I must begin by letting you know that I am going to go back and play “Jesus Walks” and pray for you when I finish writing you this letter. I have been praying for you for years given the few things that I am aware of that you have gone through in your life. In spite of those things, it appears that you have not learned PROVERBS 4:7 KJV “Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [therefore] get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
You came to the Gullah/Geechee Nation to the Holy City i.e. Charleston, SC on a holy day to act unholy during the 20th Anniversary celebration of our nation and the continuation of our cultural heritage. Instead of being well aware of that, your campaign team allowed you to disrespect one of our citizens who is also a celebrated artist that has painted you and the person in Washington DC that you seem to want to emulate. Mr. Ment Nelson asked you a clear question, “What about the Gullah/Geechee?” He spoke in English and not in Gullah to insure that you would be able to respond and provide your platform for our cultural community. If you were not aware of who we are, someone on your team should have been educated enough to IMMEDIATELY whisper information in your ear. Obviously, Jesus wasn’t walking with nor talking to you based on your outrageous reaction to something that you didn’t know about! How dare you have people remove this brother from the space? You were in our house!
I met with numerous US presidential candidates that were running because they chose to educate themselves about our unique culture community and to respect the protocols for our community. Your ignorance about us we could have excused if you were not attempting to obtain a space on a ballot. Many tourists arrive in the cities of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and are unaware of who we are, but they are usually wise enough to have someone educate them before they leave. Mr. Ment Nelson could have done this if you had done what you had the audacity to tell your audience to do at the beginning of this gathering which you held for media attention. It is obvious that you didn’t actually want anyone in what is called the South Carolina Lowcountry to take you seriously (if they were considering that in the first place) based on you throwing Brother Ment out of the building because he stood up like a proud Gullah/Geechee man should do and asked you a direct question. Your reaction was egregious and showed no respect for another Black man nor any manners at all. You have shown that you are out of touch with the calls for unity being fought for within the global Black community. This proves that you have no business attempting to enter an arena with world leaders.
Your behavior is completely unacceptable! As the elected leader of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, I hold you and your team accountable for this and expect you to show that you actually have Jesus walking with you by issuing a public apology to not only to Mr. Ment Nelson, but to the entire Gullah/Geechee family! Hunnuh ain kno who webe den hunnuh shoulda yeddi frum we! Disya ain gwine down drylongso juss likka dah!