The execution of Troy Davis has sent shockwaves throughout the nation, and has caused worldwide protests in America and Europe. Mr. Davis’ execution is a heartbreaking reminder that injustice, hatred and discrimination prevails, and is spreading like an uncontrollable wildfire that is taking the lives of innocent victims around the world.
Even though Troy Davis is no longer among us, this unjust execution should be indelibly etched upon the soul and conscience of the world. We must never forget that there are thousands, even millions of innocent people like Troy Davis who are unfairly and inhumanly incarcerated and living under the same threat of death. My brothers and sisters, this will continue to happen until we rise up and demand a higher standard of justice and an even greater degree of legal accountability. We must ensure that Troy Davis did not die in vain. May his death be the spark that ignites us to challenge such reprehensible miscarriage of justice and demand that America lives up to the true ideals of freedom, justice and liberty for all; the very same ideals upon which it was originally created!
Internationally renowned author, columnist and Civil Rights leader Terry Angel Mason has penned an inspiring, timely poem, titled “I Am Truth,” as a response to the global outcry of Troy Davis’ execution. The gripping poem honors Davis and victims around the world who lost their lives due to violence and hatred. Please review the poem, which is included in the body of this correspondence. We encourage you and we exhort to publish this poem in your publication because we have no doubt that your readers will be moved, touched and inspired by its message.
“I Am Truth” is a powerful poem that chronicles the past and present civil rights struggles of African Americans. African Americans (both heterosexuals and same-gender-loving people) are dying needlessly due to violent hate crimes and injustice.
As you know, President Obama recently spoke out about the rising violence against same-gender-loving people on two separate occasions because hate crimes against same-gender-loving people are spiraling out of control all over the world. In one of his recent speeches, the president declared, “We must stop waiting for a hero to come and become the hero and save ourselves.”
Angel Mason is a hero to millions, and works tirelessly to combat hate, injustice and violence across America. His mission is to save the lives of innocent people around the globe. We look forward to working with you to help make that dream a reality. Thank you in advance for your support and for adding your editorial voice and influence to right a horrific wrong and save the lives of multitudes by sharing Angel’s compelling message of equality, love and hope with your readers.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF TROY DAVIS – I AM TRUTH! by Internationally Acclaimed Author and Intl. Columnist – Terry Angel Mason
I AM TRUTH!You know… the one you lock out of your heart and out of your mind when you prefer to walk in darkness.
I am the one that liberates men from fear, deception, false perceptions, dishonesty, and unethical practices so that they may truly see and experience wholeness and abundance.
You know me well, so don’t try to deny who I am and what I am by acting like you are unfamiliar with me when you are around your friends.
I was the one that you locked away for decades so that you could ease your guilty conscience when you enslaved innocent Africans for hundreds of years.
Now, Now, Now! Let’s keep it real! You know that as long as you could rape the women of Africa and exploit the Mother Land’s male children to work your farms, pick your cotton, and provide the physical labor to build your financial portfolios and institutions, that you would have imprisoned me forever if you could have gotten away with it.
I am the one you blindfolded and handcuffed so you could kill Emmett Till in Mississippi and those four innocent Black children in Birmingham, Alabama, by bombing Negro churches during the Civil Rights Movement because you wanted to feel superior to the disenfranchised and the poor and maybe even wipe out their existence from the Earth.
And if the truth be told, I was the one that you nailed to a cross over 2,000 years ago on Calvary’s hill because my cutting-edge message was so radical, it made you see that your man made rituals, ceremonies, and legalistic practices were not the way to eternal life and had absolutely no redeeming value!
Dismissing me from your mind made it easy for you to kill prophets, assassinate Presidents and Civil Rights leaders, persecute countless races and steal their land, assets, and women because of your endless need to fulfill your greed and fleshly desires.
I am the one that you shoved in the corner because your desire to hate and discriminate was so strong until if you had not eliminated and disempowered me, you could have never felt justified in murdering and raping gay youths like Damian Furtch, Larry Bland, David Kato, Jason Mattison Jr., George Lopez Mercado, Marcellus Andrews, Matthew Shepard and Lawrence King or feel good about falsely proclaiming yourselves as emissaries from Heaven, breathing out endless hate-filled slogans during Gay Pride Parades as you pompously held up signs saying, “God Hates Fags!”
I am the one Pastors had the ushers escort out of the church because he feared repercussions that would result in the losses of tithes and offerings had he dared tell the truth. Because had he stood up for me by telling his parishioners that no matter what we believe in the Bible or how we interpret the Bible, it does not ever give us the right to hate or follow the insane masses by condoning witch hunts and heinous hate crimes.
