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The Truth about Racism: Its Origins, Legacy, and How God Wants Us to Deal with It
The Truth about Racism: Its Origins, Legacy, and How God Wants Us to Deal with It
by Dr. Philip G. Asante
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.14

3.0 out of 5 stars According to "Israel's" written literature (the OT) "the God of Israel" loved "Israel" above all other human beings (see for ins, 23 Jan. 2016
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The content of the book was different from what I expected.

I appreciate the efforts of the author, but the subject of "racism", is not addressed sufficiently in the chapters where tiles suggest making the reader expect a thorough discussion. In chapter I (roots of racism), for example, one would expect a discussion as the tile suggests. Sporadic scattering of thoughts here and there is the what one reads. Yes there are reference but the variety and strength of the sources cited aren't broad. This is a repeated feature throughout the book.

While I fully respect Philip's ambition and efforts to discuss this subject, it's clearly beyond the scope of the book.

In concurrence with Philip, one states that the term "racism" is an unscientific, social construct, that became very popularised since the late 1400s.

However, in disagreement with Philip, one argues that "Racism" is not a matter against which the "church" should teach its members and "the secular society". This is because "the church" IS a racialist community. And the "church" being a racialist community in turn comes from the "church's" document (what is called "the bible"). "The bible" is a racialist document which the "church" inherited and holds onto. In order to be able to elaborate what is meant by this, there is no space to discuss history here. One would need to examine the history of a people presenting itself as "Israel", the Babylonian, Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian periods and the late-comers, "European era" from the 1400s, the translation and production of what was called the King James bible (Authorised bible) and other English bible versions, linguistic, political, economic and cultural history of "Europe" with respect to non-"European" peoples of the world.

The "bible" is divided into Old Testament (OT) and New Testament (NT). The OT is known as Hebrew bible and the NT is Christian book. Consecutive historical Council's, committees' etc (such as the Nicea etc...) have been held making political decisions which shaped "the bible" today.
So Christians have both OT and NT as "Scripture" - a collection of 'ancient' literature.

The OT (Hebrew bible) is written by people who presented themselves as "Israel", distinct from the rest of people on earth, and claimed some supernatural favour "divine being (who would variously be referred to as Yahweh, or the "God of Israel". According to "Israel's" written literature (the OT) "the God of Israel" loved "Israel" above all other human beings (see for instance, Deuteronomy chapters 4, 7, 8, 10 & 20) and gave Israel a mandate to kill other people groups, show them no mercy, destroy them and occupy their land. Subsequently, one reads in that there has been constant antagonism between nations, enslavement of peoples, murders etc (see for instance Exodus 21, Lev. 25, Deut 20, Judges 11 etc) An argument can be made that a people calling itself "Israel" wrote literature called "the Hebrew bible" for political purposes. If this is not "ethnic cleansing" and "racism" by Israel's Yahweh, then what is.

Many Christians read the bible in bits, devotional verses, listen to sermons etc but not really reading this highly propagandised book. And I appreciate this is not liked by many Christians who have not read the "bible" thoroughly, but Israel's god is racist ethnic-cleanser. The book is a record of racial conflicts, national and inter-national disputes etc.

From the 1400s on, many European clergy were racist, particularly towards people of non-white skin. As the problems develop, several theories came out of the church circles- such as the so called Curse of Ham, in which, the European clergy taught, Ham was cursed by god and became black. He was the ancestor of Africans etc. And many other fairytale came of this. Around 1750, the English Bishop Thomas Newton of Bristol published an influential document called Dissertations on the fulfilment of the prophecies..., That document and many others before and after, played a massive role in the propagation of the seed of racism in white society. This is way before Charles Darwin was born. As an influential institution in the middle ages, the "church" introduced the concept of race to society. Africans were enslaved primarily by the endorsement of European church teachings; the Segregation, Jim Crow laws, Lynching of Black people in the US was the teaching of the European church; South African Apartheid System came into existence and was endorsed by the European church teaching (see for instance, the works of the Calvinistic Dutch prime minister Abraham Kuyper) the list goes on. What does that show us? Racism, people selection, flags, nationalisms, etc emanated within religious texts and practice - the Hebrew bible/the Scriptures being the prime example.

Philip has made an effort to write this book but it fails to understand that racism is rooted in religion, emanates from religion, and its source - the gof of Israel, according to the book of Israel, is racist ethnic cleanser.

Philip's suggestion to "the church" to teach its members and society is an immature thought simply because the god of Israel is racist, the book is racist and the church is racist. racism is essentially a practised part of religion. Racism can only be challenged through a thorough education and challenging religion and its tools, the books, altogether. Racism is religious by its origin and its practice. This can't be any clearer. Simply citing John 3:16 is foolish.

Having said this, I agree with Philip, though, that researching on the subject of racism is truly a distressing and depressing task to undertake, as a Christian and as an "ethnic minority" in a dominant "white" society. So Philip has my empathy as a fellow human being who has experienced denigration by bigots. Persons who have racialist attitude are only ignorants who inherited an ignorant ideology.

