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Sadly Racism Had Its Roots In Scripture – Reno Omokri

Many sub Saharan Africans use the term half caste innocently to refer to persons whose parents come from different races. Unawares to them, every time they use that term, they are feeding into a racist stereotype that sees us as inferior. The appropriate term is mixed race.

The phrase ‘half caste’ is derogatory and originated in Colonial India, where they have a deep seated caste system, which you are born to, as well as Australia, where the colonialists met a native Aboriginal people, and treated them rather harshly.

If you go to America and use that term, nobody will understand what you mean. It is a hurtful slur. Why? Because the word caste is from the Latin castus, meaning pure. When it was used in the 19th Century, it was meant to donate that the mixed race individual was only half pure. The purity in their eyes came from White Anglo Saxon blood. Therefore, when you use the term half caste; you, as a Black African, are accepting that your blood is not pure. Please can we as a people  avoid it.

But beyond European colonialism, where do we get our ye earliest records of racism? The answer is surprisingly from Scripture.

Where did Moses find God? The answer is Ethiopia. He was married to a Black Ethiopian woman. Numbers 12:1-2. And her Black African father was Moses’ mentor in the way of God. And Moses obeyed him like a student even after leading the children of Israel out of Egypt-Exodus 18:24.

Now, when the Old Testament (what the Hebrew call the Tanakh) uses the term Ethiopia, it is actually referring to Africa. As at the time the King James Version of the Bible was translated in 1611, there was no nation called Ethiopia. Rather, the African continent was called Ethiopia and Black people were referred to as Ethiopes.

The modern nation of Ethiopia only became known by that name in 1945. Prior to that, Ethiopia was known as Abyssinia. And till today, Ethiopians do not refer to themselves as Ethiopians. They call themselves Habesha.

In Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, Romeo upon seeing Juliet for the first time proclaimed as follows:

“O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright. It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night Like a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear.”

That word Ethiop, referred to a Black person.

The original word used in Numbers 12:1 which is translated Ethiopian is Cush. Cush is Hebrew for Black. There are two types of races mentioned in the entire Old Testament. Cushitic people (Blacks) and Semitic people (Hebrews and Arabs). No other race is mentioned.

Have you not asked yourself why Moses’s children never rose to prominence in Canaan, or the promised land, despite their father being a Founding Father of the Ancient Israelite nation?

Aaron’s children, who were their cousins, were very prominent, and held High Priestly positions, as did their lineage, till today.

We know that Moses had two sons, Gershom and Eliezer. We see this in 1 Chronicles 23:15.

When Moses left Ethiopia (as Black Africa was then called) for Egypt, He dispatched his wife and children to go and live with their grandfather Jethro in Midian. They only joined their father in the wilderness after the Exodus. We see this in Exodus 18:2-6.

That is the last time they were mention in Scripture, except for when their lineage was traced in 1 Chronicles 23:15.

But why? Why would the children of such a prominent man have to be sent away from him to live with their grandfather, and only visit their father in the wilderness. The answer to that lies in Numbers 12:1. That verse says in the NIV:

“Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite.”

The KJV says:

“And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.”

The reason Gershom and Eliezer faded away, is because of the racism in the Israelite nation against them.

Reno Omokri

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