The Civil Writer Magazine

If there is a God of creation and salvation certainly there is a God of death. The God of death can see but not be seen. It can kill but not be killed. It can live for ever but not grant life for ever. It has no respecter of person because it has taken the life of a biblical God. It has many religions in the world for worship like Santa Muerte (Our Lady of the Holy Death) associated with healing, protection, financial wellbeing, and assurance of a path to the afterlife. Did African Americans choose the wrong religion that should help us to our final destinations in life than to end so tragically. Everything we seem to do is against our will to live.

I ask the question because African Americans who have shined on the world by many definitions seems to find this God of death or the God of death finds them. As Marvin Gaye said, "What's Going On". What's going on refers to the tragic deaths of our Black brothers and sisters of all persuasions over the years whose lights have shined so brightly for the joy of the world rather than the detriment of others. Yet those who have engrossed their work to the detriments of others seems to live on.

Were these careless lives, distracted by the pursuits, fame and fortunes of life. The answer is no. Like everyone they were in pursuit of happiness whether it was walking down a country road, flying in a plane, seeking physical or mental health or singing the Blues and rythms. Yet death reared its ugly powers and took those who were shining a bright light, lighting up happiness for others even if it was a parent, fan, race or the world. Death took many lives too soon and often tragically.