“Do not stare at me because I am dark, because I am darkened by the sun. My mother’s sons were angry with me and made me take care of the vineyards; my own vineyard I had to neglect.” This passage from the Bible, Song of Solomon 1:6, describes the suffering of a person whose skin is completely different from that of his or her siblings and thus; suffers from racial prejudice. When reading such verses in the Bible, is it convincing that slavery was motivated by religion and the vague ideology of man?
For many years, colonialism and slave trade have been publicly justified using Christian doctrine and European philosophical ideas, since there was a widespread belief in medieval Europe that all of Africa's dark people are the offspring of Ham, one of the three sons of Noah. This is an anti-racist philosophy that gave rise to slavery, and even after it was abolished and Apartheid collapsed in South Africa, the Black man today faces shame and an identity crisis.
"So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them," the Bible says in Genesis 1:7. If "God created man in his own image, why should other people dominate others or choose to view others as inferior to dominate, oppress, or kill?" I have been asking this question often when writing a religious article. This reveals a straightforward explanation: People were motivated to sell those they deemed inferior to slavery by the dumb ideologies of man.
Slavery as a source of cheap labor in Europe and America was motivated by the nebulous belief that black people are inferior and cursed.
Black South Africans and African-Americans continue to experience oppression, even though slavery has been abolished for centuries and apartheid fell decades ago. While the US government continues to talk about human rights abuses or violations, many African-Americans who were born in the US after their ancestors were sold into slavery are still experiencing the same problem. I recall an African leader crying out against George Floyd's murder as his people suffered from tribalism's brutality.
In addition to religious tenets, the justification of slavery drew strength from racist theories that claimed the superiority of the white race. Enlightenment philosophers such as François-Marie Arouet and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel saw negroes as the lowest rung in the hierarchy of humanity. Even though throughout the United many suffered through hardships and education, their achievements are unknown to the public to this day, which even tells everyone your skin color can be your curse.
It is not overstated to say that in Europe, religious hypocrisy and racist haughtiness have coexisted for generations. Nevertheless, we may draw some lessons from Haile Selassie's 1963 speech to the UN. "Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, there will be war everywhere, and until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation, and until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes."
This lesson holds for both Europeans and Americans as well as for Africans; just as the developed world is dealing with racial issues, Africans must likewise handle tribalism, which is dividing the people and inflicting poverty on others, to unify as one people.