Month: April 2012

The Blood Fields of Mississippi, How could modern Day Slavery still Exist!!

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by Gregg Greer

On this day Apr 12, 1861:

The bloodiest four years in American history begin when Confederate shore batteries under General P.G.T. Beauregard open fire on Union-held Fort Sumter in South Carolina’s Charleston Bay. During the next 34 hours, 50 Confederate guns and mortars launched more than 4,000 rounds at the poorly supplied fort. On April 13, 1861- U.S. Major Robert Anderson surrendered the fort to U.S. President Abraham Lincoln who a year later issued a proclamation calling for On September 22, 1862; Lincoln announced that he would issue a formal emancipation of all slaves in any state of the Confederate States of America.

Today Glendora, Mississippi is a small town located in Tallahatchie County , surrounding the  Tallahatchie, an Indian name meaning Rock River, was founded in 1833 by settlers crossing the Mississippi River through small Indian trails.

Nearly 150 years after Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation, Poor Blacks are trapped by extreme poverty, isolation, fear and shame, (some stories of rape) and psychological brainwashing some of the blacks remain victims of modern-slavery in rural areas of the South, Specifically, in Glendora Mississippi an area where poor black workers locked into work in labor fields, factories and assorted industries. The region has been called “The Most Southern Place on Earth” because of its unique racial, cultural, and economic history. It was one of the richest cotton growing areas and, before the American Civil War (1861-1865). So the question becomes one of race, and how does Slavery still exist today.  According to Research Data from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center:

Slavery still exists today. Whether it is called human trafficking, bonded labor, forced labor, or sex trafficking, it is present worldwide, including within the United States and, increasingly, in your local community.

An estimated 12 – 27 million people are caught in one or another form of slavery. Between 600,000 and 800,000 are trafficked internationally, with as many as 17,500 people trafficked into the United States. Nearly three out of every four victims are women. Half of modern-day slaves are children.

 

Glendora Population (Facts)

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Glendora has a population of approximately 285 people, most of which are property owners and still actively engage in the production of such commercial crops as corn, rice, soybean, and cotton. The genders of the town are almost split in half between male and female with nearly 60%, being youth. This increasing population of youth is evidence that Glendora , a small town in Mississippi.

There were 73 housing units at an average density of 515.2 per square mile (201.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 4.56% White, 92.28% African American, 0.70% Native American, and 2.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.16% of the population.

The per capita income for the village was $7,044. About 68.2% of families and 62.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 83.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 40.0% of those sixty five or over.

Glendora (Delta) Racist History (Facts)

“I have taken a look at the research (Reverend Greer), and I truly believe this is happening, “that Glendora Mississippi and the Delta Region has a definable racist past, this is so important to note because so many people have been senselessly killed – too many of them already forgotten,”  says Greer-History shows that in this community (Glendora)  people who are at the forefront of the Civil Rights battle believe this region in Mississippi has a deep-rooted and long-term history of racial issues and Civil Rights Violations.

Here are two well-known Historical examples;

  • The Murder of Emmett Till: The Brutal Killing that Mobilized the Civil Rights Movement started in a Glendora storefront  when Young Till whistled at a white woman, and was pistol-whipped him several times then shot and thrown of the banks of the Tallahatchie River.
  • Murder of Twenty-three-year-old Mack Charles Parker, a black truck driver from Lumberton, was accused of raping a white woman (his long time girlfriend). Witnesses had seen the couple together in the past, but on April 25, 1959, Parker was taken and dragged by a lynch mob from the jail in the rural logging town of Poplaville and shot to death on a river bridge north of Bogalusa, Louisiana three days before his scheduled trial date.
Plantation House in Glendora

Humanitarians and Civil Rights advocates around the country believe that in Glendora on plantations land owners hold these poor black workers against their will.  “Slavery never ended there (Glendora) on Plantations and that’s the point, it never ended, It just disguised itself in other forms,” says Antoinette Harrell, who is a Civil Rights Activist based in Louisiana and has documented the plight of people she describes as modern slaves in America for the organization she founded called Slavery.Org.

