The Back Door
'The Back Door'
I was inspired to paint 'The Back Door' by this quote from Dr. Carter G. Woodson.
“If you can control a man’s thinking, you don’t have to worry about his actions. If you can determine what a man thinks you do not have worry about what he will do. If you can make a man believe that he is inferior, you don’t have to compel him to seek an inferior status, he will do so without being told and if you can make a man believe that he is justly an outcast, you don’t have to order him to the back door, he will go to the back door on his own and if there is no back door, the very nature of the man will demand that you build one.”
Hopefully when you stand before this door and read it, you start to self examine. Making sure that the many years of slavery and the mentality of inferiority, self enslavement and fear no longer exist.
It makes a person question in all aspects of their life, "Am I going through the back door (colored entrance) in my life choices?"
You are free. Free to not only physically walk through the front door of others, but the freedom to build your own front door and walk through it as well.
'And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.'
9/30/2015 12:16:39 pm
My wife has told me that, statistically, African-American women have the highest self esteems in the U.S., then white men, then black men, then white women. My wife and 3 daughters serve as proof of this to me. i, on the other hand, have a little work to do. i mean, i'm not going through anyone's back door. But i have left some front doors un-approached that i should have entered. ....bad reasoning, i think.
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