The state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint; exemption from external control, interference, or regulation; the power to determine action without restraint; political or national independence; personal liberty as opposed to bondage or slavery; exemption from the presence of anything specified; freedom from fear; the absence of or release from ties, obligations; ease or facility of movement or action; to enjoy the freedom of living in the country; frankness of manner or speech; general exemption or immunity; freedom from taxation; the absence of ceremony or reserve; a liberty taken; a particular immunity or privilege enjoyed, as by a city or corporation; freedom to levy taxes, civil liberty, as opposed to subjection to an arbitrary or despotic government; the right to enjoy all the privileges or special right of citizenship, membership, etc., in a community or the like; the right to frequent, enjoy, or use at will; philosophy, the power to exercise choice and make decisions without constraint from within or without; autonomy, and finally, self-determination are all dictionary.com definitions for the word, freedom.
However, The Thirteenth Amendment Section One states: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction, seems to supersede the dictionary’s definition and is currently only applicable to those who naturally lack melanin, but share the same color of blood inside and out.
I cannot help but firmly believe that those who seek annihilation based on race, culture, hair texture and/or style, stereotypes, ignorance, etc. possess a deep seated detestation of God coupled with the desire to continuously protect ancestors based on fear of retribution instead of repenting and starting anew.
Fear is not the answer
I also do not condone those who are not lacking of melanin, that choose to voluntarily function in a manner devoid of consciousness, which equates to fear, thus contributing to “slavelike” behavior which upholds the aforementioned acts…but what else is expected from such individuals. How long will it be proven that marches do not work?
How long will it take for us to see that hatred does not work? How long will it take to recognize that fear is not the answer, either?
Regardless of what side one is on, the common denominator is fear. Since God has not given His children a spirit of fear, but of wisdom, power, and a strong mind, that is what I will subscribe to and challenge each of you to follow suit. Some may say that this is a weak approach, but we are challenged by God to have mustard seed faith. A mustard seed, is one of the minutest seeds ever, however, it becomes magnified 100 times when challenged to possess it and to do so perpetually.
If you have ever stridden by faith and experienced the results, you know there is no other elation like it. Nonetheless if you have not ever had that experience, you share in being a part of the hindrance. Let us genuinely make this the land of the free and not prolong the time to remain as the land of the free to criminalize African-American boys and men, the land of the free to kill African American boys and men. The women in their lives fall victim, as well. Only those, regardless of race, who tread in fear seek to engross in that type of boorish behavior and are what is preventing us all from truly being America the land of the free.
Darlene Aiken is an adjunct lecturer, international bestselling author, publisher, transformational speaker, award-winning self-esteem & personal growth coach and founder of Inner Beauty Solutions, Inc.