#MLK Jr. on The Curse Of Ham & Racism

I keep going back to the question, the Black/African Question (the problem of creating racial origins in Scripture) because the history of race as a social construct has a long history when it comes to biblical interpretation. The curse of Ham is still being taught in public schools and churches.

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made the following comments on the curse of Ham & racism in a sermon on the Apostle Paul’s letters:

I understand that there are Christians among you who try to justify segregation on the basis of the Bible. They argue that the Negro is inferior by nature because of Noah’s curse upon the children of Ham. Oh my friends, this is blasphemy. This is against everything that the Christian religion stands for. I must say to you as I have said to so many Christians before, that in Christ “there is neither Jew nor Gentile, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus.” Moreover, I must reiterate the words that I uttered on Mars Hill: “God that made the world and all things therein . . . hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth.”

The Curse of Ham teaches that there are many humanities, and therefore the superiority of one race over all others, and against the Christian teachings about the oneness and equality of all humankind.

For more see MLK Jr.’s Paul’s Letter To American Christians

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