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5 Reasons Race Still Matters in Religion

curse of hamThe Curse of Ham

The Curse of Ham is the biblical story where Noah’s son, Ham, finds his father drunk and naked. He tells his brothers, Shem and Japheth, who proceed to cover their father without looking at him. The concept is misnamed because when Noah finds out what happened, he doesn’t actually curse Ham. Instead he curses Ham’s son, Canaan, saying he shall be ”a servant of servants.”

The Bible does not explicitly identify Ham as Black. However, some religious scholars interpret the references to Ham’s sons, Cush (Ethiopia), Mizraim (Egypt), Phut (Somalia) and Canaan (Phoenicia) to mean he was the father of Black people.

In later centuries, the narrative was interpreted by many Jews, Christians and Muslims as a curse of, and an explanation for, “black” skin and a religious justification for enslaving Black people during both the Arab and Trans-Atlantic slave trades.

Benjamin Braude, professor of history at Boston College, writes in his 2003 publication Collective Degradation: Slavery and the Construction of Race:

 “In 18th and 19th century Euro-America, Genesis 9:18-27 became the curse of Ham, a foundation myth for collective degradation, conventionally trotted out as God’s reason for condemning generations of dark-skinned peoples from Africa to slavery.”

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16 thoughts on “5 Reasons Race Still Matters in Religion

  1. Nena Cox says:


  2. Djehuti Alwin Sankofa says:

    Niggaz are going to run from this. Black people will embrace it and study it to see if its true. Remember whites created Niggaz aka a broken African. If you do not have a African religion or value system then your still a product of slavery.

  3. Djehuti Alwin Sankofa says:

    The ancient Hindus did not have a racist cast system until the invasion of the Persians and other so called Arabs. Just like Islam did with Africans making them slaves and less of a person the same was done to the Indians in India *who are also black*.

  4. Karl Makinda says:

    Even so, when Black people voice there displeasure, a hordes of so-called liberal Whites assert that Blacks are to sensitive. Blacks should not feel offended when attacked racially; they should pity their tormentors and assist them in getting treatment for the mental disorder. Yes, racism is a mental condition, which sometimes causes some sufferers to become very irrational and violent.

  5. Sundiata Keita says:

    my religion is black nationalism. im looking for black brothers that are trying to come together for physical defense first, and economics second.
    now you can be as religious as you want, but when it comes down to busting these crackahs upside the head, i need your religion to be "all black everythang."
    hit me up

  6. Tedd DiBiase says:

    Look up Ham in the bible dictionary it will say father of the dark races butNOT THE NEGROS

  7. if blacks pulled themselves up and became rich and industrious like the chinese they will get respect and regard

  8. Tedd DiBiase Whatever. Blacks and whites need to understand, superior black folks were on the planet over a hundred thousand years before this johnny come lately Ham story. We had black, brown skin, and kinky hair. They need to come up with another lie that is more believable. We don't believe that lie. Actually that lie was created to hold Afurakan people in slavery. Unbelievable.

  9. Evadne Smith says:

    That is so false, Jesus blood wash away that looong.time. We are cleanse with
    His blood.

  10. At that time also there appeared a certain man of magic power … if it be meet to call him a man, [whose name is Jesus], whom [certain] Greeks call a son of [a] God, but his disciples [call] the true prophet who is supposed to have raised dead persons and to have cured all diseases. Both his nature and his form were human, for he was a man of simple appearance, mature age, black-skinned (melagchrous), short growth, three cubits tall, hunchbacked, prognathous (lit. ‘with a long face [macroprosopos]), a long nose, eyebrows meeting above the nose, that the spectators could take fright, with scanty [curly] hair, but having a line in the middle of the head after the fashion of the Nazaraeans, with an undeveloped beard. (*Halōsis, ii.174).”
    Robert Eisler, The Messiah Jesus and John the Baptist: According to Flavius Josephus' recently rediscovered 'Capture of Jerusalem' and the other Jewish and Christian sources (London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1931)

    “Jesus (would have had) dark rather than light-colored eyes…in keeping with Jewish tradition, he was bearded as well…While most religious artists have put long hair on Christ, most biblical scholars believe that it was probably short with tight curls …

    From an analysis of skeletal remains, archaeologists had firmly established that the average build of a Semite male at the time of Jesus was 5 ft. 1 in., with an average weight of about 110 pounds. Since Jesus worked outside as a carpenter until he was about 30 years old…(his) face was probably weather-beaten, which would have made him appear older[22]…the (image) of the dark and swarthy Middle Eastern man emerges…he probably looked a great deal more like a dark-skinned Semite than westerners are used to seeing…”
    Mike Fillon, “The Real Face of Jesus: Advances in forensic science reveal the most famous face in history,” Popular Mechanics (December 2002): 70, 71.

