The Color of Slavery
Perspective on the News
Thursday, September 01, 2016
Have you ever wondered what color Adam and Eve were?
As a kid in rural North Carolina, I knew they were white. I mean really white. Talk about people of no color.
In grade school we would see the movies, Adam and Eve movies. Yes, they actually showed Biblical movies in the elementary schools. I would read Bible stories for children, and Adam and Eve were always white. I remember the pictures well, Adam and Eve, very white skinned with brown hair.
I never thought about that much as a kid and really did not think about it until I read the Bible at age 32. You just don’t think about things like that. You see the movies, you read the books, they were white. But were they? Were the depictions racist; and if so, was it intentional?
Though no one will ever know the color of the skin of Adam and Eve, it is unlikely they were white. All the people in that area of the world, for the most part, are olive skinned. This is the land of the Semite. So why did children’s books and videos not too many years back always portray Adam and Eve as white, their children as white, and even Jesus?
When I was younger I missed very few movies about Jesus. I look back now and remember the actors who played Jesus were always light-skinned and often had blue eyes.
I sometimes write about revisionist history and how Islam is rewriting history, but it seems we’ve been doing it for years.
In the late 50s and 60s in America, racial turmoil began to raise its head. The mistreatment of black folk was common in many areas of the country according to news reports; yet growing up in the South I hardly ever saw it in North Carolina. Isn’t that ironic? But kids don’t really notice that sort of thing.
The Democratic party at that time was the party of racism. They were the party of the Ku Klux Klan. They were the party that violently tried to prevent the integration of school systems. Remember Arkansas? Remember Alabama?
In the early 1960s legislation was introduced concerning the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, but both were rejected by Democrats and promoted by Republicans.
At this time in our history the United States had colored bathrooms and white bathrooms. There were water fountains for “colored people” and white people. White people rode at the front of the bus; black people rode at the back. In movie theaters of the day, black folk were required to sit in the balcony. In those days, black folk could not even sit down at a Woolworth’s lunch counter. As a child, these things were perplexing. Young children do not know prejudice.
With the help of the Republican Party and after Democrat filibusters to defeat the acts, these bills were passed. One would think with the passage of these bills that racism would have virtually disappeared by now, 50 years later. It has not. As a matter of fact, it seems to be getting worse. And the irony: 93% of African-Americans vote for the Democratic Party.
America would not be America today were it not for slavery, but slavery was not an invention of the white man and has occurred throughout history with people of every color skin. Slavery is in existence today from Africa to the Middle East to Indonesia, and many of God’s children live in slavery. Their skin color varies.
In Iraq, Syria and North Africa, Islamists are enslaving young women and children; at least the ones they are not beheading, burning, drowning or burying alive. Sex slavery is rampant, especially in Islamic countries.
God had a lot to say about slavery, starting in Genesis. This does not mean that God endorsed slavery, only that slavery was a reality. At that time in man’s history, slavery occurred in most known countries. It was the way it was.
“Then The Lord said to him, ‘Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there.’” Genesis 15:13 NIV
God was speaking to Abraham, who was called Abram at the time. He was letting Abraham know that the future for his descendents would not be rosy. Enslavement was to be the Hebrew future for 400 years, and it happened as predicted. For 400 years, the Hebrews, the future Jews, were enslaved by north Africans. Their release came about only through the intervention of God via Moses. After their freedom from 400 years of slavery, the Hebrews complained constantly, felt oppressed; even though they were finally free.
According to a group, Anti-Slavery International, in 2003:
"Millions of men, women and children around the world are forced to lead lives as slaves. Although this exploitation is often not called slavery, the conditions are the same. People are sold like objects, forced to work for little or no pay and are at the mercy of their 'employers'.... Women from eastern Europe are bonded into prostitution, children are trafficked between West African countries and men are forced to work as slaves on Brazilian agricultural estates. Contemporary slavery takes various forms and affects people of all ages, sex and race."
The Middle East is known, among other things, for its intense heat and humidity. With temperatures often reaching 110° or more, the climate is unbearable for most. That is not the case however for the modern-day slaves from India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. They seem to have an innate ability to withstand the intensity for little pay, riding to their temporary homes in buses with no air conditioning. Imagine how these abused workers must feel as they glance out the open windows of their beat up buses, burning up in the heat, at all the Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Rolls-Royces, modern skyscrapers, gorgeous fountains and them with no hope. Slavery. A rose is a rose is a rose, even if you call it a daffodil.
If one hires a construction worker, pays him a dollar a day and provides inadequate room and board; is the worker a slave or an employee?
Then there were the Irish.
In the early 1600s, 30,000+ Irish prisoners were sold as slaves to the New World by the British, many settling forcibly in Caribbean islands of Antigua and Montserrat. Irish slaves were tortured, sometimes their hands and feet were burned, sometimes they were burned to death. Irish slaves, most of whom were white, became the largest human trafficking phenomenon of the day. More than half a million Irish were killed and another quarter million sold into slavery across the Atlantic in the New World. Since the Brits would not allow the Irish men to take their wives and children with them to the New World, it led to many homeless wives, widows and children.
So how did the British solve this problem? They sold them into slavery as well. More than 100,000 Irish children were ripped from their families and auctioned off like cattle, only cattle were treated better.
It has been normal throughout history for conquering countries to enslave the conquered. In World War II, the Japanese and the Germans enslaved the captured; and of course we all know that the Germans murdered the enslaved Jews once they determined they were of no benefit to the German cause.
Last week a professional football player with the San Francisco 49ers refused to stand up for the United States national anthem at the start of the football game. He is the quarterback and his name is Kaepernick. His complaint is that, until the oppressed in America are no longer oppressed, he will refuse to stand up for the national anthem.
Kaepernick is not alone in his concerns but the irony is, he makes millions of dollars every year in the country he claims is oppressive, yet he seems to be doing fine. He is biracial. His adoptive parents are white, and he has had a coddled life. My guess is this gentleman has no idea of the meaning of oppressed. Additionally, he has not indicated any other country that is less oppressive than the United States, whose veterans go off to war so that narcissists like him can sit out the national anthem. He is a disgrace to his country, to the biracial community and to his parents who apparently helped make him what he is today, a high-roller.
Slavery knows no skin color. The Muslim Barbary Pirates enslaved many European and American Christians, white Christians, before Thomas Jefferson decided to build a navy and stop the Islamic atrocities. And the beat goes on. Muslims do this today, continue to enslave fellow human beings, who incidentally they believe are also descendents of Adam and Eve. Does not matter that we are all related.
Though God did not endorse slavery, it was a fact of life, so much so that he established rules:
“If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, without paying anything. If he comes alone, he is to go free alone; but if he has a wife when he comes, she is to go with him. If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the woman and her children shall belong to her master, and only the man shall go free.”Exodus 21:2-4 NIV
Slavery was a phenomenon long before early European and American enslavement of Africans. First it was Africans enslaving Semites. A world without slavery would be a wonderful thing, but it would also be a first for the world.
The United States may be oppressive in some ways, but it is one of the least oppressive countries in the world. While Kaepernick sits out the national anthem because he feels oppressed, he might look at the plight of the Pakistanis, Indians and Bangladeshis who are doing slave labor as I write, in the deserts of Saudi Arabia.
Almost every race has endured slavery, if not all races, at some point in time. This ungrateful professional quarterback seems to think oppression is unique to the USA; yet he makes an income of millions, lives in an ostentatious home, drives nice cars and could run for president if he so desired. It is doubtful, considering his feelings about our national anthem that so many soldiers died for, that he would win the presidency of the United States. However, with the way our country is going, anything is possible.
About J.L. Robb
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