This is what I see...let's start at the bottom of the picture where the wombmen are adversely placed. The wombmen are small but seem to be loud and strong in their prayers. There looks to be about three generations of wombmen. This setting right here tells some history. Melanated wombmen have worshiped this image of a savior for many generations. Taught by their mothers mother, whom were taught by the oppressor to trust in an image. Some Melanated wombmen dedicate their lives to the image. They will over mind their partners just to be close to this image. Some have no partner but trust in the image to bring them a partner. All along their mind is focused on pleasing the image. Also in the picture I noticed their eyes are closed. Reminds me of blind faith. To have faith is to know all is well. You can visualize all is well. You begin to see all is well. However blind faith can lead you down a dark path of sorrow and confusion. The wombmen in the picture are blinded by their faith in an image. An image that seems to over power them in this picture. They don't see anything else except for the image that is now engraved into their subconscious minds. So whenever they feel the pressure this image now automatically comes to surface. The image is so large they don't run from it. Because the image is a man subconsciously they feel protected. Subconsciously this image becomes their man. They begin to no longer need a physical man or the physical presence of a king. The image becomes all they need. Therefore many of are wombmen seem to be without a partner because mentally their focus is stuck on a imagery of a savior that was handed down from generation to generation from the oppressor. In this picture you see these wombmen crying out savior as they sit alone.
Now let's look at the top of the picture. A young melanated male, clearly made as hell at the image in the center. I wondered for a while at the youth of the male. Wondering why is he so young and so angry at the image. Then I thought about the statistics of melanated men in church. Those statistics are low compared to the statistics of a melanated wombman (The black church is 75% female.) That also explains why there are more wombmen at the bottom of the picture worshipping the image while only one young man is at the top shooting the image down. During slavery melanated mothers feared for their sons lives. They witnessed the horrific acts of the slave master towards their fathers, brothers and male partners. Therefore, a fear was set in their hearts as little girls. Some had even watched their own mothers in fear of the slave master. So when the slave master shows you an image of "God" and you began to see God as a man and as a white man, you learn how to respect and please the oppressor quick. Because now all you see is life in this white man's world. Well, while the wombman is in fear the young man has developed a hate towards the oppressor and his image of a white male god. The melanated male is pissed as hell at the oppressor and his image. How dare he be beaten day in and day out to then bow and worship at the feet of this white male god. Not only is he pissed at the lies but now this image separates him from his mother and sisters. Because of this image the wombman have subconsciously left the brother to be alone in this white man's world.
Next we have the center of the painting. Jesus. Yes we know it's name. Jesus, the image. Well Jesus here looks scared and frightened of the young melanated male. As if he's afraid that the young more powerful male will destroy his image. Because it's not death that Jesus is afraid of, as the picture displays him on the cross (On the cross he defeated death. So the story goes). Jesus looks terrified of the melanated being above him. Now look at this placement the young melanated male is above the savior. Not only is he above but he has a weapon to destroy the image. The image is more afraid of the melanated male more than the melanated male is afraid of the image.
So what is this picture saying? To me the picture is saying get rid of the middle man. This image has destroyed the melanated family for too long. I already know this picture alone will ruffle some feathers. However the time is now to step out of our comfort zone and embrace truth. Until this image is destroyed we will continue to destroy our once rich and lively culture. We must give up the white god and embrace our African spirit. Here we will learn to become our own savior. Here we can start the healing process because it takes courage and strength to let go of all you think you knew. People will be shocked and hurt by the truth but the truth is the only road to recovery. The truth helps us to face our fears and regain strength. Facing our fears will bring some pain but embracing our truth will restore the love we lost for one another. Love will aid us in rebuilding the broken melanated homes. True love from the Supreme Being within every creature will conquer all. Ase'
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