There is truth in that Africans, in general, consider themselves degraded. Most Africans believe that they are degraded because of being exploited and enslaved by other races. However, this belief does not capture the fact that other races have also been victims of exploitation by other humans, one way or the other.
The Bible is explicit in that the Israelites were once victims of Egyptian exploitation. But there is no record of the Israelites ever blaming the Egyptians for having caused their current misery. In other words, while having been also degraded, the Israelites do not link their degradation to Egyptian slavery.
Africans, in general, believe and swear by the consideration that Africans languish in poverty because of previous exploitation by other races. This kind of belief is not enforced on Africans, who use it as an excuse for remaining in poverty. Other races have tended to treat Africans according to how Africans treat themselves.
Racism is condemned, worldwide. There are whites who also foolishly swear to be racists. These are undeniable facts on the ground. But, such racist viewpoints are caused by Africans, themselves. Human behaviour is known to generalize viewpoints.
When encountering a racist Indian, one tends to conclude that all Indians are racists. The idea of generalizing worsens the condition of black people’s viewpoint that being black is a curse. More blacks wish they were born white, rather than whites wishing they were born black.
There are some blacks, who resign to the story of the Descendents of Ham, son of Noah (Genesis 9:25). They conclude that Africans are a subject of what was pronounced on Ham’s descendants. This presentation debunks such mythical prophecies, due to the liberation of humanity provided by Jesus Christ.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour” (Luke 4:18-19 NIV).
Jesus brought liberty to humanity. The conditions of individual circumstances hold no bearing on the state of beingness. The true identity of an individual is spiritual, as created in God’s image. What is observed physically, does not describe the true identity of an individual.
Ordinary humans, whether white or black, are degraded, one way or another. But this presentation specifically intends to address the Africans’ consideration of degradation compared to other races.
Africans degrade themselves, more than being degraded by other races. Others believe that African problems are a result of corrupt leaders, cheating their ways into leadership. But that does not absolve common Africans from being authors of their own degradation.