he says : "The whole continent of Africa was peopled princi¬
pally by the children of Ham; and for how many ages have
the better parts of that country lain under the dominion of
the Romans, and then of the Saracens, and now of the
Turks? In what wickedness, ignorance, barbarity,slavery.
misery, live most of the inhabitants? And of the poor ne¬
groes, how many hundreds every year are sold and bought
like beasts of the market, and are conveyed from one quarter
of the world to do the work of beasts in another?"
The logical sequence of such statements as these, is to
make the slavery of any or all the Hamitic races, as we have
said, a divine institution, the very strength and boast of the
ystem when it was in its glory.
Nor are the theologians of to-day doing a whit better than
those of the past generation. As we have seen, those of the
past not only assented to our bondage, but bolstered it up by
their interpretation of Scripture.* These of to-day not only
assent to and practice caste, but join hands with a "science
so-called" that strives to put us outside the pale of Adamic
and Noachic humanity, and declares in favor of our non-
Hamitic descent—a science that incidentally puts it: "As
*The Christianity of this country as exhibited in the churches
is not the Christianity of Christ. It is a man-degrading and Ne¬
gro-hating Christianity. In the South it lived and flourished side
by side with slavery for two hundred years and never had any
quarrel with it, and in its presence to-day the Negro is robbed,
lynched and murdered without rebuke or remonstrance from
these Christian pulpits.
—Frederick Douglass in letter to Rev. J. W. Beckett, Oct. 88,1891.
Mr. Douglass broke with the American Church, and with Amer¬
ican Christian dogma when he saw it made to sanction and defend
the enslavement and bondage of a brother, with its horrible con¬
sequences. It was then that he had advanced beyond his coun¬
try, and its church, to where Christ to him was larger than Creed,
and his Christianity transcended his churchianity. And from
this point Mr. Douglass never retrograded but he never ceased to
reverence the God of humanity, as he saw God.
—Rev. J. T. Jenifer, Douglass Funeral Address.