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Black Skin, Negros and Mixed Races

Despite the official end of slavery in America in 1865, the 1800’s were a time of significant prejudice and inequality against African Americans. It was during this time that religions such as the Watch Tower Society and Mormons were formed. This had an affect on some of the early views and teachings regarding black people and mixed races. For example, it was explained in a 1904 Watchtower that in the New System the skin of black people could turn white.

Viewing the quotes chronologically reveals that in more recent decades the Watchtower promotes racial equality and the first black Governing Body member, Samuel Herd, was appointed in 1999.


Watchtower 1900 Apr 15 p.122
“ “There are probably as many as a hundred colored brethren on the Watch Tower lists, some of them very clear in the truth, and very earnest in its service, financially and otherwise. We have received letters from several of these, who had intended engaging in the volunteer work, expressing surprise that in the call for volunteers in the March 1st issue we restricted the inquiry to white Protestant churches. They rightly realized that we have not the slightest of race prejudice, and that we love the colored brethren with just the same warmth of heart that we love the white, and they queried therefore why such a distinction should be made in the call. The reason is that so far as we are able to judge, colored people have less education than whites – many of them quite insufficient to permit them to profit by such reading as we have to give forth. Our conclusion therefore is based upon the supposition that reading matter distributed to a colored congregation would more than half of it be utterly wasted, and a very small percentage indeed likely to yield good results.”

Watchtower 1901 Aug 15 pp.264-266
“ “We herewith supply additional evidence on this subject from highly creditable sources … that this foreign mission world conversion delusion is doing positive and serious harm to the Lord’s true people…. “The Following reports of missionary efforts we clip from the Literary Digest:

    • “ … In commenting on the foreign results received for these vast sums, the special agent of

Reynolds’ Newspaper

    •  gives the following

facts

    • , based on his study of the official missionary reports.

 

    • “

 

    • “ “’As to Africa one quotation may suffice. Sir H H. Johnson, our present Special Commissioner for Uganda, and a man of many years’ experience in Africa, says…

 

    • “

 

    • “ “‘It too often happens that, while the negro rapidly masters the rules and regulations of the Christian religion,

he still continues to be gross, immoral, and deceitful

    • . … They (missionaries) may have succeeded in turning their disciples into professing Catholics, Anglicans, or Baptists; but the impartial observer is surprised to find that adultery, drunkenness, and lying are more apparent among the converts than among their heathen brethren.’

 

    • And again:

 

    • ‘I regret to say that, with a few – very rare – exceptions, those native African pastors, teachers, and catechists whom I have met have been all,

more or less, bad men

    . They attempted to veil an unbridled immorality with an unblushing hypocrisy and a profane display of mouth-religion which, to an honest mind, seemed even more disgusting than the immorality itself. While it was apparent that not one particle of true religion had made its way into their gross minds, it was also evident that the spirit of sturdy manliness which was present in their savage forefathers found no place in their false, cowardly natures.”

Watchtower 1902 July 15 The Negro Not A Beast pp. 215-216. 
““While it is true that the white race exhibits some qualities of superiority over any other, we are to remember that there are wide differences in the same Caucasian (Semitic and Aryan) family; and also we should remember that some of the qualities which have given this branch of the human family its preeminence in the world are not such as can be pointed to as in all respects admirable. … The secret of the greater intelligence and aptitude of the Caucasian undoubtedly in great measure is to be attributed to the commingling of blood amongst its various branches; and this was evidently forced in large measure by circumstances under divine control.” … Noah declared, prophetically, that Ham’s characteristics which had led him to unseemly conduct disrespectful to his father, would be found cropping out later, inherited by his son, and prophetically he foretold that this degeneracy would mark the posterity of Canaan, degrading him, making him servile. We are not able to determine to a certainty that the sons of Ham and Canaan are the negroes; but we consider that general view as probable as any other.””

Golden Age 1920 Jan 7 p.241 

“Even in the case of the human family, if the father and mother are of different races the children are sometimes unfit for brain work. Wonderful are the fixed laws of God.”

Watchtower 1904 February 15 pp.52-53 
“Can the Ethiopian change his skin?” “What the Ethiopian cannot do for himself God could readily do for him. The difference between the races of men and the differences between their languages have long been arguments against the solidarity of the human family. The doctrine of restitution has also raised the question. How could all men be brought to perfection and which color of skin was the original? The answer is now provided. God can change the Ethiopian’s skin in his own due time. Prof. H. A. Edwards, Supt. of Schools in Slater, Mo., has written for the public press an elaborate description of how Julius Jackson, of New Frankfurt, Mo., a negro boy of nine years, began to grow white in September, 1901, and is now fully nine-tenths white. He assures us that this is no whitish skin disease; but that the new white skin is as healthy as that of any white boy, and that the changed boy has never been sick and never has taken medicines”.

