400 years. Let’s break those years into manageable blocks of time. Eight times fifty is equal to four hundred.
- 1619 – 1669
- 1669 – 1719
- 1719 – 1769
- 1769 – 1819
- 1819 – 1869
- 1869 – 1919
- 1919 – 1969
What will the year 2069 look like? Before we can look forward to the next fifty years we must note the scholars who fearlessly chronicled the lives of a people kidnapped off the continent of Africa to be shipped and taken captive in America: Ivan Van Sertima, John Henrik Clarke, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Joy De Gruy, Isabel Wilkerson, Ida B. Wells, and last but certainly not least Arturo Schomburg. There are many more that we can name. These authors provide a foundation of facts you can compare with in their literary works. Their scholarships raises the bar high against anyone on the topic of slavery in the New World. You will read in their works excellent assessments and details regarding the long-standing effects in the business of slavery.
Slaves were also taken to the Caribbean islands and in places like Suriname, Mauritania, Honduras, Belize, and Brazil. This is not a complete list of all the places the slaves were brought to. The many antagonists that participated in this horror were Portuguese, Dutch, English, French, and Spanish speaking peoples as well as those among Arab groups. Please note that there were various religious, ethnic, and racial groups found in this mix. I include passive participants as well. It was just not one race of people who participated and still participate in enslaving others like and unlike to themselves. The start and end dates of slavery varies around the world. Today, we call this practice human trafficking because it still exists.
My focus is to acknowledge H.R. 1242 – 115th Congress (2017 – 2018) 400 years of African American History Commission Act.
The Roman calendar year 2019, a turning point of history in the United States of America for the descendants of slaves.
Who can forget “Roots,” the movie which aired on the network television station ABC in 1977?
Kunta Kinte, a Mandika warrior the main character and ancestor who influenced future generations.
Regardless, of the fact that Kunta Kinte died a slave, his name lives on in infamy.
Your name and your native land cannot be taken from you forever. Certainly you can be displaced and returned back one day. Many tribes and various groups for thousands of years have migrated or have been forcefully displaced.
The identity of a people will always be tied to the land of their ancestors within their family names in their native tongue left intact.
What was so poignant about Roots was that it renacted the fact that millions like Kunta Kinte not only lost their names but their homelands as well. A people scattered to the four corners of the earth and now part of a diaspora.
Obviously both name and land mass can be lost. From a Scriptural perspective this is only on a temporary basis. It may take a number of multiple generations to receive back your inheritance. From the beginning of mankind’s existence, from a Scriptural reading all groups have a right to land ownership.
Breaking up history into fifty year segments is from a Scriptural precedent. For every fifty years mark, the descendants of the children of Abraham were to claim back their land of inheritance. This is called the year of Jubilee which always occurs on a specific day called The Day of Atonement.
Scripturally, the numerical value of fifty means a year of release, the year you were free to return back to your ancestral lands eventhough they had been previously sold. The number fifty is also associated with a person being chosen or selected for a special purpose.
Again Scripturally, a group of people who are covenant breakers will always find themselves in a position of enslavement. To break covenant is to sin. Sin enslaves. You are not free in a state of sin.
All men and women alive have broken covenant at one time or another in their lives. This covenant breaking in simple terms means to not keep your word about agreeing to set rules and regulations. Those rules and regulations are what we call law in society.
Let’s repeat this point again for emphasis purposes; in Scripture we find a law that for every fifty years the owners of land were to return back to the land of their ancestors even if their land was sold.
When people are not able to return to their land of origin it is because they are under a curse or what we call in society a sentence. Once the sentence is served, the curse is lifted.
I am not making a declaration of any nation coming out of captivity or going into captivity in a certain time or date. We have many people who have proclaimed their personal views of prophetic timetables without an explanation of why events occur when they do. The why is important. Punishments are exacted for lessons to be learned. The whole point of lessons or sentences is to change bad behaviors to better choices or better behaviors. These are concepts that need to be explained as we who are descendants of slaves are living in momentous times. You can gather clues as to why you find yourself in a bad predictament but you must understand the bad choices that you and your ancestors made that put you there. And what actions to take to move out of that bad predictament.
