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The Black Boy Who Can – THE NEW THING By Cleo Dailey (Modern-day Lazurus)

“But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites.” Exodus 1:12

Cleo Dailey, III (Modern-day Lazurus)It is virtually impossible to avoid this conversation. No matter how kindly or passionately others try to evade it, I cannot. I look in the mirror and the conversation is like the scent of freshly chopped onion on my hands. I am a Black Man in America, and I am a threat to something.

The Bible has never been without answers, and in this conversation it is completely certain. Some would love to blame the Pharoahs of “Trump”, or “racism”; yet the problem is much deeper than that. We have not been without our fair share of problems in this great nation. Yet more increasingly, one scene is being played over and over in our eyes…black men are a target. To see men on either side of the law slaughtered is a grave injustice. However, to act as if America has not singled out the Black male population is to ignore the elephant in the room.

We are now seen in the same light as the children of Israel. Not slaves, not a culture, but a threat. The new “king”, the new principality of the air has seen the indomitable courage and resilience of the Black man and has said “they have become too numerous for us.” Now, I am certain of a few things. I am not afraid. I am not worried. I am not silent. I challenge not only the Black Male minister, but they who come weekly into the houses of prayer, to come out of their silence. Why are we not more vocal in this process that gravely affects us? I said it on Facebook that I can be Christian or I can be unconcerned, but I cannot be both. Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” I cannot as a Minister of the gospel herald God’s word in the building and be unbothered by what happens on its sidewalks.

Isaiah is quoted in entirety as saying “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”

I am not called to merely prophesy wealth and the people go outside and die. I am neither called to cause people to live in fear or dread. You see, like Israel, Black Man & Black Woman, the more we are oppressed, the more we rise. We are an impenetrable force to be reckoned with. Your melanin can be copied by Melania, but it cannot be obliterated by the injustice of they who are called to serve and protect you. Take courage, King and Queen. God’s hand is yet with you!

Why am I so passionate? I have nephews and godsons with this beautiful melanin. They have dreams. And those dreams SHALL be realities. Trust God and walk boldly, Israel! Help is nigh.

Cleo Dailey, III is a freelance writer and aspiring author who has written for several city and nation-wide publications. He is currently studying to obtain a degree in both English and Clinical Psychology, and the Minister of Music for New Life Christian Church in Peoria, IL.