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Clarification of the identity and role of Black Americans is a central task in finding the path to achieving lasting racial harmony in our country.

Black Africans, who came to North America initially as slaves, have been in this country from its very beginning. They are no less fundamental to the identity and history of the United States than are White European immigrants.

In fact, it is inappropriate to refer to them as African-American and group them together with Africans who have been welcomed to America in recent times to seek freedom and prosperity. The experience of recent African immigrants and the experience of America’s slave descendants is strikingly dissimilar.

The connection of a slave to Africa and to personal tribal history was purposefully, thoroughly, and permanently severed at the time of capture, hundreds of years ago. A more informed, and in fact more respectful reference, giving deserved honor to their true identity, course and contribution would be “Slave-Descended Americans.”

Slaves and Slave-Descended Americans helped build this country. For generation after generation, they paid an unimaginable price as this country slowly matured. They fought in every one of our wars.  They created flourishing churches in every village and city where they have lived. Their unique contribution to our culture is our national treasure. This is their home.

What is the true identity, role and value of the Slave-Descended American?

Did they really come to America merely as a source of free labor, or was there a higher providential purpose?

If there was a providential purpose, what was it? Did they, do they, have a central role to play in the emergence of the United States as the leading Christian nation?

What was the spiritual heritage they brought that resonated so fully and powerfully with the  Christianity from Europe?

Why did they need to suffer so much? Is there a benefit from that suffering? Should that benefit be appreciated and uplifted for the good of our country?

Please share your thoughts below.

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Scott Simonds
Scott Simonds
23 days ago

However, there is still an element of oppression and exploitation among people who do not understand their role as servants to relieve the resentment of Cain. It’s not enough to apologize and perform acts of kindness on an individual level. Jacob was victorious in the Abel position because he offered everything to Esau in addition to his loving words. Those of us who have accumulated wealth and power must support exploited people to regain what was lost. Spain, for example, has reparations policy to match funds raised to help indigenous communities. American cities are tearing up highways with low usage… Read more »

Scott Simonds
Scott Simonds
23 days ago

Continue Reverend Moon observed that there were two motivations for the conquest of undeveloped nations by Europeans. One was to obtain the wealth of those nations in terms of material suck as gold and human labor. The other was to bring Christianity to those people. Missionaries were sent to African tribes, indigenous people in the Andres and Native Americans. Missionaries regarded indigenous people as human beings. Slave traders and conquistadors did not. The belief that Africans are sub human existed in many Christian communities as well as Christian missions. Thus, two views of indigenous blacks, North and South Americans, as… Read more »

Scott Simonds
Scott Simonds
23 days ago

Rev Oliver does an excellent job portraying the black history of slavery and dissociation from African roots. He identifies two histories that shaped American race relations and proposed that they be viewed in a providential context where the two races can be understood as having a higher purpose providing a framework for reconciliation, love and Harmony at a new level. This, he proposes, is a God centered viewpoint as opposed to a “humanistic’ approach that separates the two races based on resentment and unresolved sins of the past. He does present the DP teaching that contemporary history, horizontal history, is… Read more »

David Burton
David Burton
24 days ago

On the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre I think any discussion needs to acknowledge the pain and suffering experienced. Can we cry with the loss to families and cultures? As a white person I must take such suffering into account and not whitewash over it. I can’t ignore it and only judge from the present. I am still part of the problem. Such suffering does not go away on its own, but merely passes into the spirit world. From where it still affects us today.

Chris Noble
Chris Noble
24 days ago

It is important to study and learn from the history of slavery. Slavery and racial conflict existed everywhere for thousands of years, including in the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans and in Africa until recently. We must learn from the past but we shouldn’t live in the past: dividing the broad diversity of people into a few groups based on arbitrary definitions of “race” is like dividing them by “religion”. Both dimensions of social division have led to violence and oppression everywhere in the past. Every individual deserves equal rights and equal opportunity, and the right to value… Read more »

Robert Beebe
Robert Beebe
25 days ago

Very sorry, I meant Rev. Oliver.

Robert Beebe
Robert Beebe
25 days ago

Rev. Taylor, this is a very important conversation for us to have as there are forces at work today to exploit the suffering of slaves brought to America (along with the horrendous treatment of Native Americans) to deny the very legitimacy of the nation itself. There are those who would use the sin of slavery in America’s past to deny the important steps which have been taken to eliminate racism, segregation, and Jim Crow laws. The civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s was all about challenging America to live up to the vibrant words of the Declaration of… Read more »

Bruce E. Smith
Bruce E. Smith
25 days ago

This website has a easy framework to describe American Descendants of Slavery, which I consider myself to be. White Denial is going to be a challenge for people to open up about, but let’s see. On ADLC Website scroll down this page and look at the the books at the bottom. These are part of the discussion I believe would focus on the heart of God, and center our discussion correctly toward the goal of Liberation and Restoration: Liberation of the suffering Heart of our Heavenly Parent and Restoration of the Ancestors who in the Spiritual World are far from… Read more »

Katherine Duncan
Katherine Duncan
25 days ago

I am a descendant of American slaves. My ancestors were among those who were bred as slaves and sold as property. My ancestors were bred to be dumb, docile, subservient, and obedient. We knew nothing of our African culture nor were we allowed our European inheritance. We were “made in America, made by America, made for America. AAAmerican! We are America’s only begotten children. Our role in America is to take ownership and responsibility for our country’s success and for its well-being. We love God and have continued to demonstrate our love for our enemies.

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