November 7, 2017
Written by Gregory Meriweather @RadioBlackOn
Jeff Sessions has come to town to meet with The Ten Point Coalition, and the first thing that comes to my mind is Bible verses. How fitting, being that the leadership of The Ten Point Coalition are members of the clergy.
The first verse that I thought of was Psalms 37:25 which reads, “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” As I was thinking about this scripture, I asked myself, “Have the righteous been forsaken?” Then I realized that maybe these men (The Ten Point Coalition), are not the righteous that God was referring to in His text. From Mike Pence, to now Jeff Sessions, all I have heard about is the funding that may come to Ten Point by way of meeting with these individuals. Some may not want to call it begging, but if you do not call it begging, what other word would be fitting? Maybe prostitution would be a better word to describe the antics of the Ten Point Coalition. The scary part about this is that we have yet to know what the exchange will be. Unfortunately, I believe the exchange will be them serving our (African-Americans) heads on a platter, sort of like John the Baptist, but in exchange for a few dollars.
The next verse that comes to mind is Matthew 26:14-15 which reads, “ Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.” This verse matches more so than the latter. Ten Point claims to be for the people, yet their actions seem to point in the direction of self promotion. I was sickened as they (Ten Point and AG Hill) paraded U.S. AG Jeff Sessions around Indianapolis, and even took him to have some soul food at the Kountry Kitchen Restaurant, as if that was a test to see if he likes African-American cuisine. I wish you all understood the message that you were sending to the African-American community while doing this. Jeff Session is not trying to solve the problems of African-Americans because the problems are stemmed from racism, which he is clearly OK with. The only way to solve the problems that we face as African-Americans is to fix racism, and develop true equality (education, opportunities, housing, banking, etc.). In the words of Jay Z, “We ain’t doing crime, for the sake of doing crime. We movin’ dimes cause we ain’t doin’ fine.” If Judas knew the real mission, he may not have betrayed Jesus, but since he didn’t, 30 pieces of silver was sufficient. This causes me to wonder if Pastor Harrison and The Ten Point Coalition really understand what the problems are in our communities?
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a savvy racist. He understands how to sit amongst the people whom he looks down upon, if it means getting what he desires. He knows how to say meaningless rhetoric, which sounds like sweet music to the common ear. When Attorney General Sessions started talking about ridding the street corners, and neighborhoods, it sounded like he was waging war on the community, the Black community in particular. The Netflix documentary 13th by Ava DuVernay shows how many politicians have made crime reduction their goal. We all know who their focus has been when speaking about crime. This is the oldest trick in the book. Even in the movie, there were Black leaders who said that they were wrong for backing this system. Pastor Harrison has already been drug through the mud for his position on “stop and frisk,” which he later recanted. Yet, here he is again appearing to be the man who is about to spearhead this administrations new war, but theirs will focus on violence. According to the Indianapolis Star, Pastor Harrison stated, “We cannot make this political. We cannot make this about race. The focus has to be on ending this senseless violence that’s disproportionately affecting young men of color.”
If this is not about politics, Indiana Attorney General, Curtis Hill would not be at the table, and US Attorney General Jeff Session, most definitely would not be there. This is ALL about politics, pockets, pawns, and the poor.
The Last verse that I thought about is Matthew 15:13-14, which reads, “He replied, Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” In my opinion, The Ten Point Coalition has chosen to be led by the blind administration of President Donald Trump, and desire for the African-Americans to get onboard with following them into a pit. They have become the “Oligarchs of Indiana.” Oligarchs are a small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution. History has shown us our oppressors have always created oligarchs. This is how they controlled, and currently control Africa. They know that the formula works, and they have Ten Point hook, line, and sinker. They give them money/power in exchange for the people, and this (oligarchs) is what Pastor Charles Harrison and the Ten Point Coalition have become. There are many of them in Indianapolis, but we are currently focused on them.
Malcolm X made a statement that describes this situation perfectly when he said, “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” The sad part about this, is that it is not only the newspapers who are doing it. We can now include some members of the clergy.
Gregory Meriweather is the CEO of Black on Black LLC., and the host of the Gregory Meriweather Show on WBMN Groovin’ 24/7