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When asked to define “home,” most people will agree that their home is where they are most comfortable and feel most relaxed.  In fact, they often volunteer unsolicited information about items within their home that maximize their comfort level.

From leather recliners to chaise loungers, everyone has that one piece of furniture that puts them most at ease.   Even with differing taste in furnishings, varying size of the homes etc., the dwellings still promote the same feelings of security and pleasure to the owner ​regardless of social standing.

Interestingly enough, during these discussions, most people never mention putting anything in their home that makes them feel uncomfortable or unappreciated.  In fact, even with limited funding, most people go out of their way to make their homes their sanctuaries.

That same need for security within your home is also needed when you exit said home for work or play and, when properly in place, promotes overall health/wellness.  And most people would acknowledge this.  After all, we have laws and rules on the books to protect people from “hostile working environments.”  However, this basic and often taken for granted level of comfort is routinely denied to black people in the United States everyday, resulting in a very different and difficult life for blacks compared to their white counterparts.

If it isn’t harrowing enough, not knowing if law enforcement will see you as a criminal today as a direct result of your skin color,  hairdo, or outfit, you have to contend with walking passed innumerable statues and shrines that pay homage to the slave masters (both past & present) of your people.

Blacks in the US have no choice but to attend institutions that bear the names of the same individuals who not only enslaved their people but who fought then and whose followers fight now to have them remain slaves in some fashion and listen to the cries and murmurings of those who wish to celebrate that legacy of barbarism under the guise of maintaining the integrity of history and tradition.

What’s even more amazing, if possible, is that this particular level of insensitivity has flown under the radar in a country such as the US, which claims religious, cultural and moral superiority over other countries with differing religions, gods, languages, etc. Yet, somehow, from members of Congress to ordinary individuals on the streets, so many people believe it’s okay for blacks to live with the reminders of these and other atrocities every single day.  Not only that, but if blacks bring these points up in any sort of conversation, those on the other side claim that THEY are the ones being persecuted for being who they are and that it is black people who are oppressing them because of their whiteness.

With all of that being the case, I don’t find it a quantum leap to conclude that black people are being told through situations—such as the excused, if not celebrated, murders of blacks by law enforcement officials, as well as the continued overlooked acts of daily cruelty, as discussed above—that the United States is not their home.  If it were, the individuals who run this country and who are in positions of authority in this country would own up to the truth about its history of flagrant mistreatment of black people.  They would make reparations to them, as other nations guilty of genocide and enslavement in the modern era have to their victims.  They would make every effort to ensure the comfort of ALL the nation’s inhabitants and not just a few.  In other words, they would do everything in their power to make sure blacks Americans would “feel” at home in America.

Not tolerated…and certainly not like they should feel grateful for the consequences of the enslavement that cut them off from their native lands and history.

But at HOME…right HERE.

The cultural differences of blacks would be nurtured and celebrated the same as other cultures of people within the US.  Perhaps there would even be areas of town set aside for the advancement and encouragement of black pride and business, which would be especially important for a group of people who arrived to the US on slave ships as opposed to other groups of people, such as the Chinese and Indians, who arrived in the US of their own volition and with their memories and histories intact.  To be clear, I’m not disparaging them.  I’m trying to make a point.

So, let’s think about it.

What is the underlying message to black people, who continue to be disrespected, murdered in the streets by law enforcement and forced to endure daily cruelty at work, rest or play?

What CAN it be?

America is making it loud and clear that this land is not your home.  If it were, at the very least, the same attention to detail currently in place to make other cultures feel at home when they choose America as their new home would be extended to black people who didn’t choose America in the first place, but had it forced upon them.

To recap, when you are at home, you feel welcomed…not alienated.  You feel at peace, not that little concern is being shown for the continued damage to your spiritual, emotional, physical, psychological and financial capability.

Can anybody hear me?

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Max Lucado’s The Christmas Candle was lovingly discussed and praised by none other than Joel Osteen, Matt Crouch and Max Lucado himself on TBN earlier this month. With such high praise, I couldn’t wait to see it even though I am not a fan of Christmas films (That, however, is another blog for another time). Alas, The Christmas Candle resembles every old Hollywood film I can remember. Once again, there were no other people on the planet except Caucasians, with no acknowledgment of diversity.

It is disturbing enough to note that all of the so-called “Hollywood Film Classics” showcase other races of people in a subservient (at best) or negative (at worst) light. It is equally disturbing to see that overall progress even in 2016 is still far behind where it should be. However, to have the religious elite green light a film in 2016 that is more befitting of racist Hollywood than people professing the knowledge and love of God says a lot about the current state of religion in these United States.

On some level, I think I appreciate the honesty of Hollywood. It does not purport to love or to be concerned with racial equality. While certain stars here or there have spoken out in protest, the vast majority of roles for blacks remain the same as they always were, name sidekicks, glowering villains, the help or as nonentities. Nowadays, Hollywood seems more concerned about money than anything else. If other races can turn a buck, Hollywood is all over it. Screw realism and diversity, green is what matters most. This, I can understand.

Religion, on the other hand, which has always somehow managed to spew the love of God while maintaining racist points of view, hasn’t changed AT ALL. It continues on its racist merry way even in 2016. Even though the Bible describes Jesus and other peoples of the earth with color, we continue to be bombarded with images of Caucasians everywhere from the covers of Bibles to nativity scenes to television and the big screen, in spite of the fact that the Bible, scientists and historians all agree that, at the very least, other races of people existed and were on the scene. Why?

Here’s the bottom line: If your church is incapable of, not accepting diversity, but rather accepting reality, any more than racist Hollywood, then what’s the point? Why should people of color worship the God of White Supremacy? Can anybody hear me?