Black Senior Forced to Choose: Obama or Jesus.

I had an extraordinary telephone conservation with my 86 year old black dad, a lifelong Democrat and huge Obama fan. He called to ask me, “Is Obama anti-Christian?” Dad has been a Christian pastor for over 50 years. I said, “Dad, I have been telling you about Obama's anti-Christian policies for the past five years.” Dad replied, “And I have not been listening.”

Dad confessed that he simply could not bring himself to go against a black man in the White House. I felt dad was expressing the sentiments of many blacks of his era. I asked Dad to explain why he could not honestly assess our black president.

Dad became passionate. He said it was because of deep, deep scars he suffered at the hands of white people. Dad said, “I don't hate white people, but my scars run very deep; calling me a n***** and rubbing my head for luck.”

4063854125?profile=originalHe shared about the awful things he experienced while in the Merchant Marines around 1946. Dad and Jackson were the only blacks on the ship. Dad was a Quartermaster.

He said the crew was sea-weary, exhausted and emotionally spent after almost losing their ship in a storm. The crew was extremely excited and really looking forward to their much needed shore leave when they landed in St Petersburg Florida.

Upon their arrival, word came down that every crew member had shore leave except Marcus and Jackson. St Petersburg had a curfew for “coloreds”. Blacks could not be on the streets after dark.

Dad said he broke down in tears. Jackson was enraged and began cussing. He yelled at Dad for crying. “Marcus, knock it off!”

Word spread among the sailors that there were two coloreds on the base. The sailors were outraged by Dad and Jackson's presence on their base. On several occasions the two young black men had to be encircled by guards for protection.

Dad and Jackson took their chip which granted them a hair cut to the base barber shop. The barber said, “I ain't never cut a darky's hair and I ain't gonna start now! My razor just might slip and cut a darky's ear off.”

Jackson and Dad had to eat their meals in the mess hall alone after everyone else had eaten.

Another ship arrived at the base. When the crew of that ship heard about the two n****** on base, a mob of them stormed the building where Jackson and Dad were. The angry mob planned to lynch the two n******.

Chased by the mob, Dad and Jackson, assisted by shipmates, fled down back stairs to the office of the officer-in-charge who confronted the mob. “Now look here boys. I know you don't want these coloreds here. I don't want them here either. We told them people in New York not to send them down here, but they did it anyway. And by golly, we are gonna do right by them.” The mob dispersed.

Then, the officer had the nerve to instruct Dad and Jackson, “Now you boys leave them alone.”

On another occasion, Dad and his white buddy, Armstrong, had to catch a train to meet their ship in California. While waiting at the train station, an official approached Dad, “What are you doin' boy? Don't you know your place?” The official escorted Dad to the rundown horrible colored waiting room.

Enraged, Dad said he turned to Armstrong and said, “You white son of a b****!” Dad said he was not a curser and he knew it was not Armstrong's fault. He was just so humiliated and frustrated.

In the 1950s when Dad broke the color barrier to become a Baltimore City fire fighter, his humiliation continued. In the firehouse, Dad could not drink from the same coffee pot as the white firemen; separate eating utensils, sleeping area and bath room.

Dad said he could go on and on about racial injustices which have left him with deep scars.

Dad is not on the internet. He said, “My computer and I are not on speaking terms.”

I told Dad I was going to send him information in the mail confirming that Barrack Obama is anti-Christian.

For the first time, I felt emboldened to challenge Dad regarding this sensitive issue. I said, “Dad, once you know the truth about Obama, which loyalty will reign supreme? Will it be your loyalty to a fellow black man or your commitment to Jesus Christ.”

Dad chuckled and replied without hesitation, “It will be to Jesus Christ.”

