“LOST AT SEA”

Lord I come to you on this night with a pleading heart, for there are many who are drowning in the stormy seas of life, as they have not yet chosen you to be their lifeguard who is always on duty. The disbelief that those “lost at sea” carry within is beginning to weigh them down, for they are slowly beginning to sink towards the abyss. As the winds from the sea blow across the shoreline I can hear the cries of those lost, for without your grace and mercy the rising tides and their tears that fall will soon become one. Lord there was a time when I was “lost at sea” and I thought you did not hear my cries for help, but you saved me from a watery grave. Lord there are still many “lost at sea” and I pray that you hear their cries for help, for they now know that they cannot stay afloat without you in their lives. Lord I also pray that you show the lost ones mercy, and that the rising tides and their falling tears never become one.

“He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.”

Psalm 107:29

Thank You!

DAME

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“AGE IS MORE THAN JUST A NUMBER”

Age is the accumulative accounts of ones experiences in life, age is more than just a number. As a fine wine ages with time it must go through the aging stages to experience the maturation process. As does a fine wine we must also age with time, we must go through the aging stages to experience the maturation process, for without the experiences of life we will not age appropriately. Furthermore, we will not gain the wisdom which comes from aging.

“Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?”

Job 12:12

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“DO THE MATH”

Now “Faith” is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good “works” and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Mathew 5:16

The “salvation” of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.

Psalm 37:39

“Faith” + “Works” = “Salvation

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, also “Faith” apart from “works” is dead

James 2:26

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“TA-DA”

Through his vision the white man has painted a unholy picture of the American Black male in a dark light for the world to see. His gallery of illusions has changed the Black mans true course, for his never ending exhibition of deception has deceived the eyes and minds of millions around the world. Many have been tricked into thinking that we are less than, for the white mans sleight of hand is a skill that he has perfected over hundreds of years.The white mans intentional misdirection, the action or process of directing someone to the wrong place or the wrong direction continues, for he has us on the path to make “America great again,” a path that leads us back to his past.

“And Jesus answered and said unto them. Take heed that no man deceive you.”

               Mathew 24:4

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“CHOOSE WISELY”

The Lord has blessed me with an inner peace that the world knows not of, for it is full of darkness, racism, conflict, disease, and faithlessness. I truly thank you Lord for blessing me with balance in an unstable world, a world where I “choose” not to fall.

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore “choose” life, that you and your offspring may live.

Deuteronomy 30:19

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“DO NOT JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER”

On August 13, 2007, I officially started working for Sprinkler Fitters Local 483. I started out as an apprentice, a person who learns a job or skill by working for a fixed period of time under someone who specializes in his or her trade of choice. My apprenticeship was for five years, I was also required to fully complete eight hours of mandatory classroom work per week, and tests were given at the end of each month. My goal was to become a journeyman, an individual who has completed his or her apprenticeship. As my apprenticeship began I was truly overwhelmed at first, but the Lord puts the right people, in the right places, at the right time for me. Rick Woods, a balding, obnoxious, overweight white man was my first blessing, for he took me under his wing. Rick was one of the few people in the trade that was patient with me, he taught me everything he knew, and the belief that Rick had in me was overwhelming. I do not want to get to ahead of myself, for there is another side to Rick, it is his excuse making, non-liable, close minded, inherited white side. Can you imagine some of the colorful conversations that Rick and I had? As a matter of fact, I think this would be an appropriate time to share with you our first conversation as it pertains to our getting to know each other. Before I can begin a working relationship with any white male, I have one question that I need answered, so I asked Rick…

Me: Do you have a problem working with a Black man?

I asked Rick that question to see how quick he was mentally, for his response will tell all. Does he take time to think before he speaks? Does he take my questioning him defensively, or does he tell me what he thinks I want to hear? When I asked Rick that question his response was quick, but not rushed…..

Rick:

“I am a white republican married to a woman of Asian descent, and I have no problem working with a Black man. But what I do have a problem with is your inquiry, as I now feel the need to ask you the same question.”

He then proceeded to ask without hesitation….

Rick:

“Do you have a problem working with a white republican that is married to a woman of Asian descent?”

My reply was quick and to the point….

Me:

“No, but I would like to state for the record that counter questions are mainly used for investigation or interrogation purposes, which of the two are you using, or is it both?

We both looked at each other and laughed, we then proceeded to introduce ourselves in a more traditional manner…..

Me:

My name is Damon O’Bannon, and it is truly a pleasure meeting you.