According to Amanda Kloer who is Change.org Editor and has been a full-time abolitionist in several capacities for seven years, “We often talk about historical slavery and modern-day slavery as two unconnected phenomenon that happen to share similar characteristics. But there has been an unbroken chain of slavery in the U.S. and around the world since the 13 amendment abolished the practice in 1865. In Mississippi and Louisiana, African-American slaves became sharecroppers who became workers in personage who became victims of debt bondage and that exploitation continues today.”

Modern Slavery in Glendora, Miss  

Many struggle to understand how this is happening in 2012.  The fact is people are forced to stay on plantations in Glendora, Miss., and Roseland, La., and other places where brutal plantation landowners use isolation and threats of violence to keep these poor Black workers under control.

Yes, slavery still exists in today in Mississippi and Louisiana, says Timothy Arden Smith, who captured the story in a documentary called “The Cotton Pickin’ Truth … Still on the Plantation,” Others express disbelief and denial because of the perception of racial progress in America, such as having a Black president. “

The upper class Blacks look at it and they are shocked,” said Timothy Smith. “They feel ‘this is not going on we have a Black president.’ ”It is out of sight and out of mind for those who know slavery exists, he added.The Smiths said the areas are isolated, deep inland from main roads and “far away from civilization,” where plantation owners do what they want

Timothy Smith pointed out that the film gives meaning to the human experience and how most people are yet enslaved on one level or another. He cited his colleagues in the media industry who choose to focus on partying and frivolity, fearful of taking on a serious issue such as slavery in modern America.

Glendora, Miss., Mayor Johnny Thomas agrees bogus debt schemes like peonage and sharecropping were used to exploit Black people well into the 20th century. This was his experience growing up as a sharecropper in the late 1950s.

“It’s pre-meditated,” Mayor Thomas explains. “You were kept indebted to the point where you couldn’t leave.” In these cases the plantation owner pays the debt, then the “debtor” and—in most instances—his entire family work the plantation to repay the money. Only the debt is never caught up.

While not bought and sold at auction block, these poor Blacks are forced to work, live in shanty shacks, and often have no indoor plumbing and are often trapped, tied to land where they owe owners debts that are never repaid, according to an activist and researcher. Some Blacks are even forced to pay rent to White landowners for dilapidated housing but are fearful of identifying landlords and owners.

The Number: Average price of slave has decreased

The average price of a slave has decreased during the past 200 years, according to Kevin Bales, a leading abolitionist who has written several books about modern-day slavery.

In 1809, the average price of a slave was $40,000 when adjusted to today’s money. In 2009, the average price of a slave was $90, Bales says. This may be one reason Plantation Owners use fear and intimidation tactics in Glendora.

The chart above may prove why to this day to this day racism remains pervasive on both sides of the conflict at its heart, slavery is an inhuman perversion of a simple economic principle: the best way to maximize profits is by minimizing the cost of labor. In today’s global economy, the seemingly inexhaustible demand for cheap goods and services has created a vast, largely invisible market for easily replenished supplies of men, women and children who are forced to work against their will, for little or no pay, and under constant threat of violence or intimidation.

Gregg Greer President of the Urban Christian Leadership Institute has been a advocate of Human Rights does feel that the problem of human right violations exist in Glendora in the Mississippi Delta Area. “People are being held against their and made to do forced labor then someone has knowledge about it! period! What we need is a Justice Department investigation,” Says, Greer. We hope information such as this will “Break the grip of Shame.”  If we focus we can help unravel the complicated tangle of criminal enterprises trading in human life that might be happening.”

We want to make people aware about what’s going on so we can stop what’s going on,” Tobias Smith said

For more information and what you can do to help write to:

Urban Christian Leadership Institute. 2216 Booker Ave Charlotte, NC 28216

US Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Civil Rights Division Criminal Section – PHB Washington, DC 20530

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Love and Peace, G.Greer

Gregg Greer, Chief Editor of One(1) World

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Is Today’s Church Failing to get the Message out!

