Black Spirituality Religion : .............Tehporp ehT

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    Nat Turner "The Prophet" October 2, 1800 - November 11, 1831

    Black slave preacher Nat Turner felt that God had called on him to lead his people out of slavery. He was born on a small plantation in Virginia to an African-born slave mother who taught him to hate slavery. His master's son taught him to read, and over the years he became fanatically religious and served as preacher for the slaves in the area. Some of his devoted flock began to call him "the Prophet." A solar eclipse in 1831 was God's sign to Nat Turner that the time had come to strike the blow for freedom.

    The biggest slave uprising in U.S. history began on the night of August 21, 1831, when Turner and seven fellow slaves murdered their master and his family while they slept, and then set out on a campaign of brutal murder that terrorized the countryside and killed 55 white people. Picking up slave recruits as they traveled from plantation to plantation, Turner and his followers moved through Southampton County toward the county seat of Jerusalem, where they planned to capture the armory. Some of the slaves were mounted so that they could chase down anyone trying to escape as they swept down on a plantation and bludgeoned to death all the white people they could find- children and women, young and old indiscriminately. For 48 hours, Turner and his undisciplined followers rampaged and killed until they, themselves, were killed, captured, or dispersed in a confrontation with armed citizens and the state militia outside Jerusalem. Nat managed to escape and hide out for six weeks before he was captured. He and 16 of his followers were hanged.

    Nat Turner's rebellion set off a reign of terror for all blacks in the area as state and federal troops swept through, killing as many as 200 blacks. To avoid future uprisings, new slave codes were enacted outlawing the education of slaves and putting strict controls on their movements.

    Fascinating Fact: A policy of not questioning the slave system was adopted in the South because it was felt that any discussion might encourage similar slave revolts.


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    And once again we are seeing how terror is used as an excuse by the powers that be to muffle our right to free speech. There's more outrage for the rights of illegal aliens than for legitimate citizens who quietly allow the Home Security Department to hack away at the constitution.

    As for Nat Turner he died as he lived. History makes heroes where headlines see villains.
     
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    peace,

    True indeed sister River........!
    Funny thing about the story of Nat Turner is that Nat Turner "got the calling from God" & did what he did...I wonder why preachers today who say they got the "call from God" don't do what brother Turner did?

    - is God still using the same number or is it now an 800 number??

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    - & so it also was/is with Christianity...The slaves could not meet unless there was a white man present & the preachers were "hand picked" like our black leaders today...........
     
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    Shu Nefer,

    Good to hear from you. Never fear.
    From what I've seen it appears to be an unlisted number on both ends of the line. I've never understood what constitutes a calling from God. Like the rest of the laity I just assume anyone who can talk non-stop for forty five minutes coherantly enough to elicit an amen or two is called. But I've never seen any of the talking evolve into action.
    We can't look to the hand picked leaders. We must lead ourselves. Like you teaching me have become my leader and I can lead those who are ready to listen. What will it take to wake the masses?