Rick:

“My name is Rick Woods, and it is truly a pleasure meeting you as well.”

Rick and I have been friends for over twelve years, and if I ever needed this “white man” for anything, I can call on him.

“Just like all Blacks are not criminals, all white people are not racist.”

Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.

John 7:24

DAME

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“STAND TALL”

I have been blessed with an inner peace that the world knows not of, for I am surrounded by a world full of spiritual, mental, and physical conflict. I thank the Lord daily for blessing me with balance in a unstable world, a world where “I choose not fall.”

Listen, stay alert, “stand tall” in the faith, be courageous, and be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13

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“DO YOU KNOW”

Do you know how important we are? Do you know the role that we play concerning the survival of the young Black male and female of America and their battle for equality in this life? We must bridge the gap of time and knowledge that exist between our children and ourselves, we must teach them their hidden history, or the footprints that they follow will be those of the forgotten:

Sam Hose, African American, lynched

Joe Coe, African American, lynched

Henry Smith, African American, lynched

Amos Miller, African American, lynched

Jim Taylor, African American, lynched

David Jones, African American, lynched

Ephraim Gizzard, African American, lynched

William Shorter, African American, lynched

Orion Anderson, African American, lynched

Benjamin Thompson. African American, lynched

Joseph McCoy, African American, lynched

Mag rider Fletcher, African American, lynched

Joseph Reed, African American, lynched

Frazier Baker, African American, lynched

Tom Moss, African American, lynched

Calvin McDowell, African American, lynched

Will Stewart, African American, lynched

Dick Lundy, African American, lynched

Emit Divers, African American, lynched

John Peterson, African American, lynched

Eliza Woods, African American, lynched

Levi Harrington, African American, Lynched

Jack Mingo, African American, lynched

John Taylor, African America, lynched

Bill Gilmer, African American, lynched

Huie Conorly, African American, lynched

Andrew Ford, African American, lynched

Henry Hinson, African American, lynched

Charles Willis, African American, lynched

William Rawls, African American, lynched

Alfred Daniels, African American, lynched

Sydney Randolph, African American, lynched

Henry James, African American, lynched

Albert Martin, African American, lynched

Richard Puryear, African American, lynched

Nevlin Porter, African American, lynched

Wyatt Outlaw, African American, lynched

James Bartley, African American, lynched

John Campbell, African American, lynched

Vernon amount, African American, lynched

Wilbur Little, African American, lynched

Will Cato, African American, lynched

Paul Reed, African American, lynched

Jake Wades, African American, lynched

Cordella Stevenson, African American, lynched

Philip Gathers, African American, lynched

William Bradford, African American, lynched

Lynn Council, African American, lynched

Cellos Harrison, African American, lynched

Shedwick Thompson, African American, lynched

Allen Turner, African American, lynched

Ed Lang, African American, lynched

Charles Write, African American, lynched

Arthur Young, African American, lynched

Henry Scott, African American, lynched

Roger Malcom, African American, lynched

Dorothy Malcom, African American, lynched

George Murray, African American, lynched

Mae Murray, African American, lynched

Eugene Hamilton, African American, lynched

Obe Cox, African American, lynched

Paul Jones, African American, lynched

Jordan Jameson, African American, lynched

Lemuel Walter, African American, lynched

George Holden, African American, lynched

Willie Wilkins, African American, lynched

John Ruffin, African American, lynched

Henry Ruffin, African American, lynched

Gauge Anderson, African American, lynched

Laura Nelson, African American, lynched

William Fambro, African American, lynched

Isadore Banks, African American, lynched

Manny Price, African American, lynched

Robert Scruggs, African American, lynched

Jumbo Clark, African American, lynched

Henry White, African American, lynched

Stella Young, African American, lynched

Andrew McHenry, African American, lynched

Mary Dennis, African American, lynched

James Dennis, African American, lynched

Bert Dennis, African American, lynched

Rev. Josh Baskins, African American, lynched

Abraham Wilson, African American, lynched

George Buddington, African American, lynched

Green Lang, African American, lynched

Ernest Lang, African American, lynched

Charlie Lang, African American, lynched

Ed Johnson, African American, lynched

Clark Alma, African American, lynched

Andrew Alma, African American, lynched

Major Alma, African American, lynched

Maggie House, African American, lynched

James Clark, African American, lynched

Elbert Williams, African American, lymched

Will Brown, African American, lynched

Eugene Williams, African American, lynched

Robert Robinson, African American, lynched

