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Thoughts From a Black Woman's Heart "What Have They Done to the Teachings of My Jesus?"

Tamam Tracy Moncur a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement retired from teaching in 2010. She is now a director of a food pantry in Newark.

Fake Christians...Hypocritical Politicians

Thoughts from a Black Woman's Heart

What Have They Done To the Teachings of My Jesus?

Running...running...running for my life through COVID 19...racist fiends barreling through space in trucks filled with glass shards of hatred piercing time...in my mind opening wounds of DNA remembrance…my soul raped...kidnapped from the shores of Africa...the Motherland...caught up in a slave ship called Jesus…tossed on the waves of alienation… transported through the generations to America the land of the free to be raised up in the midst of racial disparity…Jim Crow...the KKK and burning crosses…my Jesus...my Jesus...what have they done to the teachings of my Jesus?

Malcolm X Speaks

Back in the sixties, as a young person attending Berkeley High School in California, I was inspired to join the fight for freedom. I had the great pleasure of hearing Malcolm X in person at the local Y. This took place in 1961. I was mesmerized and sat spell-bound. He challenged my belief system admonishing and asking the audience how we could serve a blond blue eyed Jesus when that very image of Jesus had been used to kill and enslave us. His words planted a truth in my heart that years later would have a profound effect on my life.

The Civil Rights Movement

I became an activist on the high school campus as well as in the community. Every Saturday my friends and I would picket Woolworth’s in support of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Civil Rights Movement led by Dr. King was a nonviolent movement based on the teachings of Jesus. Dr. King says he was influenced by Mahatma Gandhi who led his country India in a non-violent revolution to protest British rule. They won their independence in 1947. Gandhi says he was impacted by Jesus' “Sermon on the Mount” and applied the concept of love thy enemy, and turn the other cheek to the freedom struggle in India. Here are two of Gandhi’s famous quotes, “Jesus was the most active resister known perhaps to history. He was non-violence par excellence.”; “Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians-you are not like him.”

March On Washington

I attended San Francisco State College for a short period of time, met new friends on campus and eventually we became roommates. We joined the W.E.B. Dubois club which was very close to our apartment. In 1963 we drove across country to the March on Washington. I had first heard Dr. King in person as a child at the Oakland Auditorium in 1957. I was fidgeting in my seat at the beginning of the rally but as soon as Dr. King came on his oratory prowess had me riveted in complete captivation at his energy and his words. Then once again in Washington DC, when I was 18 years old, he inspired me with his “I Have a Dream Speech” to immerse myself 100% into the fight for justice.

When I returned to San Francisco the W.E.B. Dubois club partnering with other activist and other civil rights groups began initiating demonstrations in San Francisco combating discrimination in employment. We targeted Mel’s Drive In… the Sheraton Palace Hotel and the hotel industry…we sat in…we were arrested but in the end our demands were met and the job market opened up in a very significant way for blacks. All across the country the outcry for justice was being sounded for change.

Jesus is a Man of Color

My mother and brother moved to New York City so I too eventually relocated to the East Coast and met my husband Grachan Moncur III, a renowned composer and trombonist. After I had my first baby I yearned for a religious base in which to raise my child. I had left the Christian church earlier based on the teachings of Malcolm X. My husband’s grandparents though were ministers in a church whose concept is Judaic Christian. In the course of a family conversation I let them know I would not worship a blond blue eyed Jesus. They began to tell me about their church. The church was founded by a black Prophet who was given a vision by God that black people were the original Israelites, and that Jesus was black. I was intrigued. In other words Jesus was a man of color.

The White World

The question is can white people accept the fact that Jesus was a man of color. For bible scholars there are two scriptures in the bible that describe the personage of Jesus. One is Daniel 7:9 “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.” The other is Revelations 1:14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

Many people say that His color doesn’t matter yet in the reality of our world many lives have been shattered by systematic racism and all its schisms…rooted in desecrated Christianity and slavery; its fingers of bigotry reaching into our era attempting to strangle democracy. The teachings of Jesus have been blasphemed by lovers of power and money…some who seem to be religious but are snakes in the grass.

Fake Christians and Phony Politicians Trying to Rule in 2022

Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of our country based on a platform of rhetoric, persuasively appealing to fear and hate, and effectively dividing the country into an enclave of callousness and confusion. He continually claims that the election was somehow rigged so consequently President Biden did not fairly win the election of 2020. The Republicans in the senate, the fake Christians and the phony politicians are standing behind a lie. Trump republicans passing voting laws making it hard for minorities to vote, attempting to crush hope, and to dismantle our democracy.

House of Love Soup Kitchen/Pantry

Currently I am director of the House of Love Soup Kitchen/Pantry, a faith-based organization located in Newark, NJ. I am also a retired teacher who taught in the Newark Public School System. From my experience in working with people I know there are many black people who reject Jesus because they believe he is a white man’s God consequently closing the door on the faith, the peace, the love, and the spiritual strength He gives us every day.

Jesus the Christ

Jesus the God of Love, given to us by the Father above, who lived the perfect life on earth; who calms all fear and hurt: who empowers us with empathy and compassion for our fellow man in our quest for salvation; who blesses us with the Holy Spirit to care not only about ourselves but others who need guidance and light through this journey called life.


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