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With the Help of our Ancestors We Can Heal and Say “We CAN Breathe!

6/24/2020, noon | Updated on 6/24/2020, noon
What we are experiencing now, is rooted in our past and will affect our future. Because our present experience is ...
by the Rev. Morrice Coverson Pastor, Church of the Spirit and President/Founder, Institute for Positive Living

With the Help of our Ancestors We Can Heal and Say “We CAN Breathe!

BY REV. MORRICE COVERSONPastor, Church of the Spirit and President/Founder, Institute for Positive Living

EDITORIAL

With the Help of our Ancestors We Can Heal and Say “We CAN Breathe!”

by the Rev. Morrice Coverson

Pastor, Church of the Spirit and President/Founder, Institute for Positive Living

BlackLivesMatter. This is not just about the healing of the United States, but also the healing of the world.

What we are experiencing now, is rooted in our past and will affect our future. Because our present experience is rooted in the past, we must think about the role of our ancestors, not only in the past, but the role they are playing now as they try to help with the healing.

I can hear our ancestors, those people who have passed on many years ago. I can hear them saying, “I cannot breathe!” And I hear not only those in slavery. I hear those who fled to the north out of slavery. I can hear them saying, “I cannot breathe!” I can hear our ancestors who stayed in the south and lived during Jim Crow saying, “I cannot breathe!” And I can hear those who migrated north hoping for a better life saying, “I cannot breathe!”

And I can hear those who walked with Dr. Martin Luther King during the Civil Rights Movement (some still living, some in the Spirit World). I hear them repeating Dr. King’s words: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal’… I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” But I can also hear them say, “I cannot breathe!”

And today, I hear too many of my Black brothers and sisters saying, “I cannot breathe!” In truth, we in the Black community were not ever able to breathe.

That’s why #BlackLivesMatter is important. This does not negate the fact that all lives matter. It puts the spotlight on the fact that America is still infected with the Black Lives Don’t Matter virus that destroyed so many of our ancestors during slavery and Jim Crow. Yes! #BlackLivesMatter puts the spotlight on the fact that this Black Lives Don’t Matter virus is still infecting us today.

And it is not only here in America. #BlackLivesMatter is putting the spotlight on people of color in countries around the world. They are raising their voices and joining us in America, saying, “I cannot breathe!”

And we are all saying, “Let us breathe!”

COVID-19 is a pandemic of the body. The Black Lives Don’t Matter virus is a pandemic of the spirit. It is a virus that is destroying the spirits of the victims and the victimizers.