Bob Ashley, African American, lynched

Cleo Wright, African American, lynched

Lemuel Walters, African American, lynched

Benny Richards, African American, Lynched

Lloyd Gray, African American, lynched

Henry Prince, African American, lynched

Jim Waters, African American, lynched

Frank Livingston, African American, lynched

William Miller, African American, lynched

Berry Washington, African American, lynched

James Chaney, African American, lynched

James Jordan, African American, lynched

George Armwood, African American, lynched

George Taylor, African American, lynched

James Carter, African American, lynched

Smiles Estes, African American, lynched

George Carter, African American, lynched

Jennie Steers, African American, lynched

Frank Morris, African American, lynched

James Byrd Jr, African American, lynched

Albert Young, African American, lynched

James Scott, African American, lynched

George Wright, African American, lynched

Zachariah Walker, African American, lynched

Elias Clayton, African American, lynched

Elmer Jackson, African American, lynched

Issac McGhie, African American, lynched

Elwood Higginbotham, African American, lynched

Chiton Jennings, African American, lynched

Thomas Wade, African American, lynched

Nielsen Patton, African American, lynched

Samuel Smith, African American, lynched

Sanford Lewis, African American, lynched

Miles Phifer, African American, lynched

Will Temple, African American, lynched

Robert Crosky, African American, lynched

John Temple, African American, lynched

Mathew Williams, African American, lynched

George Grant, African American, lynched

Lige Daniels, African American, lynched

Raymond Gunn, African American, lynched

Henry Lowry, African American, lynched

John Hartfield, African American, lynched

Bunk Richardson, African American, lynched

Dave Tillis, African American, lynched

George Hughes, African American, lynched

Allie Thompson, African American, lynched

Charles Craven, African American, lynched

John Parker, African American, lynched

Abram Smith, African American, lynched

Emit Till, African American, lynched

Anthony Crawford, African American, lynched

Arthur Herman, African American, lynched

Irving Herman, African American, lynched

Charles Wright, African American, lynched

Neal Claude, African American, lynched

ELL Persons, African American, lynched

Fred Rochelle, African American, lynched

Jesse Washington, African American, lynched

John Carter, African American, lynched

Perry July, African American, lynched

Mary Turner, African American, lynched

Stacey Reuben, African American, lynched

Sam Carter, African American, lynched

Slab Pitts, African American, lynched

Thomas Shipp, African American, lynched

Willie Earle, African American, lynched

Willie James Howard, African American, lynched

Charles Parker, African American, lynched

Michael Donald, African American, lynched

Andrew Williams, African American, lynched

Drivel Rucker, African American, lynched

Winfred Rembert, African American, lynched (survived)

Willie Turks, African American, beaten

Michael Griffith, Afro-Caribbean, lynched

Yusuf Hawkins, African American, shot

IF YOU JUST SCROLLED DOWN PAST EVERY NAME ON THIS LIST JUST TO GET TO THE CLIMAX, YOU ARE NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION, BUT THERE IS A STRONG POSSIBILITY THAT YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM!”

“BLACK LIVES DO MATTER!”

DAME

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“TAKE A CLOSER LOOK”

The KKK did not just wake up one morning and decide to stop hating niggers, what they did was make one simple adjustment, well two. (1) The white man changed his nightly attire, he went from wearing hoods and robes, to wearing hats, suits, and ties. (2) The white man then decided that it would be in his best interest to integrate our two cultures for his benefit and not ours, for the influx of immigrants from other countries was at a all time high, he had to clean his house. The white man gave us jobs that only paid us a few cents more than his slave wages, but they made sure that it was enough to purchase pain, hate, poverty, high blood pressure, strokes, heart disease, diabetes, violence, hopelessness, anger, drugs, and alcohol. The white man painted a picture of the American Black male and female without us posing for the canvas, he made it look as if he was trying to help us advance in a society that was built on his lies, but in our truth, his lies remain, for “they are hidden in plain site.”

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravaging wolves.”

Mathew 7:15

DAME

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“WHITE SUPREMACY?”

Webster’s Dictionary:

White Supremacy- the belief, theory, or doctrine that “white people are inherently superior to people from all other racial and ethnic groups, especially Black people,” and are therefore rightfully the dominant group in any society.

“Ego is nothing but a manifestation of ones own insecurities, masked with pride and arrogance.”

The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled, and human pride brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted on that day.

Isaiah 2:11

DAME

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