Race Relations

40 - Race Relations - Martin Luther King - Christian Civics Training - Biblical CivicsA student asked his history professor, “Where did slavery come from ?”

The professor answered, “The real question is; ‘Where did freedom come from?’”

It is the idea of freedom for the great masses of ordinary people that is relatively new in earth history.

Slavery has existed on every inhabited continent and among people of every race for thousands of years.

The 13 Colonies of Great Britain on the American continent were not immune to the expansion of the slave trade as the nation was established under British rule and agricultural labor was needed.

However, by the time of the Declaration of Independence, Americans were awakening in ever larger numbers to the inequities of this practice. Yet with a battle pending with the world’s largest super-power of the time, the issue was not resolved during the Declaration and Constitution period.   An early plan to stop the practice was put into effect and by Jan 1, 1809 the importation of slaves into the United States was to cease.

Things did not go as planned and the practice lingered.

The greatest voices for civil rights of the last two centuries were Frederick Douglas in the 19th Century and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr in the 20th century… Both appealed to the Bible, the Declaration of Independence, and Constitution for their positions.

In recent decades however, most of the vocal leadership on race issues have attempted to either openly or subtly divide people into races and classes rather than unify around Dr. King's appeal of “content of character vs. color of skin” and his appeals to the Declaration of Independence.

The result is we are a “house divided”.

This eye opening series will seek to unite us and to allow people of all colors and ethnicities to see themselves in God’s grand plan. This series takes a look at the current state of things, but also goes way back in history not just hundreds of years, but thousands of years where we discover some profound truths.

 

Race Relations and its impact in the United States

 

The Larger Historical View

 

Black Americans Finding Their Story in God’s Story and in the U.S. Story