A few weeks back there was an incident that took place in Washington, D.C. involving some students from Covington Catholic High School and some Native Americans. A video of an encounter between one Covington Catholic High School student and a Native American elder set social media ablaze. Every major news outlet even got in on the action. That sole Covington Catholic High School student who stood there staring down that Native American elder, appeared on numerous network news programs to tell his side of the story.
That video sparked a nationwide debate regarding tolerance and cultural awareness. Unfortunately there were some people who took the opportunity to use this situation to spew their poison. Threats were made not only to that Covington Catholic High School student and his family, but to the school itself. Causing the school to be closed for 2 days.
In the span of a week, other videos pertaining to that same incident began to surface. More information was provided to the public as to what led up to the supposed confrontation between the student and the elder. And apparently the entire issue was instigated by 3 individuals who called themselves Black Hebrew Israelites.
For whatever reason, these 3 individual Black Hebrew Israelites were speaking to some of the Native Americans in a condescending manner, then began to speak to a few of the Covington Catholic High School students in a demoralizing and disdainful way. The Native American elder, along with other Native Americans, saw what was taking place and put forth an effort to prevent the situation from escalating.
My question is, how come no one from any of the major news outlets got in touch with these 3 individual Black Hebrew Israelites so they could tell their side of the story and explain their behavior?
Then once the media began to report on how the Black Hebrew Israelites are a “hate group”, why is it that not a single Hebrew Brethren or Sistren came forward to denounce the hateful speech that these 3 individuals calling themselves Black Hebrew Israelites were propagating?
Since no one else has…….I will.
I myself, am a member of the Hebrew Community. Our classifications vary. There are Moorish Hebrews (which I am), Cushite Hebrews, Gnostic Hebrews, Judaic Hebrews (i.e. Black Jews), Islamic Hebrews, and of course Hebrew Israelites. But no matter the group, collectively we are all Hebrews. And as such, we are supposed to adhere to Miqra Ha-Qodesh (Hebrew: Holy Scripture/Bible), of which we consider to be one of many inspired by the Word of Yahweh.
Ever since the emergence of the 1st recorded Hebrew congregation in 1896, led by Prophet William Crowdy, other Hebrew congregations and organizations have sprung up. The ideology of each congregation varied. The teachings were based upon the social, cultural, and religious perspectives of the leaders.
Yes, there were some Hebrew congregations and organizations that were extreme and racist in their views. For the most part, those congregations no longer exist. It’s unfortunate that there are those that use the Hebrew culture to mask their own insecurities and fears, resulting in the formation of small “racist clubs” whose members are angry and feel powerless and want to be a part of something that will offer them the chance to express their discontent.
It has been recorded that Emperor Haile Salassie once said: “Memories of past injustices should not divert us from the more pressing business at hand. We must live in peace with our former colonizer, shunning recrimination and bitterness and forswearing the luxury of vengeance and retaliation, lest the acid of hatred erode our souls and poison our hearts.”
The Hebrew Community has been ereccted on 4 Principles:
1. Belief in Yahweh –> understanding that our inherent Divinity is the same Power and Intelligence responsible for creating and sustaining tthe Universe.
2. Belief in Miqra Ha-Qodesh –> understanding that the scripture we study called Tanakh (i.e. Bible), is one of many inspired texts that has been revealed to humanity by Yahweh.
3. Belief in the Ancestors –> understanding that we are all one and that the greatness with which those who came before us accomplished their endeavors, is the same greatness that exists within us even now.
4. Belief in the manifestation of Yahweh within creation –> understanding that the Laws which govern the Universe is the work of Yahweh; and that the Intelligence by which those same Laws are formulated and directed, can be penetrated and put on display by humanity.
Nowhere in these Principles does it condone us to be racist or to view ourselves as superior over others. That sort of “separatist rhetoric” is nonsense and does not fall in line with the reality of the union of Yahweh with all of creation.
In Deuteronomy 1:17 we are told: “Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great. Ye shall not be afraid of the face of man, for the judgment is Yahweh’s.”
The word “judgment” in this verse in Hebrew is “mishpat.” It means “justice, fairness, personal conduct, or opinion.” This was a command given to the Hebrew Judges (i.e. Adepts or Masters). Aren’t we all striving to be the Masters of our own personal Universe?
Then in Acts 10:34-35 it is recorded that Peter said: “Of a truth I perceive that Yahweh is no respecter of persons; but in every nation he that fear Him, and works righteousness, is accepted with Him.”
All hate speech needs to stop! If we don’t come together, humanity will not be able to evolve intellectually or morally. Our end will mirror the inevitable extinction of all past civilizations if something doesn’t change.
DONOVAN DAVID CLARK
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