So why not educate yourself about world history and celebrate that? Too many of us think that black history’s starting point began with slavery. This is not true. Perhaps, if you get back on those slave ships, including the one named Jesus, in your mind and journey back across that Atlantic to the motherland from whence our ancestors were kidnapped, you will be made free to celebrate world history – your true history.
No one can fade to black. Darkness hovered over the earth, and the Spirit of God moved and divided light from darkness. He called darkness, night; a time for us to rest [Genesis 1]. Black is more than a color.
God created the first man and woman in the world in the land of Ethiopia. He blessed them and commanded them to subdue, dominate (bring harmony) and multiply.
The Bible says that the visage of the Hebrew Israelite Jews is “blacker than a coal”. The word “visage” means literary a person’s face, with reference to the form of features, a person’s facial expression. [Lamentations 4:8]. Further, the Jews of the Bible skin was “like an oven” [Lamentations 5:10].
Job was an Israelite. Let’s see how he described himself: “my skin is black upon me.” Do I need to say anything else? Then he says “and my bones are burned with heat,” that is referring to the affliction that he was going through [Job 30:30]. Solomon, one of the great kings of the nation of Israel, a Hebrew Israelite Jew from the tribe of Judah, and the wisest man to ever walk the face of the earth, described himself as a black man! [Song of Solomon 1:5]
One of the easiest ways to identify “black people” in scripture is through the use of names. There are names in scripture that identifies by their very meaning the nation, race and ethnic origin of a people. For example, the name “Kedar” meaning “very black” or the name “Phinehas” meaning the “Negro or the Nubian” identifies a black person. The name “Cush” meaning “Black” identifies a people or nation. The name “Tahpanhes” meaning “Palace of the Negro” Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 43:7, or “Ham” meaning “hot,” “heat,” “black or burnt” and Shim’own (Siemon) the prophet, a leading member of the assembly of Antioch is nicknamed “Niger” meaning “dark-complexioned and black.”
There are several names in the Bible that reference black people. These names include Cham (Ham), the son of Noah and the father of African people. His sons Kuwsh (Cush); Mitsrayim (Egypt); Phut (Put); Kna’an (Canaan). Malkiy-Tsedeq (Melchizedek): Bereshith [Genesis14: 18]; Tehillim [Psalms 110:4]; Ibrim Hebrews 5:6, 10; 6:20; 7:1, 10, 11, 15, 17];Queen of Shba’ (Sheba): I Melakim [I Kings 10:1, 4, 10, 13]; II Dibre ha Yamim [II Chronicles 9:1, 3, 9, 12];Mattithyahu [Matthew 12:4; Luke 11:31] ‘Ebed Melek (Ebedmelech) the Ethiopian: Yirmeyahu [Jeremiah 38:7, 8, 10, 11, 12; 39:16] Par’oh (Pharaoh) Tirhaqah (Tirhakah): II Melakim [II Kings 19:9]; Yeshayahu [Isaiah 37:9]
Nevertheless, black supremacy and white supremacy are equally evil. We are a spirit inside of a body (earth suit of different colors) with a soul, emotions, I.Q and a will. A spirit does what a spirit is! If you don’t know who God says you are; you will succumb to intimidation tactics into being who others want you to be. People of color are not monolithic. Do you have character? Are you righteous? That’s what matters to God the most. The Saints will judge the angels. Why then are you not judging people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin?
“Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it political? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor political, nor popular – but one must take it simply because it is right.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.