‘Self preservation is the first law of nature’
~ Angela Davis, ‘Women, Race & Class’
It’s all about the survival of the fittest.
The World seems to rest on the foundation of how ‘I’ can benefit from a situation, all the while forgetting that:
“It is not good for man to be alone” – Genesis 2:18 NIV
So I’m currently reading ‘Women, Race & Class’ by Angela Davis (it is the most insightful thing I’ve read in a while, I highly recommend it. You can get it here) and I am learning and unlearning SO MUCH through every paragraph I swear 🤣
What has struck me is the fact that in the aim to eradicate slavery as an institution in America, the plight of the white woman suddenly was put to the fore and in many ways became more important than that which brought these women together in the first place – to defend and release the chains of black men and women who suffered under Slaveocracy.
I’m finding it so interesting that as much as I originally read it in a judgemental manner, thinking ‘how could they?’ I was immediately triggered by the Holy Spirit to recognise that this behaviour speaks volumes and it’s something all human beings – whatever creed or colour are fond of doing.
“You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things.” – Romans 2:1 NLT
These women represent all of us, and the many ways in which
a problem isn’t really a ‘problem’ until it affects us.
We are all guilty. At the time, a lot of the white female bourgeoise felt as though they could not effectively campaign for the rights of the black woman until they were free themselves. It was a time of intense male supremacy and so many white women felt that they needed to be free first before black women could be. They never fathomed the fact that their plight as well as that of the black woman and furthermore the white proletariat who were also excluded from their narrative, could all be interconnected. It’s a problem that still prevails today. There’s a lot of feminism I see that only pertains to the freedom and the acceptance of the white woman into society. Intersectionality is real and needs to be addressed moreso because
we are definitely not free until we are all free.
Now I say all this, but I’ve struggled with reconciling my beliefs in terms of women’s equality to what God has to say about it. Because best believe God isn’t far removed from what goes on in our world. The closer we get to Him, the more we realise He actually wants to have those deep discussions and guide us on how we can interact with what we’re faced with in the world. I mean Jesus didn’t live on Earth and solely remain on a mountain with an air of spiritual clouds surrounding him. He got down and dirty with the people teaching them on how to live day to day in preparation to return to our true home in heaven. I strongly believe that
God is a Feminist.
And not in the male-bashing, hateful way that I feel many assume the word is closely associated with. But rather in a way in which He does want to witness us live in harmony with everyone. He does want to see women be respected and glorified – if you think I’m lying, just deep Proverbs 31 and what God has to say about women. Furthermore, he also wants to witness this equality spread to EVERYONE – every man & woman, every colour and creed. He wants us all to experience his love and in doing so learn that His love is meant to be shared.
So I’ve kind of gone on a tangent ngl, cause I truly can’t remember what my point was (LMAO) but all I know is that as human beings we need to start supporting one another – and for real. Not because we think we’re going to get something out of it – yes God does promise in His Word that those who celebrate with others gain a bounty of blessings (Luke 6:38) but that shouldn’t be our sole motive. We should encourage simply because it’s what we have been called to do. We should love simply because we can.
When God sees a genuine heart, someone who’s sensitivity towards other people is so pure and real, He reveals himself to them. He lets them know I see you and I’m proud of you.
“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God” – Matthew 5:8 ESV
‘Stand Up for Something’ by Andra Day ft. Common : The Bible says on the greatest commandments is to ‘Love others as you love yourself’ (Mark 12:31) We all have a role to play in ensuring everyone is cared for and respected in our world. So let’s all do our parts, allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us in love.
Peace & Love,