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Who Will Protect the Black Woman

Updated: Mar 19, 2019

By Jerjuanna Cecille

I can remember being a 20 something year old college student given the opportunity to go and learn from some of the best security executive in the country. The most impactful part about this opportunity was that all the multi millionaires were people of color. The days were long and fun, insightful and overwhelming! To see men and women who look like me do things that I had always dream of. Yet, as we began the third day it was different. We split up by genders and as I looked at the panel of women seated before me telling how they achieved this and beat the odds. I couldn’t help but stand up and ask, “ With all the things you have done, money you have gain, life you have lived, how do you wrestle with the strikes that are against you, against me! I was born with strikes across my chest at birth that I am black and a woman.”

“The most disrespected woman in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.”

— Malcolm X, 1962

In this year alone we’ve had a little black girl killed because of love for the streets, a black woman assaulted by a man at a McDonald’s who deemed his rights to have a straw more important than her rights to safety and security. Black folks favorite quote of “ what’s goes on in my house stays my house” finally slap us in the face when the cancer of R Kelly was revealed to the world and how black little girls can fall prey to anyone even those close to the them. We even saw in 2018 black women attacked and killed , a mother reap from her child and arrested for sitting on the floor of a government building waiting to be served. This world, this country as never loved or cared for the black woman. Sometimes it feels as though we can be there for all but when we cry there is not a shoulder there. As 2018 was leaving out the back door and 2019 was coming through the front my heart and mind was burden with the thought of Who Will protect the Black Woman!

Ps 103: 6-14

6 The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.

7 He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: 8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever;

10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;

12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;

14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.

In Psalm 103 the psalmist beckons his soul to bless the Lord! Then he begins to remind himself of who the Lord is personally. The Lord who forgives, heals, redeems, crowns, satisfies and renews!

David continues in this psalm by then telling how the Lord works. The words in psalm 103 gives a calm to Christians today, Yet, as a Christian, Black, Woman in America today it makes me weep with joy! It not only tells me who will protect the black woman but how the God of the heavens and earth will show one of its most beautiful creatures how he will protect us.

Righteousness and justice are the blessings of protection from those who may cause harm for those who are oppressed but especially to those who are God”s own. God knew that on days where the prince of this world has had his way with me, that I wouldn’t believe that his righteousness and justice is for me. So David says look God made known his ways to Moses and his act to Israel. My sisters, God our Father does the same for us! The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. His acts which shows his enduring commitment to his people in that they express his ways, are all around us daily. The way that God doesn’t always rebuke us, nor keep his anger forever nor deal with us according to our sin, nor repay us according to our iniquities. How God loves so great that it is too high to comprehend. As far as the east is from the west does God remove our sins!

Christian Black Woman, David is telling us these words that the world will not care and it will throw us to and fro, but God! He is fighting a battle for you and protecting you on ever turn just keep pressing on!

After asking my question to the panel of women of color, one looks me straight in my eyes and says,”The way I wrestle with those strikes is that, I make them medals of honor that go everywhere with me! I promise you that when I walk in a room no one forgets that I am black and a woman!”

Christian Black Woman don’t forget and make sure that the world will forever remember!

Pray with me sis:

Lord you are awesome! We praise for making your ways known to us. Thank for forgiving us and keeping us. Lord when we look to the world for protection, when we silently cry in our hearts begging for help and someone to rescue us help to see that on ever turn that's what you are doing! That you hear the faintest cry and you answer by and by! In Jesus Name Amen

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