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Are Black People Cursed? By Cleo Dailey III (Modernday Lazurus)

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”- Psalm 139:14


Cleo Dailey, III (Modern-day Lazurus)Look at everything people go through: beatings, enslavement, police brutality…I mean, could it be true that the black man is cursed? If we only see through the hypocritical eye of propaganda, it may seem so. But before you hang your coat there, please allow me to give you further study into the matter. You see, all humans on Earth today are descended from Noah and his wife, his three sons and their wives, and before that from Adam and Eve (Genesis 1-11). But today we have many different groups, often called “races,” with what seem to be greatly differing features, most obviously, skin color. Some use this as a reason to doubt the Bible’s record of history. They believe that the various groups could have arisen only by evolving separately over tens of thousands of years. This does not follow from the biological evidence. Study to show yourselves approved and always research, because whomever has control of the mind has control of the body. Let’s break this down…

The belief that the skin color of black people is a result of a curse on Ham and his descendants is nowhere taught in the Bible. You cannot find it. Furthermore, it was not Ham who was cursed, but his son, Canaan (Genesis 9:18, 25, 10:6). Furthermore, Canaan’s descendants were probably brown-skinned (Genesis 10:15-19), not black. False teachings about Ham were used in times past to justify slavery and even racism altogether. Traditionally, it was believed that the African nations are largely Hamitic, because the Cushites (Cush was a son of Ham: Genesis 10:6) are thought to have lived where Ethiopia is today. Genesis suggests that the dispersion was probably along family lines, and it may be that Ham’s descendants were on average darker than, say, Japheth’s. However, it could just as easily have been the other way around. Rahab, mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1, was a Canaanite. A descendant of Ham, she must have married an Israelite. Since this was a union approved by God, it shows that the particular “race” she came from was not important. It mattered only that she trusted in the true God of Israel. Ruth, a Moabitess, also features in the genealogy of Christ. And she was a beautiful brown skinned woman.

What am I saying? We are a BEAUTIFUL people! We are the descendants of royalty and the most beloved of God. Black people are the most resilient, intelligent, soulful, talented beings on the face of the planet. We are the dreamers, the movers, and the shakers. Knowing this changes how you see yourself. Frederick Douglas once quoted George Santayana, who said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It is time to make sure that we close the marginal divide of propaganda, for as we know, “the truth shall make you free!”