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Curse and mark of Cain
Because Ham was the father of black people, and because he and his descendants were cursed to be slaves because of his sin against Noah, some Christians said, "Africans and their descendants are destined to be servants, and should accept their status as slaves in fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Now there existed a myth of inferiority with apparent biblical roots. This theological basis provided the raw material necessary to convince the slaves that to resist their assigned inferior status was to resist the will of God. This myth became an authoritative myth because it was rooted in theology, and slave owners used this twisted theology to sustain a perverted sociology. This process is known as sacralization, the development of theological and religious beliefs to serve the interest of a particular ethnic or racial group. I knew that something did not sound right about the curse of Ham theory when I first heard it as a teenager.
What is this mysterious mark? The Hebrew word oth can mean a sign or token of any kind, with nothing to indicate if having such a mark is good or bad. If so, what and where? Or does it refer to some other kind of distinguishing sign? Jewish and Christian interpreters have proposed various explanations.
Cain, the son of Adam and Eve , killed his brother Abel in a fit of jealous rage. The curse was twofold: No longer could Cain be a farmer because the soil would not produce for him, and he was also driven from the face of God. Cain complained that his punishment was too harsh.
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Are Black People Cursed? The Curse of Ham
Front Page. - It occurs in the context of Noah's drunkenness and is provoked by a shameful act perpetrated by Noah's son Ham , who "saw the nakedness of his father". The story's original purpose may have been to justify the subjection of the Canaanite people to the Israelites ,  but in later centuries, the narrative was interpreted by some Christians , Muslims and Jews as an explanation for black skin , as well as a justification for slavery.
On this Sunday we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus and the gift of baptism itself. Baptism for many enslaved persons of African descent was an initiation rite for them to receive the mark of the Spirit that superseded the mark given to them by their masters as property. With the corresponding curse that Cain received, the belief that the mark was black sin caused many to believe that all people of black sin were cursed. Many used the mark of Cain as an excuse for the slave trade and discrimination against people with black skin. Consider this mark found on Alton Sterling was shot and killed during a confrontation with two police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he was selling music and movies on discs. According to Genesis chapter 4 because of the murder of his brother Abel Cain was given a mark.
In the stories, if someone did something to harm Cain , the damage would come back sevenfold. Some interpretations view this as a physical mark, whereas other interpretations see the "mark" as a sign, and not as a physical mark on Cain himself. There is no clear consensus as to what Cain's mark was. In the Torah , the same word is used to describe the stars as signs or omens Genesis , the rainbow as the sign of God 's promise to never again destroy his creation with a flood Genesis , circumcision as a token of God's covenant with Abraham Genesis , and the miracles performed by Moses before the Pharaoh Exodus , 9 , 17 , 28 ; ; ; , 2. The narrative of the curse of Cain is found in the text of Genesis The curse was the result of Cain murdering his brother, Abel, and lying about the murder to God. In a sense, the earth was left "drinking Abel's blood".