Carry Each Other’s Burdens: Let’s Get Uncomfortable

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:26-27 NIV

28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galations 3:28 NIV

The transformation from indentured servitude (servants contracted to work for a set amount of time) to racial slavery didn’t happen overnight. There are no laws regarding slavery early in Virginia’s history. By 1640, the Virginia courts had sentenced at least one black servant to slavery . . .

Three servants working for a farmer named Hugh Gwyn ran away to Maryland. Two were white; one was black. They were captured in Maryland and returned to Jamestown, where the court sentenced all three to thirty lashes — a severe punishment even by the standards of 17th-century Virginia. The two white men were sentenced toan additional four years of servitude — one more year for Gwyn followed by three more for the colony. But, in addition to the whipping, the black man, a man named John Punch, was ordered to “serve his said master or his assigns for the time of his natural Life here or elsewhere.” John Punch no longer had hope for freedom.

It wasn’t until 1661 that a reference to slavery entered into Virginia law, and this law was directed at white servants — at those who ran away with a black servant. The following year, the colony went one step further by stating that children born would be bonded or free according to the status of the mother.

The transformation had begun, but it wouldn’t be until the Slave Codes of 1705 that the status of African Americans would be sealed.

White Christianity is an idolatry. Idols separate us from God

Jom Wallis

Dorothy Roberts says the genetic variations that do exist among humans—within that

narrow 0.1 percent of the genome where we differ—simply don’t line up with our notions

of race. Just as gene science debunks the idea of a distinct “white” population, she

says, it also explodes the notion of a “black” race. African people express most of the

world’s genetic diversity all by themselves, so there are Africans who are genetically

similar to any other given population in the world.

People with ancestors from Zimbabwe are very genetically different

from people with ancestors from Somalia, for example. And that difference is greater

than the difference between someone from Somalia and someone from some part of


John Biewen: Genomic science has found that Somalis are

genetically closer to Europeans than to Zimbabweans.

Seeing White Part 2 Transcript
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