    According to an oft-quoted hadith: “Ibn Umar narrated: the Prophet (s) said: “[During my Ascension to Heaven] I
    saw Moses, Jesus, and Abraham. Jesus was white-skinned (aÈmar), curly haired with a broad chest; Moses was blackskinned (§dam), straight-haired and tall as if he was from the people of al-£uãã”: ‘aÈÊÈ BukharÊ, kit§b aȧdith
    al-anbiy§", # 648; Ibn Sa#d, Kib§b al-ãabaq§t al-kabÊr, I/ii,125 (=Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir, I/ii, 492). On
    this account it is popularly accepted that, while Moses was black-skinned, Jesus was white-skinned. However,
    another report insists that this is erroneous: “S§lim narrated from his father: ‘No, By Allah, the Prophet (s) did not
    say that Jesus was white-skinned but said: “While I was asleep circumambulating the Ka’ba (in my dream), suddenly
    I saw a black-skinned man (rajul §dam) with straight hair walking between two men, and water dripping from his
    head. I asked who he was, and the men said he is the Son of Mary (Jesus). Then I looked behind and saw a whiteskinned man (rajul aÈmar), fat, curly-haired and blind in the right eye which looked like a bulging grape. I asked
    whom he was and they said, ‘This is al-Dajj§l’.”’”: ‘aÈÊÈ BukharÊ, kit§b aȧdith al -anbiy§", # 650, 649. In other
    words, the white-skinned man seen in MuÈammad’s vision was not Jesus, who was seen as a black-skinned man, but
    al- Dajj§l. #AlÈQÀ<È &1 -HarawÈ (d. 1014/1605) in his commentary on al-TirmidhÈ’s famous al-Sham§"il alMuÈammadÊyah mentions a variant hadith according to which MuÈammad said regarding Jesus: “I saw a blackskinned man (rajul §dam), the best one can see among black-skinned men.” QÀ<È &1 -HarawÈ, Kit§b jam# alwas§"il fÊ sharÈ al-sham§"il (Istanbul: Maãba’at Shaykh Ya‘>À, 1874) 58.

    Most of these black gods were regarded as crucified saviors who died to save mankind by being nailed to a cross, or tied to a tree with arms outstretched as if on a cross, or slain violently in some other manner. Of these crucified saviors, the most prominent were Osiris and Horus of Egypt, Krishna of India, Mithra of Persia, Quetazlcoatl of Mexico, Adonis of Babylonia and Attis of Phrygia. Nearly all of these slain savior-gods have the following stories related about them: They are born of a virgin, on or near Dec. 25th (Christmas); their births are heralded by a star; they are born either in a cave or stable; they are slain, commonly by crucifixion; they descend into hell, and rise from the dead at the beginning of Spring (Easter), and finally ascend into heaven. The parallels between the legendary lives of these pagan messiahs and the life of Jesus Christ as recorded in the Bible are so similar that progressive Bible scholars now admit that stories of these heathen Christs have been woven into the life-story of Jesus. (These remarkable parallels are discussed and interpreted in a pamphlet, Christianity Before Christ, by John G. Jackson, New York, 1938.) 1

  11. Billy Madiba's Spirit Carr says:

    You may be out of your depth on this one.

  12. Evadne Smith says:

    It's really a mental condition.

  13. Evadne Smith says:

    It's really a mental condition.

  14. Karl Makinda says:

    Evadne Smith, it surely is, sister. If I hate or disliked you because of your body structure and desired to us that against you, I would need a serious obeah man or woman to give me some serious ''bush to drink, with lots of duppies clapping. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  15. This is why I'm atheist.Good article.

  16. me too and I grew up going to Church and Sunday School. I don't do good for people because I fear hell, I do it because it's right

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