Author Archives: Carl A. Cooke

You Were Too Busy

You never saw me. Oh you saw the color of my skin but you never saw me. 

How could you?

When I walked in the store you were too busy following me around.

When I sat down at my desk you were too busy wondering how did I get into this school. 

When I moved into my office you were too busy thinking I was just another affirmative action hire. 

When I moved into my home you were too busy wondering if the property value would go down.

But what you didn’t see is while you were too busy to see me I was too busy to see you either.

Not because of the color of your skin.

That was of no Importance to me,

Because I know you have the system rigged against me  

I was too busy studying and working twice as hard as you.

I was too busy finishing in the top 10% of my high school class.

I was too busy deciding what university was worthy of me accepting their full academic scholarship.

I was too busy graduating from that university summa cum laude.

I was too busy upon graduation shifting through my countless job offers

I was too busy purchasing my home because that full academic scholarship I got meant I didn’t have all that student debt you did.

So since you can’t see me let me tell you who I am.

I’m that person who will never fake who I am just to make you feel comfortable, 

who has no desire to prove my worth to you, 

who will never apologize for the hue of my skin.

So, you keep busy looking at my beautiful bronze skin 

or

get with the times and see me for who I am.

Either way I’m going to keep soaring.F5167870-9AAD-48EF-9F41-E53E1F938343

 

Like the giant oak tree…

Our lives have always mattered

Our voices can never be silenced

Our beauty is undeniable

Our intellect is unsurpassed

From our land mankind was born

From Kings and Queens we descended

Our freedom you did take

But

Our minds always have been free

Our hearts always have been free

Our souls always have been free

And because you could not capture them

We have soared

Our contributions undeniable, too numerous to dismiss

Our history is not just our history

Our history is American history

Like the giant oak tree we are rooted in the very fabric of this country

Without us it would not exist

As James Brown exclaimed

Say it loud

We are BLACK and we are PROUD!

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The game plan is transparent, tired and old.

Hey Trump your game plan is transparent,
tired and old.

You say Law and Order
You mean People of Color
are out of control but I’ll
put them back in their place.

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You say Protect our History & culture
You mean people of color want to
stop glorifying men  who fought
to maintain slavery.
Not on my watch.

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You say you didn’t hear them yell white power.
You mean of course I heard them say
white power. I was just confirming
to my base where I stand on the issue.

But you better look again.
Your base Is shrinking.
The Coalition of the Righteous is growing.

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We’re tired of you trying to divide us
based on ethnicity and skin color.

We’re not going to stop saying
BLACK LIVES MATTER

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We’re not going to stop demanding
meaningful police reform that roots out bad cops and ends police brutality.

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We’re not going anywhere but
come November you are.
Out of the White House because
we’re not going to give you
four more years to spread
your division and hate.

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You know what being a true Christian is?

You know what being a true Christian is? It is never having to announce to the world you are Christian. With many who called themselves Christians they feel the need to announce to everyone that they are a Christians.

But are they really?

Maybe they thought they think they are, but their actions and deeds speak louder than their words.  It shows all who are willing to see who they truly are, and it is not a Christian.

A true Christian shows through their actions and deeds that they walk in the steps of the Lord Jesus Christ, that they love their fellow man, that they do not hoard material things at the expense of their fellow man when they are going through tough time.

With a true Christians no one ever has to ask if they walk the path that Jesus has laid out because it is evident. With those who only speak the words people have to ask because they cannot see it.  No one sees faith when a little rain fell in their lives.  No one sees them willingly help their fellow man in need but instead see them turn away.

So how do we deal with those who only speak of knowing the Lord but fail to actually walk the path the Lord would want them to. I would say we do nothing as we cannot impose true faith on someone, true faith cannot be found in everyone and it not for us to judge them as it is written in  Romans 14:1–13:

14 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. 2 One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. 4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master1 that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. 5 One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since she gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. 10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess2 to God.” 12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.  Do Not Cause Another to Stumble 13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.

So let us go forward as true Christians walking the path as shining examples to others of what the Lord would want us all to be. For it is through our actions, not words that we show others the true way to spirituality and in our actions others may follow

 

White Power? It’s 2020 right and the President is promoting white power

My political views are no secret but this is not political this is deeply personal

The President of the United States of America just proudly posted a video of Trump supporters screaming White Power.

