Jourdan Ortiz first got free from the witch, then from the Hebrew Israelites.
When his parents got divorced, Mom was distraught and went to the witch “doctor.” Little Jourdan thought that the waiting room looked very similar to a regular medical office.
But when he went in the patient room, his stomach turned from a bitter smoke smell. His mom took off his shirt and rubbed oil on his body. Then the “doctor” blew cigar smoke on him. There was also a voodoo doll with a cigar in the corner.
The appointment had no effect on him, but his mom seemed adversely affected. She started losing her vision and hair.
One day, his mom seemed terror-stricken. “Promise me you won’t leave me,” she pleaded to her son, who was full of fear and incomprehension. He tried to calm and console her, but he had no idea what to do.
Another day, his mom was sitting at the edge of the bed looking angry and afraid. “Mom are you ok?” a scared Jourdan recounts on a YouTube video.
She responded in Spanish, but since he never learned his mom’s native language, he only caught “God” and “cross.”
He drew crosses in the dust of the TV set and in a foggy windowpane.
“What do you think that is going to do?” his mom asked. It wasn’t his mom speaking.
But Jourdan didn’t know what to do.
“Jourdan please help, please help me,” his mom pleaded.
Both mom and son were traumatized by the event.
Eventually, mom met and married a good man who cared for and loved them. He was part of the Hebrew Israelites, a group of blacks and other minorities who believe they are descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The movement is active in the jails and in the ghettos and helps people get out of drugs and gangbanging with a message that promotes obedience to the Old Testament.
Observers have described the group as black supremacist at its extremist fringe. Some members “believe that Jews are devilish impostors and … openly condemn whites as evil personified, deserving only death or slavery,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Happy to find some stability in his family and life, Jourdan naively joined the group all the way up to high school.
But then he got a retail job and met a girl. They started going out and eventually kissed, which was a grave infraction of Hebrew Israelite norms. Read the rest of the story about freedom from Hebrew Israelites.