Paranormal Cracktivity

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By Robert Lilly | November 1, 2009

I just got finished watching the new sensation of horror movies for the year 2009: Paranormal Activity. It was the story of a couple who had been experiencing extremely unusual events while living together in the same home; although the girl had been actually enduring a long history of unexplainable happenings since she was 8 years old. The boyfriend decides to be proactive and to record their late night encounters with the odd phenomenon. The movie progresses from one weird scene to another with the exploits of this apparently evil spirit growing bolder and more violent. {{more}} At one point in the movie a ‘specialist’ in spirits is called in to assist them in understanding and perhaps ridding them of this unwelcome intruder in the couples lives. However, his expertise stopped short of being of any use. The couple is forced to cope with only a camera and a microphone to record the strange goings on. I was not particularly impressed with this movie but as I was leaving the theatre it dawned on me what I had just watched- a metaphor for the reality of crack in our American communities and the ravages of its aftermath on the families that come in contact with its ‘evil’ spirit. I identify crack and its carriers as ‘evil’ spirits in the since that they have come to embody the characteristics identified in the Holy Bible about demon-possessed people. “When He came to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, two men who were demon-possessed met Him as they were coming out of the tombs. They were so extremely violent that no one could pass by that way” . In this text demon-possession is identified as that which produces violence. And those who had been taken over by the spirit of evil were prone to violence and because of such behaviors the entire community was hindered from progressing. I find this to be the predicament of our times. In all my years on the streets especially since 1984 when I first came into contact with the substance known as crack, I have seen our communities devolve further into darkness. Mothers give birth behind bars to children who come out addicted to the chemical. Fathers have forfeited their parental rights due to their exaggerated sentences where for too many years to count, crack was sentenced by a different punishment scale than cocaine powder. It is not my intent to promote the false beliefs that crack use and sales generate more violence than any other schedule I illegal substance. However, there is no denying, crack cocaine has done to the African American community what 300 years of slavery, 100 years of Jim Crow segregation and 50 years of White flight from our blighted inner-city residences. It has broken us at the foundation it has driven a stake through the heart of the black family and community. In my eyes those who use and distribute crack in our community are the equivalent of the ‘evil’ spirit in this latest Hollywood block buster. These ‘evil’ spirits are so blind to how they are affecting the quality of life of our children and elders. They are driven purely by the lust that they have for material satisfaction. They, like the demon in the movie thrive on ‘possessing’ the person’s physical body. In other words this ‘evil’ spirit thrives on the manipulation of the flesh, its distortion and ultimate torture are the ends it seeks. Yes, it desires the pen-ultimate attainment of the total annihilation of man’s spirit but it dares to pursue that end through its overcoming of the person’s personal will through the carnal nature of man. Have you ever been in a crack house? If you have not then you have not the slightest clue as to what demons are and what they can do. Demons are real but not as we would be inclined to accept, they are not merely immaterial mist that floats. Rather, these demons are right in front of us, hanging on the street corner. They are the ones in the streets shooting guns and generating fear within the hearts of our elderly neighbors. These demons are sometimes evident, but when they sit in high places it is even more difficult to detect. Crack dealers are a scourge to my people. And we must ban together to address their spread.