Faith of a mustard seed

Barbara A. Woods Washington, M. Div.

Barbara A. Woods Washington, M. Div.

How timely the “March on Washington” Message from it’s original visionarian, Asa Philip Randolph. “The sanctity of private property takes second place to the sanctity of the human personality. It falls to the Negro to reassert this proper priority of values, because our ancestors were transformed from human personalities into private property. It falls to us to demand new forms of social planning, to create full employment, and to put automation at the service of human needs, not at the service of profits—for we are the worst victims of unemployment. Negroes are in the forefront of today’s movement for social and racial justice, because we know we cannot expect the realization of our aspirations through the same old anti-democratic social institutions and philosophies that have all along frustrated our aspirations.”

While W. E. B. Du Bois identifies these “Two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings, two warring ideas in one dark body in this American world… which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world”; and the New Testament writer James recognizes that “the double-minded man is unstable in all his ways”; where M. L. King, Jr. has pointed to a whole other level of this tragic dualism: “Ever since the birth of our nation, White America has had a Schizophrenic personality on the question of race.

She has been torn between selves. A self in which she proudly professes the great principle of democracy and a self in which she madly practices the antithesis of democracy”; A. Philip Randolph, then, lays the ‘great moral debate’ of Capitalism vs. Communism at the feet of The Nation at The Lincoln Monument: “The sanctity of private property takes second place to the sanctity of the human personality. It falls to the Negro to reassert this proper priority of values, because our ancestors were transformed from human personalities into private property.”

“My Father’s Mansion” is the incorporated name of my Women’s Ministry which, on paper, opens with this Statement of Historical Overview: “The original African woman in America was stripped of her ‘Father’s House’ sense of security and forcefully made to submit her most intimate life to foreign sovereignty. An immediate result of which is first generation African American born women among whom are those whose ‘Slave Master Father’s House’ she would never be privileged. The unattended generational life patterns of this phenomenon has yielded a direct correlation to the 1) alarmingly high numbers of single women head of households; and 2) the multi-trillion dollar sex industry.”

The ‘sanctity of private property’ discussion reaches far back into the annals of Philosophy and Law. To be sure, the discussion continued into President Kennedy’s forging and President Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 as it relates to Equality and Racial Justice in privately owned business properties across America and their right to deny access.
“This Alarm” has a resoundingly loud and clear message to Africans born in America that is NOT A DREAM, but a WAKE UP CALL— this Capitalistic ‘sanctity of private property’ in this Nation that has ‘TRANSFORMED HUMAN LIFE into Private Property’— MUST BE ATTENDED TO… “because we know we cannot expect” (nor any longer accept for this matter) “the realization of our aspirations through the same old anti-democratic social institutions and philosophies that have all along frustrated our aspirations.”

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