W.E.B. Du Bois: Toward the Realization of a Revolutionary Art. His articles have been published on Google Scholar, in the International Journal of English Language, Literature and Humanities, and College English Association Magazine (CEAMAG).