Analysis Of The Book ' Curse Of Ham ' Essay

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The topic Biblicist Racism in the readings that were done in the class talked about various different questions that many of us have. This topic is well known by most people in the United States. Firstly, how different racial groups came to existence was explained as a myth through Curse of Ham myth. Secondly, how some racial groups are superior compare to others “as spiritually, morally, and culturally” is shown in A Great Racial Commission: Religion and the Construction of White America reading. Thirdly, how some racial groups have more privilege and power compare to others is shown in White Privilege and Male Privilege reading (PowerPoint). In chapter one of the Prentiss book, the story Curse of Ham is given. This story is a myth which is used to justify how different racial group came into existence. Noah, who was a father of three sons named Shem, Ham, and Japheth. On one night, Noah was drunk and necked in his tent. Ham was passing by and saw his father, Noah, necked. So, he went to his brothers and told them. Ham’s brothers covered his father while facing away and they did not see Noah. Once Noah woke up, he knew what Ham did to him. So, he cursed Ham’s son Canaan. He said, “Cursed be Cannan; a servant if servants shall he be unto his brethren” (Harvey 13). This curse is specially used to explain the existence of African American people such that they are descendants of Cannan; therefore, they should be slaves. In other words, the origin of the African Americans is…

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