Lloyd Marcus, Proud Unhyphenated American
Conservative Campaign Committee

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  • Mr Marcus, I would be grateful if you would apologize to your Dad for us Fellow Chistian Brothers & Sisters. I am so sorry that your Dad had to go through that type of unacceptable treatment, especially when he was serving our Country and his fellow servicemen.  I hope that your Dad will be able to forgive them men and even his superior officers. How shameful they are. I would be honored to shake your Dad's hand, give him a hug, and share a meal with him.  I just cannot understand the hatred that goes on in this Country. Please apologize toyour Dad for all the injustice's that he and his friend had to endure, and then turn around and put your life on the line for men like those who treated you so wrongly. You Sir, are the example of a Gentleman, a Christian, and a fine AMERICAN. Thank You Sir, for being an example for us all... A Man of Character, Integrity, Strength, and FAITH. Thank You LORD for Mr Marcus's Dad... Please continue LORD to blesss Mr. Marcus...

  • I've seen the same treatment with so called red necks. It's the same old pecking order game. I just ignore them and I can do it because I'm a christian and belong to the JUDGE of humanity. I've been insulted by a judge while trying to get justice... so this is nothing new to many people of all colors and ethnic groups.

  • Mr. Marcus, your story is like that of so many others and the sad fact is that they are true and much worse happened. I actually have met some that acted in that same manner and was disgusted and confused at the same time by how this could be. Please relay to your father that I for one would apologize to him for all the injustice that he suffered at the hands of those hateful ignorant people and praise him for his ability to refrain from hating, he shows more intelligence than those that tormented him so.

  • Let me say to Dad that I'm so sorry for the way he was treated.  I grew up in Alabama on a street that backed a street where Mamie and Ed lived, our black neighbors. They were wonderful to us children; we played with their children and ate at their table. We never knew there was racial unrest until we moved to another state and got a TV set and watched the news as it unfolded in Montgomery and Selma.  Once again, allow me to apologize for the behavior of some white people for their treatment of our brothers and sisters.

  • What a great story of your Father. He must have a tremendous strength of character and, more importantly, a tremendous faith and trust in our Lord Jesus! I can only pray that we have more people like your Dad setting the example for modern day faith and belief in our living God! Thanks again.

  • thank you Lloyd and tell your father that he had to live this kind abuse be cause of stupid people and I for one will say I am very sorry  that it happen

  • many black Pastors follow Obummer because of race which is bad news

  • It makes me mad and sad to realize how blacks and the native Americans were treated I honor how they endured everything they were subjected to. Great post Lloyd. I am sure your dad will change his mind when he sees the truth. BTW there is only one race... human... everything else are categories. Keep up the fight!

  • If a person holds true to the lord he will come .the Azusa street revival that shook the world most people do not know was because of one little old African American woman  pushing past the pain of the past and seeking the Lord with her whole heart. and i have seen this type of move myself when people put God first

    Years ago i saw it happenit was at a little one room church .The evening service was over and people were getting ready to go home .
    Most of the people were still visiting with each other ,a few had already left for their cars

    just a normal service noting out of the ordinary , noting planed ,

    and out of the corner of my eye i saw him , A young man made his way quietly to the front to the corner of the alter.
    no one really paid to much attention, and he never asked for anything. it was not uncommon for people to just go up and pray ,

    but this time it was very different.

    as the young man knelt there he started to cry out to the lord , but it was not his voice that brought a hush over the church but the Spirit .
    for he was poring his heart out to the Lord . just him and Jesus but the Spirit came

    and you could feel it sweeping over the church like a wave .

    one by one people started dropping to their knees right where they were . each crying out to the Lord.
    there are no words to explain what was happening as the tears started flowing just an overwhelming awe of the presence of the Lord ,

    it was like wave after wave of a cleansing love and his anointing . that was all consuming , within minuets everyone in the church was on the floor crying out to the Lord and his presence washed over everyone there.

    A brokenness where people were getting real with the Lord, and he was changing their lives
    it lasted late into the night and it was something i have never forgot

    like i said it was not planed it was not orchestrated by man
    just one person that got real before God and the Spirit of God shook that place .

    God is calling for his people to get real before him and if they will he will shake the land

  • Great article Mr. Marcus. Your dad has my admiration for what he and other blacks had to endure.

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