Let me say that again the President of the United States of America just proudly posted a video of Trump supporters screaming White Power.

My United States of America!

The country my ancestors, despite being marginalized, terrorized and killed simply because of the color of their skin, have defended in war and without their contributions this country would not be nearly what it is today.

This should convince every person and I mean every single person of color to register and vote for Biden as well as any member of the GOP party who enable him and it’s now it’s at the point if you’re not a person of color and you tell me you support him or you remain silent on the issue I have to assume you too are racist.

Too many people of color have suffered
Too many people of color have been unjustly treated
Too many people of color have been terrorized and KILLED by people screaming those same words!

SILENCE IS NOT AN OPTION!

So Pence was half right

At today’s press conference on the Coronavirus Vice President Pence painted an unrealistic rosy picture and seemingly eschewing science, which he has been prone to do, never recommended that we wear masks. He did however say several times that we should pray.  Now let’s be clear we should wear masks, we should practice social distancing, we should avoid large gatherings and we should do all those things because it has proven to be the best way to slow the spread of the virus and make no mistake the Lord does expect that we will take care of ourselves. That we will treat ourselves with love and consideration. Because as it is written in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20:

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

So Pence was half right.

We must do what is medically prudent to protect ourselves. However it would be wrong to openly dismiss or mock his calling for us to pray as a nation.  Prayer is after all a very powerful tool and if we have faith in HIM the Lord is our most powerful ally. 1 John 5:14-15 states:

14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

We know that it is precisely in times like this that Satan will try to shake the faith of even the strongest. He will ask them to look to the heavens and ask the Lord why have you foresaken us.  But it also precisely at these times that we must lean on our faith, open our hearts and remember that we are children of the Lord and even if we do not understand why some things are taking place know this, HE still walks with us, still breathes life into us each day and HE does so because HE loves us and will never turn away from us. The Bible tells us this in many verses including Deuteronomy 31:8:

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

And Isaiah 41:10:

10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

There are times when I have doubt, when my body is weaken from illness and fear creeps into my mind. It is at those times that I call on my faith to strengthen me and guide me back to my spiritual journey. I empty my mind, close my eyes and talk to the Lord. I tell HIM that I believe in HIM, his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and it is with this faith that I cast aside my fears and replace them with the belief that it is at HIS hand that I shall be healed. But I am also acutely aware that prayer for prayer sake is not enough.  It is important that I remember that my prayers can only only work to revive my mind, body and soul with the Lord and I can only be with the Lord if I truly have faith in HIM.

So in these troubling times take the necessary steps to protect yourself and those around you.  But also believe and lean on your faith. Take the Vice President’s advice and pray because the Lord is listening.

A Few Bad Men

Donald Trump we live in a world that has walls of racial inequities and injustices and those walls have to be torn down by groups like ours. Whose gonna do it you? You Mitch McConnell? We have a greater responsibility that you can possibly fathom. You fight to “Make America Great Again” and you curse Black Lives Matter. You have the luxury. You have the luxury of not experiencing what we do everyday, that Racism while seemingly invisible to you is an inherent part of American culture and our existence while grotesque, and incomprehensible, to you, is about making America live up to its promise that all people are created equal, about FINALLY MAKING AMERICA GREAT. We have neither the time, nor the inclination to explain ourselves, to a man who rises and sleeps under the freedoms of white privilege, and than questions why we demand equality! We’d rather you just said ‘thank you’, and went on your way. Otherwise We suggest you wake up and join us in the ever expanding Coalition of the Righteous and stand for equality. Either way, we don’t give a damn, what you think you makes America great.

My Dad he still protects me

As Father’s Day draws to a close I look back on this picture. I am too young to have any memories of this moment but as I look upon it I feel the love that my father always had for me as he holds me in his arms. Protecting me from danger as he would do until the day he left this earth. Now years after his going home to be with the Lord I can still feel myself being protected by him as if I was still being carried in his arms. I still feel his love and while I miss him every day I have no doubt that whenever the need arises in my life he is there for me spiritually. Guiding me and protecting me.99E85C6E-700F-4984-897D-8F6BF2F5F2AD