Have you ever wondered about the condition of the Negroes? Let’s look at history, right? Why did other ethnic groups come to the Americas, the Occident, via their own volition, whilst Negroes arrived in the intestines of slave ships? Why did Colored people get afflicted with 400 years of American slavery? Why did Coloreds have to march and protest for civil rights? All the while getting bit by German shepherds, water-hosed, and having dehumanizing epithets hurled in our direction? Why are Negroes always the targets of racial discrimination, oppression, and marginalization? If you’ve pondered these inquiries too, I’m delighted to say that The Hebrew Bible provides the satisfactory answers! Let’s dive into Deuteronomy 28:15.
“But if you refuse to pay attention to what Yahweh your God says, and do not observe and obey all His commandments and regulations which I am giving you today, then all the following curses will be yours in abundance.” Deuteronomy 28:15. This verse makes it lucid that if Yahweh’s chosen people, the Israelites, dishonor the Covenant, by breaking His commandments and regulations, then all the following curses would overtake them. Let’s look at the curses.
“A curse on you in city, and a curse on you in the countryside.”
Which municipalities are the most impoverished, replete with blight? Which neighborhoods are laden with drug trafficking, crime, gang activity? In the countryside/rural areas in the South, weren’t Coloreds relegated to slave work?
“A curse on your grain-basket and kneading-bowl.”
The culinary instruments utilized to transport or store foodstuffs, would be cursed.
“A curse on the fruit of your body, the fruit of your land and the young of your cattle and flocks.” Deuteronomy 28:18
In Biblical antiquity, having cursed fruit, cattle, and flocks would be very problematic to the Hebrew family, since they were in an agricultural society. In ancient Yerushalayim, Israelites couldn’t exactly have an Amazon drone deliver food. Survival was contingent upon fresh produce, fruit, cattle, and flocks.
“A curse on you when you come in, and a curse on you when you go out.”
When Negroes become aristocratic, rich and famous, do they now stop experiencing microaggressions and racism? Remember when someone sprayed the word Nigger on LeBron James’ gates in Los Angeles? Remember when Radu Banciu called Serena Williams a monkey? Remember when Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was arrested at his home, after someone saw him forcibly opening his from door, mistook the distinguished professor for a burglar? The covenant curses aren’t deterred by socioeconomic status.
“Yahweh will send on you curses, disasters and frustration in everything you set out to do, until you are destroyed and quickly perish, because of your evil actions in abandoning me.” Deuteronomy 28:20
Wait, who is sending these curses? Is it the white man? Is it the Arab man? Is it the African man? No. It is Yahweh, for we Israelites are in covenant with Yahweh. So called Negro, we have a special covenant relationship with Yahweh, The God of Israel. Are we cursed because we have melanin? Are we cursed because we have dark-brown skin? No. Our evil actions in abandoning Yahweh our God, our sin, us committing violence against Yahweh’s Laws, provoke Him to strike us with curses.