VALUE LIKE BEAUTY IS IN THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDER! Cabrini Green was once VOTED HANDS DOWN the absolute worst place and Projects to live in in the entire country and maybe the world! THE MURDER RATE…THE POVERTY AND THE VIOLENCE before gentrification was at an all time high! Ironically…this area was the backdrop of one of my personal favorite shows of all times…”GOOD TIMES”! It may have been Good for them because they were getting paid to act and didn’t really live there! LOL Either way…NOBODY WANTED TO LIVE THERE! As a young MIDDLE CLASS black boy I was taught to stay away from the PROJECTS and PROJECT people because their mentality was warped and that I could possibly lose my life if I was caught over their after dark or lose my focus if I got tied up with a Project girl! Today…AS OF APRIL 2016…Cabrini Green HAS BEEN VOTED ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO LIVE IN THE COUNTRY! Imagine that!
I’m sharing this INFORMATION because as I speak in cities across the country and ATTEMPT to speak LIFE into the dry bones in the current ghettos of AMERICA I am often met with resistance from the inhabitants and onlookers who feel to some measure the same way I was taught to feel about CABRINI GREEN! Its hard to imagine PEACE AND PROSPERITY with the issues FACING these blighted areas that these bones or infrastructure could ever LIVE! I AM WRITING THIS ARTICLE BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN…WE WILL AND BY DIVINE PROVIDENCE THAT WE MUST! Biblically we have been taught in the BLACK CHURCH that there was a day coming when we would die and be born again into the KINGDOM of GOD a literal UTOPIA that was flowing with ANGELS HARPS OVERFLOWING WITH MILK AND HONEY! To get there…the one thing that we had to embrace before anything else is a firm belief in LIFE THE DEATH AND THE RESURRECTION of JESUS CHRIST who instinctively we believed was a BLOND BLUE HAIRED WHITE MAN who loved us so much that he paid the ultimate price that we may live forevermore!
THIS DRESSED UP LIE IS VERY SIMILAR TO THE NAKED TRUTH! The naked truth is that THERE IS A KINGDOM COMING AND IT IS TRULY AT HAND…ITS SO CLOSE IT IS LITERALLY UNDER OUR FEET! The story about Cabrini Green is the smoking gun that a ghetto or paradise is only in the eyes of the beholder! The reason the majority of us are blind to the KINGDOM of OUR GOD which is the polar opposite of the currently reality that we face as a people! THE SIGN OF THE COMING OF THE KINGDOM IS THE RESURRECTION OF A REDEMPTIVE IDEA OF A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE AND REALITY AS EXPRESSED AND CREATED FROM AN AFRICAN EDENIC PERSPECTIVE RIDING ON THE PRICE THAT WE…GODS FIRST BORN AND ONLY BEGOTTEN SON…NONE OTHER THAN THE BLACK MAN WILL COME AGAIN INTO A PLACE OF ULTIMATE POWER AND GLORY!
In others words…the rise of the BLACK INTELLECT is symbolic of the resurrection of the dead! KINGDOMS REQUIRE KINGS! The evidence of a KING is the evidence of dominion! THEREFORE until we look at our world from the idea of what it takes to take complete ownership of our environment we will be BLIND DEAF AND DUMB to COMING OUR GOD! Cabrini Green is the smoking gun that proves that a new world is possible no matter what we are facing once we take the ceilings off of our imagination and stop trying to evaluate the world from a conventional wisdom and philosophy! WE MUST THINK DOMINION AND SEE THRU THE EYES OWNERSHIP TO ENTER THOSE PEARLY GATES…OTHER THAN THAT WE WILL BE LIKE WE ARE NOW…SO HEAVENLY BOUND THAT WE ARE NO EARTHLY GOOD! RO…NO CEILINGS!