Peace to all fellow mortals in this transitory existence on the planet where we are "naturally" and morally supposed to be sharing and supporting each other by overcoming ignorances through mutual education,

Tegegn


Religion and the Racist Right: The Origins of the Christian Identity Movement
Religion and the Racist Right: The Origins of the Christian Identity Movement
by Michael Barkun
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Every Christian person must read and understand the evil forces' operations., 30 Aug. 2015
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Dr Barkun has documented very well the historical developments of the evil force that grew out of Western Christianity (of British and US) - the evil thought of the so called British-Israelism (aka Anglo-Israelism) and all the fascist religio-political elements such as Christian Identity, etc, born out of it. Inhibitive and destructive as they are, these forces operate in so many subtle and systemic ways, masquerading as Christian, but injecting deadly venoms to be transmitted further via indoctrination and causing terror, chaos and calamities to humanity.
Beware of the dangerous ideology and belief systems of Anglo-Israelism and all its elements.

Tegegn


Race and the Writing of History: Riddling the Sphinx (Race and American Culture)
Race and the Writing of History: Riddling the Sphinx (Race and American Culture)
by Maghan Keita
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £32.00

5.0 out of 5 stars In this masterpiece, historiography and epistemology come under real ..., 30 Aug. 2015
In this masterpiece, historiography and epistemology come under real scrutiny. Indeed, as the earlier commentator rightly wrote, "the racism of white scholars are said not to have effected their scholarship", while labelling and dismissing voices that say no to eurocentric "authorities". Though published in 2000, I would say, Dr Keita's work stands as a powerful challenge to the old system of eurecentrism.

By all [legitimate] means, get a copy.

Tegegn Bayissa


Institutional Racism in America (Spectrum Books)
Institutional Racism in America (Spectrum Books)
by Louis L. Knowles & Kenneth Prewitt
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A fundamentally essential document, 13 Aug. 2015
Published in 1969, this is indeed a "hard-hitting" book. Given that era of overt racism in the West, especially the US, the book came out boldly and I believe it did cause a lot of pain to the unrelenting bigotry as well as informing society.

The book is still powerful, and will indeed remain as powerful for as long as racism exists. It speaks against the evil forces of "racism" through setting out the development of the ideology and its overt and covert operations.

Together with the Gen.eds. Knowless & Prewitt, there are about ten contributors to this book. It has 8 chapters, an epilogue and an appendix, which really must count as two chapters. They are all well documented and the points well discussed beginning to end.

This is one of the important published materials I strongly recommend to all persons serious about combatting "racism". And it has been an indespensable part of my library for a long time.

A short space like this would not do justice to a very good work like this book. I say please get a copy, read it and pass the knowledge and translate the knowledge into positive action to activelly and effectively fight "racism".

Knowledge is indeed power.

Thank you,

Tegegn Bayissa,
England,


Yurugu: An African-centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior: African-Centered Critique of European Thought and Behavior
Yurugu: An African-centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior: African-Centered Critique of European Thought and Behavior
by Marimba Ani
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars An essential textbook for both European & African studies., 12 Aug. 2015
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I am exceedingly glad to see a highly intellectual discussion in this book, a well organised and structured work, put together in one piece. Dr Marimba Ani has done an excellent work in many ways, from creative use of linguistic items as Yurugu, Asili, Utamawazo and Utamaroho to meticulously critical survey of numerous literature. Throughout the book, one can see Dr Marimba Ani's deeply insightful critique of European "pagan" and "Judeo-Christian" worldviews and attitudes, from Platonic influences to race and national identity, from development of ideologies to the syntax of cultural imperialism, the author has not just written another book but offered the world an original and critical dimension to consider. Her in-depth knowledge not only in her area of "specialism"- anthropology, but also in broader streams of linguistics, history and philosophy are very clear.
The only suggestion I would have liked to make would be use foot note instead of end note. However, I assume there might be a reason for that decision.

Overall, this is a highly scholarly masterpiece by another African daughter, whose comprehensive critique is certainly unmatched in Europe.
I think this book should be an essential text in both European and Afrikan studies.

My deepest gratitude to Dr Marimba Ani for this excellent work. Well done.

Thank you,
Tegegn Bayissa,
Manchester, England


The Curse of Ham in the Early Modern Era: The Bible and the Justifications for Slavery: 5 (St Andrews Studies in Reformation History)
The Curse of Ham in the Early Modern Era: The Bible and the Justifications for Slavery: 5 (St Andrews Studies in Reformation History)
by David M. Whitford
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £95.00

4.0 out of 5 stars An essential document, 26 July 2015
In his work, "the Curse of Ham in the Early Modern Era: The Bible and the Justification for Slavery"(Ashgate, 2009) David M. Whitford has prepared and given an invaluable document that plays a vital role in understanding the cobbled up works in Western ecclesiastical literature on whose foundations today's social problems, specifically in the realm of "race relations", stand.

