This has been on my heart to write about for two weeks now. I just can’t kick it. I may lose some “fans” over this one, but it’s my current Truth, and I’m choosing to stand in it, so here we go.
I had a conversation with a colleague concerning money and wealth, and the conversation sort of transitioned to the topic of the economic wealth gap between the black vs white communities. It was going well until she uttered the words, “Blacks don’t have access to wealth.” I said, “Excuse me?” She repeated herself. I could feel a knot form in my stomach and a deep well of disdain settle in my chest. My Spirit was rejecting the comment.
I told her that I disagreed with that statement and, of course, instead of seeking to understand why, she continued to attempt to support her stance as she stated that blacks owned less than 1% of the national wealth, and that the income of the average black household is a tenth of that of the average white household, etcetera, etcetera…
I assured and reassured her that I didn’t disagree with any of those statements. I agreed that there is a significant disparity in the amount of blacks that have access to the knowledge and tools to acquire wealth. There are significantly less wealthy black Americans than there are white Americans. We do live in a system that is structurally designed to make it difficult for this cycle to be broken–a system that inhibits the acquisition of education in the black community, parents and children alike, one that promotes the division of black families, one that promotes the cycle of debt and poverty rather than the building of freedom and wealth among blacks. NO ONE IS ARGUING THIS. At least I wasn’t.
However, I could not bring myself to utter the words, “Blacks do not have access to wealth.” I could feel the tension rising until I finally asked her, “Are there wealthy black people in America?” I asked this twice to no avail. She decided that she was going to get off the phone without answering my question.
The statement, “Blacks don’t have access to wealth,” is very different from the statements,
“Blacks have less access to wealth,”
“Blacks have less access to the knowledge and tools to acquire wealth,” or
“There’s a disparity in the amount of wealth in the black communities versus the white communities.”
In my world, by allowing myself to utter the statement, “Blacks don’t have access to wealth,” I will have completely disqualified myself from accessing wealth for myself, my family, my children, my grandchildren, and generations to come. I will not utter that statement, nor will I take ownership of it, because I have an entire bloodline to protect.
When does the narrative change? When do we stop focusing on what is, and begin to access the power within to create a new reality–our own reality?
When do we stop focusing on the plight itself and begin to work on accessing the Power that’s within us to change it for the better? Blacks have less access to education? If this bothers you so, then that means God has placed it in you to do something about it–self-educate and, in return, educate!
Blacks have less access to the tools and knowledge? Guess what, allow this new awareness to fuel your efforts to acquire the necessary tools and education to take back to the black communities!
We keep pointing the finger at those who are responsible for passing the laws that continue to recreate history. Where and what is it getting us? It’s insanity. At what point do we start to look at ourselves as a community for the answers? At what point do we start
- Looking to and placing pressure on the wealthy blacks to do their part in bringing back the necessary education and tools to the black communities?
- Educating and grooming our children in education, economics, and politics instead of sports, entertainment, and pop culture?
- Looking within ourselves as individuals to determine the role(s) we play in changing the narrative and reality first within our homes then within our sphere of influence.
Like the old saying goes, we need to, “Stop talking about it, and be about it.”
Talking about it and focusing on the problem just perpetuates and attracts more of the problem.
What bothers me the most, is that some of the most radical Christians don’t seem to understand this spiritual principle.
I believe in the Power of belief and intention. I believe that our conscious and subconscious thoughts determine the course of our lives–individually and collectively. I believe that our innermost beliefs become verbalized in what we consistently speak and what we speak become manifested (as individuals and as a collective body). So could it be that as a people, we are perpetuating a continuous cycle?
No matter how big or small the issue(s) in the grand scheme of things, they are not bigger than the God who created all things. It is not bigger than the Power that’s inside of us individually and collectively. For we have been made in the image of God, and made able to do works, and acquire things far beyond what we can imagine. The hard part is not ridding society of the issues we tend to face and are focusing on. The hard part is coming into the revelation knowledge and enlightenment that we are capable of living in a world free of “issues–” that we are co-creators with God on this journey we call Life.
There is no statement that I will make that does NOT fall in line with this Truth.
God said…and then there was…
The same is true for us. The problem is not without. It’s within (as a collective body).
My prayer is that we become conscious to this Truth.
Affirmation: I am co-creator with God on this journey of Life. I have access to the tools and knowledge that are necessary to acquire all that I need and desire, including wealth, in all aspects of my life. I will acquire this wealth, and in return I will do my part in educating others to acquire it as well–first and foremost my family, and then all others in my growing sphere of influence. Amen.
Matthew 19:24 (AMP) Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man [who places his faith in wealth and status] to enter the kingdom of God.
Genesis 1:26 (AMP) Then God said, “Let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) make man in Our image, according to Our likeness [not physical, but a spiritual personality and moral likeness]; and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, and over the entire earth, and over everything that creeps and crawls on the earth.”
John 14:12 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, anyone who believes in Me [as Savior] will also do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these [in extent and outreach], because I am going to the Father.
Mark 4:24-25 Then He said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear. By your own standard of measurement [that is, to the extent that you study spiritual truth and apply godly wisdom] it will be measured to you [and you will be given even greater ability to respond]—and more will be given to you besides. For whoever has [a teachable heart], to him more [understanding] will be given; and whoever does not have [a yearning for truth], even what he has will be taken away from him.”
Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.