Mothers without Custody World – Sometimes I feel Like a Motherless Child by Robin Karr – “The family court judges (and cohorts) who separate children from their mothers for profit have black hearts. Frankly, that’s a level of evil my mind cannot comprehend.”http://motherswithoutcustodyworld.com/sometimes_i_feel_like…
There’s an old spiritual called “Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child”.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXg9UFUXFXU
A very painful history gave rise to this spiritual. On the one hand, it could apply to the slave who had been torn from his/her motherland of Africa and was now far from home. On the other hand, it could refer to the devastation of a child torn from his/her parents and sold away in the slave auctions.
Consider this testimony from escaped slave Harriet Jacobs “One of these sale days, I saw a mother and seven children on the auction block. She knew that some of them would be taken from her, but they took all. The children were sold to a slave trader, and their mother was bought by another man in her own town. She begged the slave trader to tell here where he intended to take them. This he refused to do for he would sell them one by one whenever he could command the highest price.
“I met that mother on the street and her wild haggard face lives today in my mind. She wrung her hands in anguish and exclaimed, “Gone! All Gone! Why don’t God kill me?” I had no words wherewith to comfort her. Instances of this kind are of daily, yea, of hourly occurrence.” (quoted in Wade in the Water).
The mournful cry of this spiritual is not just a song – not just a tune to entertain or pass the time. It is a sigh from the heart – an exhaling of the soul giving expression to the deepest grief a mother or child can know. And the grief is not just over the separation, but also over the fact that it was inflicted by someone who knew no pity – someone who disregarded the pain they heard of no account.
As I read Harriet Jacob’s account of what she witnessed, I couldn’t help but think of all the children who are being auctioned off daily through the family court system. There truly are no words to comfort the mothers of those ‘motherless’ children. Indeed, the separation of mother and child brings about the deepest grief either of them can ever know. Jacobs recounts the mother crying out “Why don’t God kill me?” That’s a good question… The pain and agony a mother endures when she is separated from her child is unbearable. I’ve often said that when you take a mother’s child from her, you have killed that mother.
I agree with Jacobs that the grief is not just over the separation of mother and child, but also over the fact that it was inflicted by someone who knew no pity. The family court judges (and cohorts) who separate children from their mothers for profit have black hearts. Frankly, that’s a level of evil my mind cannot comprehend.
Wade in the water. Wade in the water, children. Wade in the water.
God’s gonna trouble the water
*Robin Karr is co-author of “The Motherless Project”http://www.amazon.com/Motherless-Child-…/…/ref=sr_1_1_twi_2…
Posted by Coral Anika Theill
Author, Advocate, Speaker & Reporter
Memoir: Bonshea Making Light of the Dark
Website: www .coralanikatheill.com
“I have spent long hours trying to make some sense of my life and have come to the conclusion that when horror overcomes us the only response possible is to remember what happened and tell the story.” – Coral Anika Theill, Bonshea Making Light of the Dark
A startling memoir of one woman escaping an abusive marriage and oppressive religious cults and trying to find “justice” in a failed system. Anyone concerned with issues of abuse and injustice in America should read this book.
“The price for my own safety and freedom in 1996 was an imposed, unnatural and unwanted separation from my eight children. The injustice committed against me is not just the physical separation from my children, but the willful desecration of the mother-child relationship and bond, a sacred spiritual and emotional entity.
“Many mothers who seek safety from abuse are routinely prohibited from having even the most basic contact with their own children, not because they were unfit parents, but because they were outspent, out represented, and out-maneuvered in a court atmosphere not prepared to understand the needs of families dealing with domestic violence.
“Battered women may lose their babies and children, their homes, their friends and their livelihood.”
BONSHEÁ – Yaqui Indian – meaning ‘out of the darkness into the light’