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Taking A Knee!

Taking A Knee!
By the Rev. Patricia A. Walton
(Copyright #TXu 2-119-950, October 08, 2018) – Used with Permission)

Taken away from Africa and enslaved.

“Restore us, O Lord God of hosts! Let thy face shine, that we may be saved!”

Determined to no longer be a victim of their evil
and allow the ‘euro-colonists’ and their descendants
use my race to make themselves feel superior;
and to make themselves monetarily richer;
on the backs of free labor;
on the backs of those they
call lazy;
on the backs of those who toiled in the fields and served in their kitchens
to make their life easy.

“Restore us, O Lord God of hosts! Let thy face shine, that we may be saved!”

It is only to God that I will bow down on two knees!

But to the captors I will take only one knee;
not in submission but in condemnation and revelation before the world to see
and acknowledge their soul-less hypocritical self-reflection of superiority.

Whips, lynching trees, congressional laws, rapes, drug distribution, pulpit lies and
scriptural distortions, unjust imprisonment, unjust policing, shootings in the back,
shootings in the church, bombings in the church, “black codes,” Jim Crow, redlining,
assassinations, KKK, white supremacists, racist presidents, “friends” using the N-word
dishonoring my dignity, job discrimination, housing discrimination, cultural
discrimination and more.

You may be tired of me using the “race card.”
But that is the hand I’ve been dealt.
I’m tired of experiencing it but I won’t give up.
I won’t give in!

Two bended knees for God!

One defiant knee for injustice;
so the world can see
the inhumanity!

“Restore us, O Lord God of hosts! Let thy face shine, that we may be saved!”

Psalm 80: 14-19

14:”Turn again, O God of Hosts! Look down from heaven, and see; have regard for this vine, 15:the stock which thy right hand planted. 16:They have burned it with fire, they have cut it down; may they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance! 17:But let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, the son of man whom thou has made strong for thyself! 18:Then we will never turn back from thee; give us life and we will call on thy name!”

19:Restore us, O Lord God of hosts! Let thy face shine, that we may be saved!”

 

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An ordained UCC minister, The Rev. Patricia A. Walton served as Protestant Christian Chaplain of Wellesley College until her retirement in 2006.  Currently she is a member at Bloom in the Desert Ministries, UCC, in Palm Springs and serves as Chair, SCNCUCC Eastern Association Nominating Committee.  She is known, also, for her dramatization of Harriet Tubman.

“Taking A Knee!” has been used as a responsive reading at her home church and in a discussion group she led at the 2019 UCNC Annual Gathering.

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