Negro spirituals were passed on from one generation to the next in hope that those who were still slaves would be freed. Learning these songs was the easiest way to strengthen the next generation to the promised deliverance that would come.
Here are excerpts of some of those spirituals:
Wade in the water. Wade in the water children. Wade in the water. Yahs (emphasis mine) gonna trouble the water.
Go down Moses way down in Egypt land. Tell old Pharoah to let my people go.
Swing low, sweet chariot comin’ for to carry me home.
The following passage in Scripture fits only to one particular group of people on the face of this Earth. Who do you know would self-identify with the following passage?
Bereshith (Genesis) 15:12-14 (Scriptures Translation)
12. And it came to be, when the sun was going down, and a deep sleep fell upon Abram, that see, a frightening great darkness fell upon him.
13. And He said to Abram, “know for certain that your seed are to be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and shall serve them, and they shall afflict them four hundred years.
14. But the nation whom they serve, I am going to judge, and afterward let them come out with great possessions.
These Scriptural citations have nothing to do with religion. Religion simply is a set of beliefs agreed upon by a group of men and women. Many religions take parts of Scripture to manipulate the minds of people at the expense of their well being and mental stability. Disagreements arise among leaders and congregants alike and thereafter many sects arise. Facts of Scripture are ignored, misinterpreted and therefore what is true becomes distorted.
Debarim (Deuteronomy) 29:68 states,
“And Yahuah shall bring you back to Mitsrayim in ships, by a way of which I said to you, “You are never to see it again.” And there you shall be sold to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one to buy.”
People in cultures with a, “Do as thou wilt,” philosophy or whatever feels right to you do not understand how covenants work. Covenants in Scripture are agreements that are in effect from one generation to the next. In our world we understand agreements can be made that may have an effect on children that one may be responsible for but we know those children are not included in those agreements. Not so with Scripture.
People who identify themselves as being under a covenant or agreement should not follow those who believe they can do what they want. Those who live under their own personal rules, do not understand covenant agreements from a Scriptural perspective. Neither do the descendants of children who break covenants.
Many people whether they are descendants of these covenant breakers or not simply do not understand why covenants are important. It does not help that leaders rise up who use religion for profit at the expense of the masses. These are called false prophets in Scripture. Many of these false prophets are not able to clarify to their followers the terms of what a covenant is.
It is interesting to me that an act was not signed from 1619 – 1865. Yes, there was a proclamation to end slavery in 1865 we all know that. What is so special about 1619 – 2019? Is it because the year 400 is a round number?
To break a curse, a period of time has to elapse. A set period must be served.
We find in the African American (Black community) a declaration of some individuals claiming that they are “woke.”
Like any new catch phrase or slang term, it loses meaning over time. Every day human beings wake up from sleep. There are no deep thought processes when we do.
For one to truly be woke, you have to put in a time of serious self-examination. Not only of yourself, but of your immediate environment, how you were raised, your culture, the society and country you find yourself living in. And yes have some way of finding out who your ancestors were. This takes time and includes alot of study.
In this country, many individuals have the ability to access books where a high level of research has been done on the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. We cannot rely on the internet alone. Reading a book or books about slavery is necessary for one to get a grasp of what really occurred during the days of slavery in the U.S.A. There are very few people alive who can tell you a first hand account of 1865. The best they can do is tell you what was passed down to them by someone who was alive in that period.
Review Scripture for yourself. Think on the adversities of those who came before you. We are the offspring of survivors. Meditate on the information you gather.
Let’s then contemplate on what the next four hundred years will look like.
- 2019 – 2069
- 2069 – 2169
- 2169 – 2219
- 2219 – 2269
- 2269 – 2319
- 2319 – 2369
- 2369 – 2419
Once a curse is reversed and a people keep covenant:
- Their name will be restored back to them.
- They will be returned back to their land.
Let’s see what the next fifty years will bring. What will be written in tomorrow’s history books?
Poem by Langston Hughes, “Puzzled”
So we stand here
On the edge of hell
And look out on the world
What we’re gonna do
In the face of what we remember
And they shall rebuild the old ruins, raise up the former wastes. And they shall restore the ruined cities, the wastes of many generations.