The difference between the races of men and the differences between their languages have long been arguments against the solidarity of the human family. He assures us that this is no whitish skin disease; but that the new white skin is as healthy as that of any white boy, and that the changed boy has never been sick and never has taken medicines Watchtower 1914 Apr 1 p.105 "WE might have anticipated that many colored people would be deeply interested in THE PHOTO-DRAMA OF CREATION.The doctrine of restitution has also raised the question. But it did not impress itself upon us until gradually their number increased to about twenty-five per cent of the whole audience.We are not able to determine to a certainty that the sons of Ham and Canaan are the negroes; but we consider that general view as probable as any other." Watchtower 1904 February 15 pp.52-53 Can the Ethiopian change his skin? What the Ethiopian cannot do for himself God could readily do for him. of Schools in Slater, Mo., has written for the public press an elaborate description of how Julius Jackson, of New Frankfurt, Mo., a negro boy of nine years, began to grow white in September, 1901, and is now fully nine-tenths white.How could all men be brought to perfection and which color of skin was the original? God can change the Ethiopians skin in his own due time. Of course, we were glad to see them, glad that they were interested in the DRAMA.We had the same feeling respecting them as others; but it was quickly discerned that it was not a case of feeling, but that, whereas the colored people of New York City are about five per cent of the population, in our audiences they are about twenty-five per cent and the number increasing. As the attendance of the colored people would increase, proportionately the number of the whites would decrease; for explain it how we will, a majority of whites prefer not to intermingle closely with other races.
We reminded one dear sister that the Lord enjoins humility, and assures us that unless we humble ourselves we shall not be exalted.Despite the official end of slavery in America in 1865, the 1800's were a time of significant prejudice and inequality against African Americans.It was during this time that religions such as the Watchtower Society and Mormons were formed.Some who were still tenacious and quarrelsome we merely reminded of our Lord's declaration that in inviting visitors into the house it is the place of the host to say where they shall sit, and then we showed them the parable of the man who chose the chief seat of honor and was given a lower one.In answer to the query as to how our course of conduct squared with the Golden Rule, we replied that it squares exactly. If our personal interests are or ever have been in conflict with the real and apparently best interests of the Lord's Cause, it is a part of our consecration vow to ignore our interests in favor of the interests of the Lord's Cause.We were obliged to explain the facts, assuring all of our loving interest in the colored people, and of our desire to do them good, and not injury.We again suggested that if a suitable place could be found in which the DRAMA could be presented for the benefit of the colored people alone, we would be glad to make such arrangements, or to co-operate with any others in doing so.While it was apparent that not one particle of true religion had made its way into their gross minds, it was also evident that the spirit of sturdy manliness which was present in their savage forefathers found no place in their false, cowardly natures." Watchtower 1902 July 15 The Negro Not A Beast pp. "While it is true that the white race exhibits some qualities of superiority over any other, we are to remember that there are wide differences in the same Caucasian (Semitic and Aryan) family; and also we should remember that some of the qualities which have given this branch of the human family its preeminence in the world are not such as can be pointed to as in all respects admirable. The secret of the greater intelligence and aptitude of the Caucasian undoubtedly in great measure is to be attributed to the commingling of blood amongst its various branches; and this was evidently forced in large measure by circumstances under divine control. ...Noah declared, prophetically, that Hams characteristics which had led him to unseemly conduct disrespectful to his father, would be found cropping out later, inherited by his son, and prophetically he foretold that this degeneracy would mark the posterity of Canaan, degrading him, making him servile.We have received letters from several of these, who had intended engaging in the volunteer work, expressing surprise that in the call for volunteers in the March 1st issue we restricted the inquiry to white Protestant churches.They rightly realized that we have not the slightest of race prejudice, and that we love the colored brethren with just the same warmth of heart that we love the white, and they queried therefore why such a distinction should be made in the call.