Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Skin Colour

For a few days, I have been present in discussions on "Colour Segregation". Let me spare you the details. I have come to observe that some black people feel inferior to the whites. I have heard a black man in his country, working in the same organization with a white man, say something like, "I can't eat in the canteen before or same time as the Oyibos. The Oyibos deserve this respect." I don't know if it has to do with stories heard from the past. I don't know if it has to do with treatments received in the past. I don't know if it has to do with the treatment witnessed of others. I really don't know.
One thing I know is the word of God teaches that every human being is uniquely created in the image of God [Gen 1:27]. This emphasizes man's spiritual nature as that which sets him apart as special - not his physical makeup. If all humans possess a soul of equal value, then obviously there is no basis for suggesting that one group is superior to another. Age, sex, skin color, education, money, national origin, IQ, physical condition, or even what a person has done are of no value.[1] We all come from one source [Gen 3:20].
As if to support these truths I know, I stumbled on "10 Things You Didn't Know about You"
What great joy I had knowing that even in the physical we all are the same.
You are the apple of God's eye [Zech 2:8] - whether the mixture of the four hues of your skin colour has resulted in you being black or white.
Have a blessed day.

2 comments:

Denike said...

hmm. No doubt race has nothing to do with superiority. Some people live in "colonial mind bondage" without realising it! (inferiority) This is worse than colonialisation. Afterall, the colonial masters could not colonise our minds and hearts even if they did our land and bodies.

Rita Esuru Okoroafor said...

@ Denike

Colonial Mind Bondage...

That's a new one for me and seems to summarise it all.

Thanks for sharing your comment. I've learnt alot from it.