ARC is meeting this Saturday at 11:00 AM. We invite you for an experience rooted in African Traditional Spirituality. Come and play your drum, sing your song, recite your poetry, and be with us as we renew dedication to The All, our community, our Ancestors, and our culture. There will be time to discuss the events of the day around the world and at home. We are anti-imperialist, anti-colonialist, anti-patriarchal, anti-white Christianity and other white religions and religious expressions. We are pro-African, pro-Black, and open to all genders, all spiritualities, and the various names for the Creator/Creatrix. We hope to see you there!
We know the case of teenager Trayvon Martin, who was shot to death by a crime watch leader and cop wannabe last year (2012). It took only a few hours for the jury of white mothers (one Latina, and not of his peers) to vote murderer George Zimmerman not guilty. He is called “murderer” here because he owned the gun, he shot the gun, and he pointed and killed the 17-year-old boy with that gun. It is an impossibility for the teenager to be guilty of killing himself, since all he had was a bag of Skittles and iced tea. Someone must be held accountable, responsible, and guilty, since someone died. We pray for Trayvon’s family, his friends, and the rest of the African community who valued the life of this precious boy.
African Redemption Church (ARC) took action, and reached out to our freedom-fighter friends with an invitation to gather at the Clothes Pin and Love Park in Philadelphia to express thoughts and feelings about the murder of Trayvon Martin and the case’s significance to the life of every child and to history. But we would prefer he be alive and safe. ARC called the rally on a Sunday, the usual day of worship for “Christians,” and our friends in the struggle came out en masse and in the heat of the afternoon sun. People took the microphone and expressed the truth of being Black in an institutionally biased and white racist system that is America.
It does not take a highly-exalted prophet to foretell the murder of another child by the system. The State has designed the system to allow and/or guide the power players to use African people for different reasons.
Trayvon went on a walk and never returned home. We challenge ourselves, and you, to walk in the knowledge of what can happen; to walk with the wisdom and power of our Great Ancestors; and to carry ourselves as the beautiful, spiritual, and dynamic people we are. Most of all, we must be on guard and expert in defending ourselves.