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By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World
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ChurchFor over 100 years now we the church has been sending out missionaries to be pastors of churches, and thus God’s order has been reversed. Our methods as a “Church,” have not been scriptural. Hence, the world is majorly still evangelized in spite of all our efforts. How will the church equip the next generation of leaders for the task of proclaiming the gospel in the global world that is even now upon us?
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Paul
Paul, the greatest and most successful missionary the world has ever known, did not become a pastor, or a bishop. He travelled, preached, won converts, organized churches, placed them under leadership, and passed on. He did not attempt to change the manners and customs of the people. The Gospel, where necessary, did that. He placed responsibility upon the faithful, made the churches he established were self-supporting and self-propagating, and that from the very start of his mission. He founded no colleges, built no hospitals and erected no church buildings. The faithful provided for their own needs.
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Is this Message for People of Faith? Westboro Baptist Church
Is this Message for People of Faith?
Westboro Baptist Church

The message

Our “Divine” call is to “Go ye therefore and teach all nations” (Matt. 28:19), however, this command does not, in this situation, specify of what this teaching is to consist.  Accordingly, the church must have a clear direct message, despite the failure of many churches relative to this duty has led many folks to the belief that the church is nothing more than some an exclusive club that endures for no other purpose than to entertain its followers. Because of the washed down Christianity of the present day, it is unknown even by numerous believers who are nominally Christians that there is a message of help and hope which has been committed to the churches.


The Modern Church Problem
While in seminary and my earlier days as a young minister, I made a careful study of missionary methods. In many churches, I find missionaries acting as pastors of Independent churches, a thing unknown in Scripture. In one church, for instance, I visited-a number of leaders who had been long-term members, in some cases, 20, 25 and even 30 years, installed a strange tradition that they prayed over the money with one pointed finger, That finger afterward when pointed at you, becomes a symbolic blessing. The Pastor had settled down and after preaching for some time, had won a number of converts, whom they had organized into a church. During all these years, they had remained themselves in charge of themselves as pastors. Consequently their influence had not been felt beyond the confines of their local work.
Are me loosing the Youth of the Church
Are we loosing the Youth of the Church?
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In many churches-I visited I found a number of missionaries who had become pastors, who were unwilling to allow their youth, gifted though they were to go into the mother church and mentor. They (youth) were not allowed room to grow and most important we did not train them correctly in order to evangelize other youth of the community.

I do not mean to insinuate that these churches have not done good workBut after 20, 25 and 30 years of service we have to accept the fact that in our communities and in our country in which we have labored for so long, and in some cases even the local city (next block) in which they live and preach, is still (un)evangelized and crime filled. What a tragedy! They became pastors of churches instead of evangelists.

What then should they have done? We all should have followed the example of Paul. We should have kept the evangelization constantly in mind, adopting the scriptural methods that would have made this possible. The main business, the one and only business of the evangelist, is to train workers, and put responsibility upon them. We should always be appointed as evangelists or teachers according to their gifts and sent forth to evangelize. We should not be ordained as pastors and elders and placed in charge of churches, until they gained proving ground in evangelicalism. Every church should not be self-governing, and just as a hive when it repeatedly swarms not producing year after year….then a succession plan should be made!
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Have People of Faith failed??
Have People of Faith failed??


I know, you may or may not agree with all that I have said. But one thing you cannot deny. Thus far, we have failed greatly to evangelize the “Faithful.” Then we must admit that something is wrong. I think we must all agree that our plan isn’t working. Then why not consider another? A plan tried and tested by the Early Church. A plan through which the Holy Spirit can operate. God‘s plan. God‘s way!

Peace, and Love

Pastor, Gregg Greer 

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Hello World! April 5, 2012 (First day!)

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 Welcome, About One (1) World and its editor;

  As a public speaker and minister, Gregg Greer has lectured on multiculturalism, building corporate responsibility, the life of Dr. King, civil rights, Aids (HIV) in Communities, American politics and civic engagement, leadership, social activism, redefining American manhood, and being Black and male in America, among other topics, at  community centers, religious institutions, conferences, and festivals, as well as in corporate settings Gregg Greer has taught, mentored, and counseled in schools, camps, prisons, and on the streets of Urban America. He is an outspoken critic of Economic Oppression, Genocide, and the Death penalty Furthermore,  Greer routinely offers his insights on a variety of matters, to, radio, newspaper, magazine, and internet outlets globally. As a longterm member of the SCLC Southern Christian leadership Conference -Greer believes and follows the example of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, The SCLC’s Founder

I believe Faith and Social Leadership are two powerful combinations and valuable tools for social change.” Says Greer. My work within the Christian community is never-ending, and highly engaged. This blog is another way to connect, and gain valuable perspective.

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Speech, April 1886 Frederick Douglas

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