Today we see trauma caused by power and greed

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Yesterday I thought about the fractured state of America and how it has been this way since the days of Christopher Columbus. Today we see trauma caused by power and greed. A Native American can certainly attest to trauma caused by power and greed. They were already here on this land when an advanced society came in with bigger weapons and took over.

Then came black slavery from Africa. It is believed the first African slaves arrived at Jamestown, Virginia in 1619. It took the American Civil War from 1861-1865 to end the practice of slavery.

Slavery may have officially come to an end in 1865, but racism is alive and well 155 years later.

C’mon now.

The knot in your daughter’s hair

It is all a big mess at this point. Brutality first against Native Americans, next African slavery that included brutality and now hate and racism lives and breathes on all sides. It is like combing your daughter’s hair and snagging a knot. It is almost easier to cut the knot off than to work it through.

Can we do that? Can we surgically remove all the ugliness that created the innovation, industry and technology that we have become so accustomed to that the idea of losing any of it sent us in droves to hoard toilet paper during the Corona outbreak.

It is fragile folks. Because of the human need to rush and finish first no matter who get hurts, we have built greatness on sand. Now in full view we see a broken society refusing to change.

Pictures speak a 1,000 words

I began chatting with a friend soon after thinking about American history. She was on the way to see her doctor, who is located near a large protest area in Virginia. She sent me pictures her daughter Brandi Stetson took Sunday at Monument Avenue. Brandi graciously gave me permission to use the photos.

These pictures bring us full circle, almost. We can never forget the Natives. They were the first victims of progress. We see more and more confederate statues and memorials removed and set in museums. For those with lineage to fighting soldiers this is hard to swallow. As in any war, a solider may not believe in the cause. Soldiers are also victims of someone else’s will. Progress hurts, and removing the monuments will hurt some.
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Protester during a George Floyd rally stand in front of a Confederate monument that has been hit with graffiti.

Can we just find our heart

Maybe this weekend we can all sit back and try to look at each other’s side. We cannot erase the past, but we can make a better future by remembering that God made every one of us. My favorite all-time quote is by Martin Luther King. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Can we just try this please? Today we see trauma caused by power and greed. Let us start looking at the character of a man, no matter where his is from. Your heart will be happier and so will his.


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Up close you can read the graffiti on this confederate monument