Watchtower 1914 Apr 1 p.105 
“ “WE might have anticipated that many colored people would be deeply interested in THE PHOTO-DRAMA OF CREATION. But it did not impress itself upon us until gradually their number increased to about twenty-five per cent of the whole audience. Of course, we were glad to see them, glad that they were interested in the DRAMA. We had the same feeling respecting them as others; but it was quickly discerned that it was not a case of feeling, but that, whereas the colored people of New York City are about five per cent of the population, in our audiences they are about twenty-five per cent and the number increasing. What shall we do? As the attendance of the colored people would increase, proportionately the number of the whites would decrease; for explain it how we will, a majority of whites prefer not to intermingle closely with other races. Recognizing that it meant either the success or the failure of the enterprise of the DRAMA as respects the whites, we have been compelled to assign the colored friends to the gallery, which, however, is just as good for seeing and hearing as any other part of The Temple. Some were offended at this arrangement. We have received numerous letters from the colored friends, some claiming that it is not right to make a difference, others indignantly and bitterly denouncing us as enemies of the colored people. Some, confident that Brother Russell had never sanctioned such a discrimination, told that they believe it would be duty to stand up for equal rights and always to help the oppressed, etc. We were obliged to explain the facts, assuring all of our loving interest in the colored people, and of our desire to do them good, and not injury. We again suggested that if a suitable place could be found in which the DRAMA could be presented for the benefit of the colored people alone, we would be glad to make such arrangements, or to co-operate with any others in doing so. Our explanations were apparently entirely satisfactory to all of the fully consecrated. To these we explained that it is a question of putting either the interests of God’s Cause first, or else the interests of the race first. We believed it our duty to put God first and the Truth first – at any cost to others or to ourself! We explained that we thought that all the colored brethren should know our attitude toward them – they should know that we love to serve them in any way possible and to give them the very best we have to give of the Gospel Message; and that it is only a question of whether our giving to them in one way would deprive us of giving the Truth to others. Some who were still tenacious and quarrelsome we merely reminded of our Lord’s declaration that in inviting visitors into the house it is the place of the host to say where they shall sit, and then we showed them the parable of the man who chose the chief seat of honor and was given a lower one. In answer to the query as to how our course of conduct squared with the Golden Rule, we replied that it squares exactly. We would wish others to put God first. If our personal interests are or ever have been in conflict with the real and apparently best interests of the Lord’s Cause, it is a part of our consecration vow to ignore our interests in favor of the interests of the Lord’s Cause. This is what we mean by the declaration that we are dead to self and alive to our God as New Creatures. We reminded one dear sister that the Lord enjoins humility, and assures us that unless we humble ourselves we shall not be exalted. If nature favors the colored brethren and sisters in the exercise of humility it is that much to their advantage, if they are rightly exercised by it. A little while, and our humility will work out for our good. A little while, and those who shall have been faithful to their Covenant of Sacrifice will be granted new bodies, spiritual, beyond the veil, where color and sex distinctions will be no more. A little while, and the Millennial Kingdom will be inaugurated, which will bring Restitution to all mankind – restitution to the perfection of mind and body, feature and color, to the grand original standard, which God declared “very good,” and which was lost for a time through sin, but which is soon to be restored by the powerful Kingdom of Messiah.”

Golden Age 1919 Oct 15 p.44
“..from a criminal viewpoint the desirability of sobering the southern negro speaks volumes for national prohibition.”

The Bible versus Evolution p.30
“(God) has specially blessed and favored certain branches of the Aryan race in Europe and America. But the fact, that the white race has been more abundantly blessed with the light of the Gospel than others, is not to be understood to signify that when members of other races heard and appreciated the Gospel, they were repulsed or rejected by the Lord. While the elect Church will probably be composed chiefly of the highly favored white race, nevertheless, it will probably have in it representatives out of “every kindred, people and tongue.”

Golden Age 1929 Jul 24 p.702 
Question: “Is there anything in the Bible that reveals the origin of the Negro?

Answer: It is generally believed that the curse which Noah pronounced upon Canaan was the origin of the Black race. Certain it is that when Noah said, “Cursed be Canaan, a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren,” he pictured the future of the Colored race. They have been and are a race of servants, … There is no servant in the world as good as a good Colored servant, and the joy that he gets from rendering faithful service is one of the purest joys there is in the world.”

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9 Responses to More Older Watchtower Quotes and Beliefs

  1. Ted R. (Bible Student) says:

    Thank you Brother Greg. You are in my prayers. Love of Christ be with you.

  2. Greg says:

    Ted,
    I’m a bit slow in responding to your post. Still, I wanted to thank you for sharing this. And Thanks to Br. Ronald for making his comment. The idea behind these verses and the expressions of the Apostle Paul are indeed very valid and timely reminders for us all.
    Thanks!!!

