Geoffrey Berz

Slavery, Racism, & Our Violence Problem

Geoffrey Berz
Slavery, Racism, & Our Violence Problem


We have a violence problem as a nation.

The shootings in Dallas prompted me to express this frustration and anger about the current state of our nation, and it's horrific violence problem. 

Most of our nation's problems, this one especially, are deeply rooted in racism and race relations, and until we look at our history and collective identity for what it is, we will never be able to dig up the roots of our history, all our problems and begin to replant our roots.

Slavery, the disenfranchisement of African Americans, racism and more guns than any other nation continue to create a beast of violence and terror for which we are all wholly responsible.

Sure, better gun laws can help, police reformation too, but ignoring the FACT that our country was brought to prominence on the backs of slaves and the FACT that these individuals from the time they were “free,” have been systematically disenfranchised is AN UGLY TRUTH. This terrible reality, not the only one from our history, has ebbed and flowed in our consciousness as we have tried to make improvements, raise awareness, make laws, come together, heal and love ourselves and one another. 

A sad reality is that this work was started by those in the Civil Rights Movement and it is far from over.

Our struggle for justice and equality is far from over, and the systematic disenfranchisement of African Americans and others is an ugly reality that we need to face head on. Don't give me the "it was a long time ago," or "that is what the civil rights movement fixed," arguments. Don't give me the “we have a black president,” or “Oprah is the wealthiest woman,” or “everyone has the same opportunity of they work hard,” arguments. ALL OF THESE HAVE SERIOUSLY RACIST UNDERTONES EVEN IF THAT IS NOT SOMETHING YOU TRY NOT TO FEEL, AND DON'T BELIEVE. 

You may not understand this to be the case, and that is simply ignorance. If you try so very hard to lead a loving life and still believe in some of the above facades of equality; you need to humble yourself as something is blinding you to the truth. 

THESE TRUTHS MUST BE FELT FOR EMPATHY TO ENTER INTO OUR HEARTS. THEN AND ONLY THEN, WILL THE ROOTS OF LOVE WILL BE PLANTED IN OUR LIVES.