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Black Murders Matter


A site member posted a link to the following video. The speaker is Michael Smith. It is a TEDx talk: “not ready for primetime TED.”

This video is an impressive talk. Once the speaker got into the talk, which I’m sure he has given many times, he really rolled along. It is worth watching from the point of view of analyzing effective rhetoric. But his logic is always there to support his rhetoric.

Black Murders Matter One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you (Exodus 12:49). Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour (Leviticus 19:15). These two passages are the original sources of the West’s concept of the rule of law. This brief essay is an application of the biblical principle of the rule of law. Specifically, it is an analysis of a widespread […]

The problem began when blacks were kidnapped out of Africa and brought to the United States to live as slaves. The regional laws, officially based on Christianity, did not apply to them within the slave system. They were assumed to be of an inferior race.

This was true of Jews’ outlooks toward blacks. It was true of Muslims’ attitude. It goes back to an ancient interpretation of the account in Genesis 9 of the curse of God on the son of Ham: Canaan. Scholars are aware of this history, but the general public has never heard of it. Wikipedia has an excellent account of this. You can read it here. Supposedly, blacks are part of an inferior race because of this curse. Historically, this is preposterous. The Canaanites produced the ancient trading civilization of Phoenicia. It culminated in the classical civilization of Carthage.

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