Liberation – What We Deserve



It has been some time since I have written something on my blog.  I have been praying for the right words to express what I have been feeling for some time.  When I look at the state of the African American community, I am convinced that if we are to survive and pull out of our many dilemmas, we must look higher more than ever.

When I read the story of the Autobiography of Malcolm X, many years ago, I was moved by what happened to his family when his father was killed.  His father was beaten very badly and then he was laid across the railroad tracks.  He was murdered.  His father, however, had made arrangements for his family in case of his death, by way of two insurance policies, a small one and much larger insurance policy.  Malcolm’s mother put forth her claim to both insurance companies after her husband’s death.  The smaller policy paid out with no problems.  However, the much larger policy refused to honor her claim stating that her husband committed suicide.  They therefore, did not have to pay the claim.  His mother had no way to challenge the insurance company. Without the larger policy settlement, the family became impoverished.

Malcolm’s desire was to become an attorney.  He, however, was discouraged by his teacher who felt he should pursue a menial position, because of his race.  This wounded Malcolm deeply.  This along with his father’s murder and his family’s impoverishment played a negative role in helping to create his early life style.

We have had the privilege to enjoy him, as a self-educated, disciplined and committed orator.  Just think of what he could have done as an attorney!  His early lifestyle negated this because of him going to prison and the felonies on his record.  Think of what might have happened if the larger insurance policy had been paid to his family as was rightly due them.  Malcolm may have, in spite of the teacher, become the attorney he wanted to be and fulfill his purpose in life.    As African Americans, I know that we have made some strides forward in our desire for true liberation; however, this is what I consider OUR smaller policy.  It is my firm belief that there is a much bigger policy that we should pursue in order to realize the God-given liberation that we deserve.


Lucy Payne


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