I tried to tell you how acquainted with love I am and how the two of us have known each other for millenniums, but you still try to discredit our relationship. Because to acknowledge it would mean that you would have to hear the voices of the children who are crying out and admitting today, “Yes, we are same-gender-loving people, but we just want a chance to love the person who is our true soul mate; a chance to possess the same rights that you enjoy. We just want a chance to experience the joy of celebration as our friends and families are gathered around us like they were at your weddings, as we celebrate our Covenant unions.”
Come, on now…don’t act like you don’t know me!
I know that it is painful to look at me with discerning eyes of clarity because you would rather see life through rose-colored glasses so you can continue to rob the unsuspecting masses in your corporate meetings, steal their stocks and bonds, avoid the payment of taxes that you owe, and initiate hostile business takeovers so you can continue to lavish yourselves with materials things that eventually the righteous shall possess in the end because of your unethical practices.
I am the one you hid away from your conscience and locked in a closet so your God-given attributes of kindness, compassion, equity, and love for all humanity could never express themselves in the dawn of any new day.
Isn’t it funny?! I was around before your mother ever conceived you, but you think that because you have a college education and a piece of paper in your hand that you call a degree and you can quote a few memorized scriptures, that you know more than me. How foolish! How arrogant! How unwise!
Even though I possess more power than you do and I have existed longer than you could ever imagine, I refuse to make you listen to me by overriding your will or God-given right to choose, even though your only intent is to deceive, humiliate, kill, steal, and destroy the innocent lives of others.
But know this! In the end, you shall not prevail because I am going to be present at your Eternal Hearing, and I am going to reveal every lie you told, every evil scheme you thought of, every life you stole, every career you ruined by character assignation, every fear you fertilized because it benefited your evil cause, every false doctrine, and Biblical principle and concept that you distorted to discriminate and marginalize so that you could keep people from possessing what is rightfully theirs.
And the very ones you robbed, exploited, stole from, told would never gain entrance into Heaven, hated, falsely accused and executed by lethal injection (like Troy Davis), and authored bills to deny them of their Civil rights will be in that same courtroom as justice prevails.
So go on…do your thing because it won’t change who I am. It won’t change my complexion. It won’t change my mission. It won’t distort my vision. It won’t lesson my power, and it won’t wipe out my existence because in the end, there is only one voice that will be heard above all other voices throughout eternity and that voice is mine.For I AM TRUTH!
Without question, Angel Mason is an extraordinary poet who eloquently expands and redefines the traditional idea of the love poem in creative and ingenious ways. Mason’s literary compositions have consistently earned him numerous literary nominations; while at the same time, gaining a place of reverence in the hearts and minds of thousands of readers — both men and women worldwide. His electrifying writings are destined to make him one of the foremost voices of the African-American experience. We have no doubt that the artistry and enduring vision that Mason demonstrates in his compelling books will inspire a revolutionary awakening world-wide; and continue to influence our culture, reshape our thinking, and touch our hearts and lives for decades!
Terry Angel Mason is an internationally renowned author, columnist, keynote speaker, poet, singer, songwriter, minister, and Civil Rights activist who currently resides is Southern California. He is the author of three popular titles, Love Won’t Let Me Be Silent, They Say That I am Broken, and The Dream Keeper, set to be released in 2012. A revered leader and global change agent, Terry Angel Mason’s mission is to inspire, educate and empower millions around the world, and promote love and acceptance for all people. A highly sought after author and activist, Mason has been featured in (Lee Bailey’s) eurweb.com, The East County Magazine, Five (5) Magazine, Whosoever Magazine, SGL Weekly Magazine, Outword Magazine, The NBJC Newsletter, The Advocate, Frontier Magazine, Broadway World, The Windy City Times Newspaper, New Pittsburgh Courier, New England Informer, Our Weekly Magazine, Out Impact, The San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, The San Diego Gay and Lesbian Times, The San Diego Union Tribune, ME Magazine, POZ Magazine, The New Civil Rights Online Magazine, A&U Magazine, Religious Tolerance, Marriage Equality International, Homorazzi, BN&S News Commentary, Real Health Magazine, Q Magazine, MSNBC News Vine, ILGA, Out Military Online Magazine, Proud Parenting Web Magazine, Fuse Magazine, Echelon Magazine, The Bay Area Reporter, Connextions Magazine, and in many other publications.