The Inspiration of Race

What inspires our belief in race?  Why do we have so much faith in this social construct?  Is it because we built it that we take pride in it, that we cannot let it go? For me and I suppose so many others, race creates more questions than answers.  In fact, the more that I […]

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Breaking all the rules of race

I’m feeling rebellious this morning, like something new and necessary should be done.  I am not interested in contributing to this American society as it has been but would rather pursue what God says can be– not only for me but for all those who would leave race behind.  I am tired of living life afraid of what I think […]

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Race Fact #39: Microaggression

Dr. Silvia Mazzula in a post titled “But You Speak So Well”: How Latinos Experience Subtle Racism,” provides this noteworthy definition of microaggression: “things said or done – many times unconsciously – that reflect a person’s inner thinking, stereotypes and prejudices. They are difficult to recognize because they are brief, innocuous, and often difficult to see.”  She […]

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Letters of the Editor

In a letter to the editor of The New York Times, John L. Hodge, a retired lawyer and former professor of philosophy, asks the hard questions of race and provides a remedy that doesn’t require an apology or reparations, protests or demonstrations, an appeal to the Supreme Court or a change in the laws of […]

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Race Fact #37: Generational Curses

No one would argue that many African Americans are socially and financially oppressed in the United States.  But, the Hamitic curse or the curse of Ham has been falsely argued as the cause, that God blessed and cursed persons by creating them in different social colors and that this determines the quality of their lives.  […]

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Race Fact #36: How many races are in the Bible?

Noah had three sons: “The sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth” (Genesis 9.18, NRSV).  It has been argued erroneously that Ham represents the socially colored black race, Shem the socially colored brown race and Japheth the socially colored white race.  But, what are we to do with the socially colored red/ […]

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Race Fact #35: The Meanings of Ham

The name of Noah’s son Ham has only been interpreted to mean “black” and this black is in a physical sense– not black eyes or black hair but black skin specifically.  Ham’s name is said to represent a race, that is socially colored black people.  However, J. Daniel Hays provides several meanings to provide a […]

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