In this short (176 pages) but very rich piece of work, Dr Whitford shows the numerous fairy tales and literary inconsistencies that contributed to the Western embarkement on the enslavement of people on the continent of Africa on the basis of the fairy tale - "the Curse of Ham", which has been transmitted throughout the generations in many different ways. At the core of this legend is the Biblical story of the Flood in Genesis chapter 9. This tale/s became, in one way or another, an integral part of Western Christianity, as can be seen in the works of Origen, for instance, in which it has been believed as a real story, that "God cursed black people". Various inconsistencies and forgeries in Western eccelsiastical literature are highlighted and well discussed throughout the seven chapters. In chapter 3, for instance, the foundational errors of the church reformer Martin Luther, "Supputatio annorum mundi", published in 1541 is shown. Luther based his work on the forgeries of the theologian Annius of Viterbo, who had been publishing his works before him in 1480s. Anniu's legends cover the various stories of Ham.

David M. Whitford provides wide ranging discussions in short space. Sufficient references are given to the roles of influential figures such as the sixteenth century Elizabethan Privy Council aide George Best, the English Bishop Thomas Newton and his "Dissertations..", the Rev John Brown and his "Self-Interpreting family Bible..". With these and others, Whitford has dug deep enough to evidence that the belief- "God cursed Ham", and the association of that "curse" with blackness & with Africa is a fairy tale, contrary to the propagation if the tales in Western ecclesiastical literatures, for centuries.

Quite rightly, Whitford notes, "modern scholarship is responsible for perpetuating two false claims about the reception of the Curse of Ham in the medieval era: first, that there was a tradition of associating the slave Ham with Africans; second, that part of the blame for this association can be placed at the foot of Jewish exegesis. Both of these false claims have had profound negative consequences for contemporary relations between the American Jewish and African American communities"(page 20)

I highly recommend Dr Whitford's book as an important scholarly contribution in the study of the historical roots of modern "white/black" racism. There is a good list of Bibliography, with Footnotes throughout. A work well put together.

Though pricey, I highly recommend this book ; a must for every serious researcher on race relations.

Tegegn Bayissa,
England


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5.0 out of 5 stars delivery was good. More than anything, 21 July 2015
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England


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Rejection, Resistance and Resurrection: Speaking Out Against Racism in the Church
Rejection, Resistance and Resurrection: Speaking Out Against Racism in the Church
by Mukti Barton
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars Racism is rooted in Religion., 27 May 2015
It's so naive & wishful thinking that "racism is coming to an end in church". Racism, originated within the ecclesiastical circles, is a deeply rooted ideology in society. The root of it was the theological doctrine of western church clerics. The doctrine was born out of a myth erroneouly named "Curse of Ham". Out of this myth, church clerics formulated theories primarily by eisegeting Genesis ch. 9.

Standing on shaky "theological/historical/anthropological arguments", various extensions later come out of this mythological-theory, such as Anglo-Israelism, Christian Identity, and many other christian extremist & terrorist groups who uphold & propagate "the birth right of the white" and their "supramacy" and "chosenness" by "God". Through its historically influential position in society, the church influenced the minds of generations and shaped them into believing that "white" is the symbol of holiness, goodness, civilisation, beauty and of high value. The opposit, ie, all negative qualities rendered to "black". The council of Toledo, for example, decided to depict Satan/the Devil with black colour. If everyone is honest, the mental image of "God" that many "white christians" have when they pray is an old, gray-haired white man in the sky, who speaks English. And when they refere to the Devil, it's a dark figure of some kind or a "black man" that they perceive.

Effectively, racism is part of a theological doctrine. Religion and Race/ethnicity have been inseparable elements in human history. The selection and favour of a particular group of people over against others, as can be seen in the Hebrew Bible/Christian OT, for example, illustrates this. The enslavement of millions of people of "African descent" and shipping them across the seas by western christians from the 1400s was based on the selfish and savage belief that "God gave white people supremacy over black people". That was the pracitce and firm belief of Christian churches who argued for it by quoting the Bible. In the United States, for instance, the marriage of "a white and a black persons" was a criminal offence against the State and a sinful act against "God". Such "offenders" were dealt with swiftly with the most sever punishment. That was the influence of the church on society and State for over three centuries.

The projection of the "colour of Jesus", and other colour symbolisms in western christian thought, remain biased towards "white"; the position of the English language vs.the thousands of natural human languages around the world; the history of the book itsef - the Bible; the role of the church in historic Slave Trade; the ever increasing division of churches in the "west" by the skin pigmentation of the people and the "gospel" itself -"white church/pastor" "black church/pastor", "black theology"/"white theology" etc, will continue to be felt and increase division.

In a nutshell, Racism is rooted in Religion- an area of extensive research/study.
(Citation of academic sources here is endless and needless).

The end of the matter- dump bigotry, we are all sisters and brothers - fellow mortal travellers in the journey of this transitory existence, accept each other as members of one family of humanity, we all need each other to bridge the gap between "rich and poor", end greed, work to lift fellow humanity out of hunger, fight diseases, educate, house the "homeless" befriend the lonely.

Live and let live.
Peace and love to all.

Tegegn Bayissa,
England.
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