I’ve often steered clear of the slavery topic as an adult. Especially in recent years with the resurgence of slavery movies. I watched enough of them in my youth to get it. I am in no way minimizing history, the experience, or its impacts. However, I often felt this resurgence was just another hidden way to revictimize people of color and reinforce ideas of oppression.
As an African America, I also felt like that wasn’t our only history. Slavery is a small drop in a bucket of history that should span back hundreds of thousands of years. In anticipation of my journeys to Africa and ancestry results, I am having to confront or at least make peace with slavery and the slave trade that took millions of African to other countries without their consent. When I hear other cultures speak of their entry into this country it was by choice. They left their birthplace in search of better opportunities and/or living conditions. I feel like part of the misunderstanding of the Africa experience in America is related to the residue of being taken without choice and being forced into an oppressive system where you are seen as inferior. Although slavery in America ended on paper in 1865, it’s remnants are far from erased from the memories of Africa descendants born into this country.
From a spiritual standpoint there are no mistakes and somewhere in the universe people of color chose their mission. If there is an all-knowing presence and each person is sent to earth with a mission and purpose, then those two have to be connected to the color of our skin at least on a spiritual level.
Fear and programming have kept masses of Africans in place in order to perpetuate the ultimate betrayal of mind, body, and spirit. This betrayal cannot be ignored and still takes place on a daily basis. There is a karmic impact created by all choices. Each party has its role and I am sure that the ultimate sacrifice of being oppressed must be leading somewhere. Although I never feel spiritually bound by theses ideas, its hard not to be impacted by the heaviness of what you see and hear in this realm. In all cultures there seems to be a sacrificial lamb. A part that endures more suffering at the expense of others. The various spiritual text I’ve read confirms this.
If the goal is to bring in more love, light and understanding then that can only be done after atrocities of humanity take place. I don’t think you can understand universal love without taking a peek at its opposition. Despite how it looks, in my spirit, I feel a shifting of the tides. This shift will be lead by love and compassion. I’m ready to make peace with the past and move toward an idea of oneness.
Love and Light.