“Make it Plain” (see Note #1) is part of the call and response patterns you may have heard in some African-American churches.  When the preacher was trying to break down a concept, somebody may have shouted “Make it plain”.  I like that because it encourages clarity, conciseness and directness which is what I hope to do with this blog.  It also reflects the African*/African-American tradition (see Note #2).  It provides the audience with an opportunity to actively participate in the experience which is another goal of this blog.

Note #1:  “Make It Plain” may have come from the bible initially.  In the book of Habakkuk in the Old Testament, he speaks directly with God about the perils of his community and his concern that God was letting some people get away with terrible things.  God encourages Habakkuk to write down the truth and “make it plain ” to his community that God would address all of these concerns in time.

Note #2:  When visiting Ghana in 2000 the group with whom I went had an audience with the Ashanti king.  He and his court engaged in a great deal of the call and response patterns we hear in many African-American churches.  So that experience, just as so many others, links back to Africa in a way in which some African-American scholars would refer to as a “survivalism,” a behavior we exhibit now which has direct links to our ancestry.

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