There is an epidemic in the African-American community that extends into our homes, relationships and throughout our religious institutions. That illness is the apathy towards abuse against our women and children by grown men who assert their physical power to physically and psychologically assault them.
This illness, in high definition in the recent case of Pastor Creflo A. Dollar, ranges from Stage 1, which is blind tolerance, all the way to the aggressive Stage 4, which is conscious support. What becomes evident upon close examination is that many of us have taken three things from the Antebellum South and Civil Rights eras: The word “nigga,” Jesus, and the acceptance of physical abuse as a way of corrective punishment.
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