93. Genesis of Race

          My well meaning California friends can’t understand why white supremacists actually believe what they believe. I have no problem understanding, because I grew up in the culture, or at least a watered down version of the culture. Maybe this will help them to see.
          As I’ve said before, don’t shoot the messenger. I’m just telling how it was. SL

I can’t tell you what it was like to be black in the fifties. I wasn’t there, and it isn’t my story to tell, anyway. I can tell you how Christian whites on the edge of the south justified their beliefs in white supremacy. I was there. Happily, I escaped.

First of all, the people I’m talking about also believed that God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. Why? Because it’s in the Bible.

“God said it, I believe it, and that’s the end of it!”

These people also believed in the Flood. They didn’t enjoy knowing that God had killed off tens of thousands of people and millions of animals in the Flood, but they belived it.

My father believed all of the above, and believed that the separation of the races and the inferior position of blacks was God’s plan. I don’t think he was very comfortable with his understanding of race, but he wasn’t about to argue with God, just as he never yelled at God for drowning all those animals during the Flood.

The Flood, in fact, was where race began, since Adam and Eve were clearly both white. Here is the story of what happened, as told in Genesis. (King James version, of course. Chapter and verse given.)

{9:18} And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.

{9:19} These [are] the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.

{9:20} And Noah began [to be] an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:

{9:21} And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

{9:22} And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.

{9:23} And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid [it] upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces [were] backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.

{9:24} And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.

{9:25} And he said, Cursed [be] Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

{9:26} And he said, Blessed [be] the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

{9:27} God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

That’s what it says. Here is how it was interpreted. Shem was the father of the white race. Jepheth was the father of the yellow race, including the Jews. Ham was the father of the black race. Ham came upon his father when he was naked and laughed at him. (I know, it doesn’t actually say that, but that was the belief.) Then Noah cursed Ham (after he sobered up) so that he and his children would always be subservient to the other races.

It was not necesary to feel guilty because blacks were in inferior positions. God did it through his prophet Noah. A man could say, “Don’t bother me about it; I don’t tell God what to do.”

Of course, the question we might ask today is: how many men believed in black inferiority reluctantly, out of  Christian faith, and how many used a qestionable interpretation to further their own ends. We will never have the answer to that question.

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4 thoughts on “93. Genesis of Race

  1. charcamolson

    1) exceedingly questionable interpretation 2) bad theology. Prophetic destiny is NOT license to bring about the prophecy if the means of bringing it about is sin. 3) Sin. “Love your neighbor AS YOURSELF.” “the wages of the workers in the fields that you have kept from them by injustice cry out against you” “he who takes another man by force and makes him a slave, and any many found with that man in his possession, shall be put to death” “I have come to set the captives free”

    I took a class on Mark Twain recently and had to struggle intensely with the Christianity of the Southern U.S. at that time.

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      1. charcamolson

        I’m always reading to better understand, or defend, my faith. Here is the best article I have yet encountered attempting to describe the unified stance of scripture on slavery. While I put it here as a defense of Christianity, you might just find it interesting from an anthropological sense, as the author goes into great detail about which laws did what, who they would have applied to in the times of the ancient Israelites, and so on. If this comes off as hassling, I apologize, as that is not my desire. http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=6&article=1587

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      2. sydlogsdon Post author

        I apologize for the slow response. Your comment did not pop up in my e-mail, as comments normally do. I only found it while checking out the comments section of my website, during routine maintenance. I am never offended by anyone’s genuine religious or irreligious faith and I thank you for the article. Syd Logsdon

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