“I CAN’T BREATHE: Politics”

“I CAN’T BREATHE: Politics”

This set of podcasts, originally created for the Jackie Jackson Ministries Radio Show, are so chocked full of unknown information you will have to listen over & over. Truly the goal of the ministry to take you a bit deeper is accomplished in these recordings. You are about to walk right through history into what is going on in today’s political landscape. Here is a taste of what you will experience as you listen.

The Bible has several people that were involved in the political arena. Their stories & influence becomes clear when you look at their lives through the orchestration of God’s hand.

Joseph- Rose to be the 2nd in command in Egypt the most powerful Black nation on earth.

Genesis 41:38-41 38 Then Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, who has in him the Spirit of God?” 39 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Because God has shown you all this, there is no one as understanding and wise as you are. 40 My house will be put in your care. And all my people will do as you say. Only on the throne will I be greater than you.” 41 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have put you in power over all the land of Egypt.” (NLV)

Joseph Before Pharaoh


Nothing stands out more as a culmination of a variety of efforts than Black participation in politics during Reconstruction.  The results of education, economics, and religious conviction all come together in the political arena.  The phenomenal political accomplishments during this short period in history are a great tribute to those who were privileged to live during this time.  It is nothing short of miraculous that in approximately twelve years, a previously enslaved population could go from lives of servitude to approaching political equality. 

Every African Methodist Episcopal minister in Georgia was said to be involved in Republican politics at some level. There was an insatiable hunger for political knowledge even before Blacks could vote. Hundreds of freedmen would gather in St. Landry, Louisiana at the offices of the Black controlled Progress on Sundays to hear the latest political issue read aloud.  Every Black institution, in one form or another, became politicized.  Political material was read for all to hear at “churches, societies, leagues, clubs, balls, picnics, and all other gatherings.”  The rise in political interest is described as meteoric. This is 1867 around 3 years before Black people could actually vote.

Tom Skinner– wrote in “How Black is the Gospel” the enormous progress Black people made in the political arena. We don’t have anything close to these numbers today. Which is why we can’t breathe.

“In spite of these overwhelming odds, black people rose to political power between 1865 and 1875.  In South Carolina, the first reconstruction legislature had 84 blacks and 73 whites.  In the thirty years that followed Emancipation, South Carolina sent eight black congressmen to the House.  In the state of Mississippi, the first state legislature had 40 blacks and 75 whites.  Mississippi sent two black men to the United States Senate and one to the House.  Louisiana’s first reconstruction legislature had 49 blacks and 88 whites.  Three of Louisiana’s lieutenant governors and one congressman were black, and one black was elected to the United States Senate.  The first reconstruction legislature in Florida had 19 blacks and 57 whites.  The secretary of the state was black, the superintendent of education was black, and so was one congressman.  In the state of North Carolina, the first legislature had 19 blacks and 135 whites; four congressmen during reconstruction went to Washington from North Carolina.  Alabama had 26 blacks and 58 whites in the state legislature and three black congressmen.  Georgia had 32 blacks and 213 whites in their legislature and one black congressman.  Virginia had 27 blacks and 154 whites and one black congressman.”  

“Reconstruction: The Most Prolific Period in Black History”

VOTER SUPPRESSION (modern context)

Gerrymandering in Georgia: The manipulation of an electoral constituency’s boundaries so as to favor one party or class. Gerrymandering is the act of drawing congressional, state legislative or other political boundaries to favor a political party or one particular candidate for elected office. Gerrymandering often leads to disproportionate politicians from one party being elected to office. And it creates districts of voters who are socioeconomically, racially or politically alike so that members of Congress are safe from potential challengers and, as a result, have little reason to compromise with their colleagues from the other party.

Stacy Abrams (Black Dem) ran for Gov. of Georgia against Brian Kemp. Kemp,  had been the Secretary of State for Georgia making him in charge of elections.  He did not step down from his position as secretary of state giving him the ability to control the election process. Some 32% of Georgians are Black.  Kemp, began using voter suppression to inhibit the Black vote. In Georgia 70% of Black voters had their registrations suspended because of gov. errors with names on drivers licenses etc… Instead of courting the Black vote they suppressed it and Stacy Abrams lost the election.


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