The Question of Redemption

The Question of Redemption

#Realtalk: I was going to see the movie regardless because the movie is NOT about Nate Parker. The movie was made by a TEAM of people. It speaks to a COMMUNITY of people whose narrative needs to be re-told. I might even see it twice 🙂

With that said: I have been reading lots of opinion articles and comments about the Nate Parker Rape “Allegations”. But what struck me most was THIS interview shared with me last week (I have read more than once.) But The Ebony Magazine’s interview By Britni Danielle is one of a man who has sought redemption through his actions, even when he wasn’t sure what he did wrong. He has grown and still seeks to raise himself up. I admire what he said, how he said it and I look forward to his advocacy.

Sometimes you are placed on the most unlikely pulpit:

Director, writer, and actor Nate Parker poses for a portrait to promote the film, "The Birth of a Nation", at the Toyota Mirai Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Director, writer, and actor Nate Parker poses for a portrait to promote the film, “The Birth of a Nation”, at the Toyota Mirai Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

**A former gang member volunteering to keep kids out of gangs.
**A former sex worker working to save girls from that life.

Even “IF” he is guilty that is more a reason to hear his voice.
And it begs the question?
“Is there a such thing as Redemption?”
“What does it take to be forgiven?”

I ask these question because I see so many people damning him to hell. If one bad decision condemned us, we are all condemned to hell. If we can not compensate for shortcoming with our good deeds then we shall never attain salvation.

I am NOT a “rapist sympathiser”. (Yes I was called that in an anonymous post – the ones posted after your commented but the person doesn’t say your name 🙂 )

I am a realist. I am a sinner. I have shortcomings. I am the mother of black men, the wife and sister of black men. And they have all screwed up at some point in their lives. Guilty of various acts of cultural and legal transgression. From stealing gum to being accused of Murder. And I have had a lot of personal struggle with the questions of forgiveness, redemption and unconditional love.

As Gabrielle Union said in her open letter – Not even after reading the 700 page trial transcript is it clear if it was rape or not. and no one but the two of them know the truth of what happen –

But again. I say, hats off to you Nate Parker. I look forward to watching your journey.