After much thought, consideration and meditation on the subject of borders, I’ve come to the conclusion that borders and names are mere head games– tools of the powerful throughout human history.
Have you given much thought to borders? Have you ever wondered why a place bears a particular name? Has it occurred to you that God did not create borders? God created cliffs and beautiful coastlines along oceans, lakes and rivers. He created open planes, mountain ranges, and desserts. God created rainforests and jungles, but He did not create borders– man did.
Borders give rise to nations, empires, and kingdoms, along with the kings and queens who rule them. Borders give birth to states and the governors who rule them, cities and the governments that rule them. Borders give rise to politics and war. God did not create nations, empires, and kingdoms– man did.
God did not create Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island. God did not create Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Charlotte, Valdosta, Boston, Cleveland, New Orleans, Memphis, Houston, Oakland, Richmond, Waycross, Jacksonville, Biloxi, or Birmingham. God did not create the Northside or the Southside… He did not create “the hood” — man did.
God did not create the borders of any of your fifty united states which make America, nor did He create the Canadian border to the north or the Mexican border to the south. Man created the borders of Alabama (Alabama tribe), Alaska (Aleut tribe), Arizona (Arizonac), Arkansas (Acansa), California, Colorado, Connecticut (Quinnitukqut – Mohegan tribe), Delaware, Florida, Georgia (after King George II), Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois (Illini tribe), Indiana, Iowa (Ioway), Kansas (Kansa tribe), Kentucky (Iroquois), Louisiana (after King Louis XVI of France), Maine, Maryland (after Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of King Charles I of England), Massachusetts, Michigan (Potawatomi and Ojibwe tribes), Minnesota (Dakota Sioux tribe), Mississippi (Misiziibi- Ojibwe tribe), Missouri (Missouria tribe), Montana, Nebraska (Omaha-Ponca tribe), Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico (Aztec tribe), New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio (Seneca tribe), Oklahoma (Choctaw tribe), Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota (Dakota Sioux tribe), Tennessee (Cherokee tribe), Texas (Caddo tribe), Utah (Ute tribe), Vermont, Virginia (after Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen of England), Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin (Ojibwe tribe), and Wyoming (Lenape tribe).
To highlight points of interest, I placed in parenthesis the names of native American tribes or historical figures which gave birth to the name of a state, a state which had previously been a region or territory, home to its indigenous population. More of a strange or twisted point of irony is the penchant for settlers, French, Spanish, English, to name a state for the very people they dislodged or slaughtered in order to occupy the land, this for the sake of and in the name of expansion.
God did not create the nations of Africa as we know them today– man did. In the year 1885, German Chancellor, Otto Von Bismarck, understanding the value and strategic importance of borders invited Austria-Hungary, Belgium, Denmark, France, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden-Norway, United Kingdom, United States, and Turkey (the Ottoman Empire) to participate in the Berlin Conference, which was convened to divide the African continent amongst themselves by establishing borders. The effects of which are felt to this day. Suffice it to say, God did not create Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Algeria, Sudan, Morocco, Angola, Mozambique, Ghana, Madagascar, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Zambia, Senegal, Chad, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Rwanda, Benin, Burundi, Tunisia, South Sudan, Togo, Sierra Leone, Libya, Congo, Liberia, Central African Republic, Mauritania, Eritrea, Namibia, Gambia, Botswana, Gabon, Lesotho, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mauritius, Eswatini, Djibouti, Comoros, Cabo Verde, Sao Tome & Principe– man did.
One intended consequence of borders is that, like walls, they divide and separate, rather than unite. Then comes the psychological undoing by the power of the name change. Great Britain binds the subjects of a new territory to the Crown subconsciously with names such as New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New England. An entire hemisphere is Christianized by names such as St. Augustine, San Francisco, San Antonio, San Jose, San Diego, St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. Lucia, Santo Domingo. Africa, America, Iraq, Iran, England, France, Germany and Russia, among others, were all subjected to name changes. As a result, the true origin of the region and its indigenous people are concealed and forgotten. Do Persia, Mesopotamia, and Babylon appear in the Bible? Where are they today?
I took the time to list the names of 50 U.S. states and 50 nations of Africa not for the word count, but to highlight the unmitigated arrogance of the supremacist mind in undoing God’s design… only to insert his own. I listed 100+ names and places to introduce to some and remind others of what we never knew or have forgotten, given our Eurocentric educational processing. If asked, could you list all 50 states of the United States of America? More importantly, as so-called African Americans, if asked, how many names of African nations can we site? My intended point and purpose are not recitation and memorization, but the realization of subliminal messaging in common everyday life– TV commercials, TV programs, movies, the news, and politics.
That’s what’s on my mind!