Earlier today, I was tagged on a Huffington Post article titled “Bishop T.D. Jakes May Be The Healer America Needs Right Now.”
In fulfillment of prophecy (Matthew 24:5), the world continues to lift up false messiahs as “the healer” “the visionary” “the one” and “the man of peace.” But hopefully, the true body of Christ knows better.
The article mentioned a “Black Lives Matter” prayer delivered by Jakes in December of 2014. The prayer can be heard in the YouTube video below.
Well, this is all very Twilight Zonish to me considering that Jakes financially exploits Black people (especially women) with emotion-stroking Scriptural gymnastics and a poisonous blend of Word-Faith heresy, ‘self-empowerment,’ and New Age philosophy.
But now all of a sudden, “Black Lives Matter”?
It’s bizarre to see Jakes taking interest in the “Black Lives Matter” Movement, because I remember during the Eddie Long scandal, Jakes minimized the egregious nature of the allegations by saying that if the allegations were true, Long’s accusers were “old enough to drive” “old enough to make their own decisions” and “old enough to go to war” at the time the alleged sexual abuse occurred — as if that somehow made it OKAY for a married ‘bishop’ to use his perceived authority, power, and wealth to allegedly coerce teenage boys into sexual acts and relationships for his own personal gratification.
Jakes also said that it wasn’t like the alleged victims were 10-years-old — as if sexual abuse is “less harmful” for teenage boys than 10-year-old boys. You can watch the CNN interview with Jakes by clicking here.
Speaking for myself, Jakes’ response to the allegations of sexual abuse against Eddie Long angered me and raised a huge red flag.
His response was representative of the widespread negligence, apathy, indifference, and concealment of child sexual abuse within the black ‘community.’
The general mindset towards the sexual abuse of children seems to be that children don’t have the right to be innocent, sexually pure, safe and protected.
Within the black ‘community,’ this mindset is even more predominant due to the hyper-sexualization of black youth and the myth that black children are innately “more sexual” than other children.
Black children are taught (often by their own relatives) that:
-They do not have any personal space, a personal bubble, or personal boundaries that can be trespassed or intruded upon.
-It’s okay for people to view and touch their private parts.
-It’s okay for them to view and touch the private parts of others.
-It’s okay for adults to make comments about their private parts.
-It’s okay for adults (including relatives) to make creepy, disturbing, and inappropriate comments like “you’re going to be sexy when you get older” “I’m coming for you when you turn 18” and to view these comments as “harmless compliments.”
-It’s okay for them to see adults being sexual.
-They don’t have the right to say “no” to uncomfortable or inappropriate touching.
-Not to take uncomfortable or inappropriate touching seriously (but to see it as someone “joking around” being “playful” or being “very affectionate”).
-To perform inappropriate and sexual acts to or in the presence of older siblings, cousins, and adults.
-To see themselves, from a very early age, as sex objects.
-Black girls are taught that they are “stuck up” “rude” or the “b” word if they reject sexual attention from random Black adult males.
-Black girls are also taught at a very early age, to be sexually subservient to black adult males.
In some families, child sexual abuse is a “rite of passage.” Horror stories of being raped, molested, and verbally, emotionally, and psychologically violated by predators are common.
When some black children act out sexually, their behavior is brushed off as “being fast” “rebellious” or “that’s just how kids are today.”
Rarely does anyone see their behavior as a cry for help, indicative of a deeper problem, and ask questions and investigate WHY they are acting out sexually. This goes back to black children being seen as hyper-sexual or innately “more sexual” than other children.
When you combine these ingredients with the dangerous almost cult-like adulation and exaltation of “the black preacher” and the excessive authority that many of them are given, it creates a climate where sexual predators are given carte blanche to molest and rape black children.
Woe betide the courageous victim who comes forward and tells their story. They will be bashed to the ends of the earth and falsely accused of lying, slandering the man of God, touching God’s anointed, seducing their perpetrator, being a willing participant, wanting it, and “being fast.”
Those who do believe the victim often tell them to keep quiet, don’t tell the police, don’t get a lawyer, just pray, forgive, and move on. “Let the church/denomination handle it internally” which means let the church do nothing and brush it under the rug.
The lives of black men and women who are unjustly killed SHOULD matter. But so should the lives of black children who are sexually abused.
I give a BIG side-eye to those who demonstrate selective outrage and concern when men are killed, but dogmatically state we have “no authority” to speak on child sexual abuse and that we should “just pray and plead the blood” (which is churchanese code language for “shut up and stop snitching”).
Maybe instead of#BlackLivesMatter the hashtag should be #CertainBlackLivesMatter .
Both T.D. Jakes and Jamal Harrison-Bryant can have several pews.
“You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly.” (Leviticus 19:15)
“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.” (Psalm 82:3)