Sons of Ham
There is a myth amongst some Christians that black people are "Sons of Ham" and therefore eternally doomed to be servants; to be "hewers of wood and drawers of water". I'd really like to explode this myth. It simply isn't true.
Here's what the Bible says:
"And the sons of Noah that went with him and came forth of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japeth. These are the three sons of Noah, and of them was the whole earth over spread. And Noah began to be a husbandman, and he planted a vineyard, and he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. And Shem and Japeth took a garment, and laid on both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father, and their faces were backward,and they saw not their father's nakedness. And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done. And he said:
"Cursed be Canaan, a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge the tents of Shem, and Canaan shall be his servant."
Genesis 9: 18-27 King Jame's Version
I'd like to make three points about this:
- That's all the Bible says. There is no mention of black or white people.
- Ham had other sons. They were not doomed to be servants.
- There is no mention of this going past one generation. There is no mention of the sons of Canaan also being servants.
Another point I'd like to make is this:
Black people are black because they have more pigmentation, of the same color we all do, in their skin, than white people. Black people have more pigmentation than white people because the darker skin is better adapted to tropical and sub-tropical climates. The darker skin blocks ultrviolet radiation, making the person less likely to contract skin cancer. Whiter skin is better adapted to northern climates that are far less sunny: whiter skin is more able to absorb vitamin D. We all have the same color pigmentation in our skins: there is no difference. Some of us have more of it; others less. There is no scientific reason whatsoever to believe that a darker-skinned person is in any way inferior to a lighter-skinned person.
If you believe in the Bible, which is your personal faith, the Bible does not and never has indicated any superiority of whiter people over darker people. Whoever believes this has been sadly misguided and misinformed and I hope this article will help to set the matter straight.