“If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.” – Harriet Tubman
I went to see the Focus Features film “Harriet” a biopic about the life of Harriet Tubman (played by Cynthia Erivo). Harriet was born and grew up as a slave in Dorchester County, Maryland. Marry Pattison Brodess was the woman who originally owned Harriet Tubman and her parents, Ben Ross and Harriet Green.
Harriet escaped from the Brodess plantation in 1849 by travelling 100 miles on foot to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she found freedom.
In her passion for God and freedom, Harriet became the most well known “conductor” in the underground railroad that helped black slaves escape from their plantations. Harriet is credited with freeing 1,000 slaves. Here is the trailer:
Fast forward 170 years from 1849 to 2019
What struck me while watching the story of Harriet Tubman was that this year another black has left a plantation that exists today. Just as Harriet did not want to be told what to do, did not want to have anyone tell her what she can and cannot do, so to is there another who is following in Harriet’s footsteps. His name is Kayne West.
Kayne West is one of the most influential black rappers in the 21st century. He lived a rapper’s life, trapped in a plantation of his own making. In 2019 Kayne West became a born again Christian and produced a hit new album “Jesus is King.”
In the film Harriet repeatedly says God, and His Son Jesus, is what leads her to do the extraordinary things that she did.
Leaving The New Plantation
Kayne, much like Harriet, has left the plantation of victimhood and race. He now embraces the word of God and those Christian values that make all men equal in His eyes.
Kayne West understands that it was Abraham Lincoln and the Republican Party that won the Civil war, which freed the slaves. Now it is time to help free the slaves from the political plantations of victimhood and race. As Harriet Tubman said it’s time to “free my people.” While Harriet freed nearly 1,000 slaves, Kayne West has the power to free a million slaves from victimhood. As Harriet Tubman said,
I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.
According to the film the last words Harriet Tubman said, as she was dying of pneumonia, were from the book of Mathew, “I go away to prepare a place for you, and where I am ye may be also.”
RELATED VIDEO: Kayne West singing “Jesus is King.”