It began the moment that rumors leaked that Bishop Eddie Long was dead.
For those who don’t know, Eddie Long is a controversial, yet well-known minister in the Black Christian Church community.
So, on social media some folks were paying their respects, you know, like you do when someone dies.
Other people began to send support and prayers across various social media platforms to young men who came forward saying that Eddie Long had been molesting them for years. This is not what you do when someone dies.
We are supposed to “let them rest”. Keep silent about whatever they did. For if you don’t, folks will unleash lines of scriptures that most of us have heard since we were kids.
These scriptures are designed to remind us that: “we all do bad things” “we are all sinners” “forgive” “move on”.
The same thing that most Survivors are accustomed to hearing.
Unfortunately, some Christians have just learned to ‘churchify’ the same phrases that shackle Survivors across the globe.
Needless to say, we were not surprised when some church folks immediately began to attempt to admonish us. “How dare we speak ill of the dead!”
But WE would not be silent.
We are human beings.
When we hurt we yell out.
Our pain was for the young men who came forward with heartbreaking tales of demolished childhoods.
To paraphrase one tweeter: Eddie Long is dead, but he will never be dead to his victims.
The Men’s Choir
Voices rose higher. It wasn’t led by the women this time.
It was led by the men.
Specifically, Black men spoke up about their pain.
They shared their heavy burdens of being both invisible victims and blamed victims.
But God is so Good! Nothing ever goes to waste on His watch.
Out of the pain and the voices arose this beautiful piece. This is classic.
Written by Son of Baldwin on the Medium platform.
Bishop Eddie Long Is Not the Only One Who’s Dead
Bishop Eddie Long is dead.
The way that we regard death as an excuse to kill truth.