The Persecution of the Black Race
I continued to seek God further on what I read in Romans 4. This lead me to an understanding as to why the black race, over the centuries, has been so heavily persecuted.
Romans 4:13-2513 Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith.14 If God’s promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless.15 For the law always brings punishment on those who try to obey it. (The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!)16 So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe.17 That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.18 Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!”19 And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb.20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.21 He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.22 And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous.23 And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded 24 for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.25 He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.
The Black Nation
A nation is a large group of people who share a common language, culture, ethnicity, descent, or history. That means Africans, Asians, Hispanics or Jews are all different ‘nations’.
In Romans 4:18, we see that Abraham was promised, by God, to be a father of many nations; not just one nation, the Jewish people. In the previous article, we began to explore the Black or African nation.
For a long time, people have said that many great men or their children, in the bible, were black. So, my curiosity lead me to some discoveries about who were some of the black people in the bible and why their experience have been so horrid throughout history.
Persecution of the Black Race
Even if Abraham did not understand the magnitude of God’s promise to him, Satan did.
Satan coveted God’s power and wanted to be the ruler of Heaven and Earth. When he was thrown down from Heaven and man was created, we became the targets of his vengeance. It was the devil’s intention to dominate the earth and rule as god of the Earth. However, Jehovah would have none of that.
God promised the Earth to Abraham and his descendant, and so the intense persecution of the Jews, Hebrews and the Black race began. It is important to note that Africans are found all over the globe because they were dis-inherited and forced into slavery from their native Africa.
German Sterilisation of Blacks
One of the more startling occurrences of radical racial discrimination happened in Germany. The Germans thought everyone, but the Aryan race was inferior. Apart from the Holocaust, they also had forced sterilization programs to diminish the Black Germans.
Under eugenics laws during the Third Reich, race alone was not enough criteria for forced sterilization, but anyone could request sterilization for themselves or a minor under their care. The cohort of mixed-race children born during occupation were approaching adulthood when, in 1937, with Hitler’s approval, a special Gestapo commission was created and charged with “the discrete sterilization of the Rhineland bastards.” It is unclear how much these minors were told about the procedures, or how many parents only consented under pressure from the Gestapo. An estimated 500 children were sterilized under this program, including girls as young as 12.
The sterilization program in the Rhineland, there was no coherent Nazi policy towards African Germans. In one instance, when local officials petitioned for guidance on how to handle an Afro-German who could not find employment because he was a repeat criminal offender, they were told the population was too small to warrant the formulation of any official policy and to settle the case as they saw fit. Due to the rhetoric at the time, Black Germans experienced discrimination in employment, welfare, and housing, and were also barred from pursuing a higher education.
Black people have suffered slavery for hundreds of years. Not only were they enslaved and shipped to the America’s, but they also were enslaved by the Arabs.
Arabian Slave Trade
Historians estimate that between the advent of Islam in 650CE and the abolition of slavery in the Arabian Peninsula in the mid-20th century,10 to 18 million sub-Saharan Black Africans were enslaved by Arab slave traders and transported to the Arabian Peninsula and neighboring countries. This number far exceeded the number of slaves who were taken to the Americas.
Several factors affected the visibility of descendants of this diaspora in 21st-century Arab societies: The traders shipped more female slaves than males, as there was a demand for them to serve as concubines in harems in the Arabian Peninsula and neighboring countries. Male slaves were castrated in order to serve as harem guards. The death toll of Black African slaves from forced labor was high. The mixed-race children of female slaves and Arab owners were assimilated into the Arab owners’ families under the patrilineal kinship system. As a result, few distinctive Afro-Arab black communities have survived in the Arabian Peninsula and neighboring countries.
American Slave Trade
Africans were enslaved many times and shipped all over the world, including to Europe, Asia, Turkey, America etc.
There were eight principal areas used by Europeans to buy and ship slaves to the Western Hemisphere. The number of enslaved people sold to the New World varied throughout the slave trade. As for the distribution of slaves from regions of activity, certain areas produced far more enslaved people than others. Between 1650 and 1900, 10.24 million enslaved West Africans arrived in the Americas from the following regions in the following proportions:
- Senegambia (Senegal and the Gambia): 4.8%
- Upper Guinea (Guinea-Bissau, Guinea and Sierra Leone): 4.1%
- Windward Coast (Liberia and Ivory Coast): 1.8%
- Gold Coast (Ghana and east of Ivory Coast): 10.4%
- Bight of Benin (Togo, Benin and Nigeria west of the Niger Delta): 20.2%
- Bight of Biafra (Nigeria east of the Niger Delta, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon): 14.6%
- West Central Africa (Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola): 39.4%
- Southeastern Africa (Mozambique and Madagascar): 4.7%
Africans were also enslaved and sent to South America.
…11.5 million Africans were shipped to South America and the Caribbean. Brazil was the largest importer in the Americas, with 5.5 million African slaves imported, followed by the British Caribbean with 2.76 million, the Spanish Caribbean and Spanish Mainland with 1.59 million Africans, and the French Caribbean with 1.32 million. Today their descendants number approximately 150 million in South America and the Caribbean.
We often say that the truth will set us free. The truth is like a sword. It allows you to cut through the tentacles of this life. As Black people, tracing back our heritage to Abraham, will empower many to walk in their spiritual and God-given power and authority, while on this earth.
Continue to seek God for revelations in the scriptures and compare this to some of the historical findings that are coming more and more in our time.
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