  3. jacqueline says:

    TedR, thanks for Ronald’s Facebook posting, I know him and I agree with what he has in freedom posted.
    I saw so much disagreement and being told things like, “you know the brothers don’t agree with this brother or that one”. Some classes have names of brothers that can’t speak at their conventions. Each speaker tries to one up the other (not all of them) so much that it was just a barrel of confusion and back biting. I don’t go near those meetings because they are in so much disagreement, but I accept their right to run their organization as they please.
    I don’t think God or Jesus is judging them any differently than he is all the systems of religions that man has set up. They have no more truth than the witnesses or the other major religious organizations, I have learned from many Minister’s who are very sincere.
    To say the Trinity teaching is worse than creature worship of Russell doesn’t make sense. Also to put an imperfect uninspired set of books on par with the Bible is like sticking the “shoot” under the nose of Jehovah.
    That is why I choose to go straight to the Bible and with others rely on the Holy Spirit to help us. It works and no constantly hearing Russell’s thoughts or the old Reprints explanations.
    The witnesses did progress along a better route but like the Bible Students they are date setters and are holding to and captive to the concepts of a man that had to let everything take place before the world ended in 1914. Even creating an invisible presence from the word parousia, when the word also means coming. This whole scenerio is made up using 1874 them 1878 the sleeping saints riding etc.
    For me I am thosing this poor baby out with the bath water as it has mudied the water to badly to see through the myriads of date setting and assumptions with no Biblical support.
    We, along with the Babble of long held doctrines, Trinity and date setters will learn the real truth. For now we have to allow the errors and keep loving Bible Students, Witnesses, Baptist, Methodist persons but rejecting what we see the Bible clearly not teaching.
    That is my imput on you “Sword” posting TedR and thanks for bringing food for thought each time you post. Take Care.

  4. Ted R. (Bible Student) says:

    Here is a link to Brother Ronald Day Seniors Facebook comment regarding Brother Russell. He makes some interesting observations. According to the article those Bible Students who profess to be “Russellites” are in contradiction with Brother Russell himself: (quote) “Russell did believe that the trinity denied the basis of the atonement as given in the Bible; he did not deny the divinity of Jesus. He did show from the Bible what is meant by Jesus’ divinity. The idea of the trinity is definitely anti-christ (instead of christ), as it demands a basis of atonement that is instead of that presented by the apostles. However, Brother Russell did not condemn all who believed in the trinity, nor did he claim that it was necessary to reject the trinity in order to be a Christian. Thus he referred to the Baptist brethren, the Methodist brethren, the Catholic brethren, etc.”
    “Anyone who is a “Russellite” is in a self-contradiction of belief, since Russell himself preached against being a “Russellite.””
    “Sadly, sectarianism had a great influence on the Bible Students, however, and still does to this day, although many Bible Students do endeavor to have a non-sectarian view as did Brother Russell.”

    If this is true than many of the Bible Student ecclesias are in error by their staunch insistence that we must follow all of Brother Russells teachings to gain the reward of following Christ. We know that the apostle Paul counciled against following after man 1 Corinthians . 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,[a] in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas[b]”; still another, “I follow Christ.”
    13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
    So according to Scripture, while we respect others viewpoints and Bible based teaching we never want to put any man on a pedestal. Men are imperfect, they make mistakes. That is why we must be like the Boreans and examine every “inspired utterance” in relation to Scripture. We need to be careful of any man who claims to have insight beyond what is in Scripture. If something is not clearly stated in Scripture, then it is subject to personal interpretation and is not an issue that is necessarily related to our reward or would condemn us to second death.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/ctrussell/permalink/2050627735027729/

  5. jacqueline says:

    Hi Nubby Tope, Happy New Year to you and yours!
    I am waiting for Greg to confirm 1/12/2019 at 7 pm as the date and time. He will get in touch with Br. Peter.
    For those not aware, Br. Peter is the administrator of the http://www.friensofjehovahswitnesses.com site and an elder with the Chicago Bible Students Association.
    From what I glean, he would like to listen to respond to any grievances of Xjw in regards to the Fojw site. I might be oversimplifying it but he has made a request. We had 8 votes on Saturday that said they will be on and we want all to come on. Kent is working on making sure the BBB is working.
    Because of updates, we have to follow the exact prompts of the sign in to be successful.
    I am visiting with my oldest son (48) for a few weeks in a warmer climate and I had all of my grandchildren over the holidays, so God has blessed me this far this year. I will keep faith this is proceeding according to his allowance.
    Tell us about what is happening in your neck of the woods. How is life treating you? We love to hear experiences.

  6. Nubby Tope says:

    Hi Jacqueline,

    Happy New Year to you, and to everyone else on here – all the best for 2019!

    Bro. Peter coming on here? Great! I enjoyed his Memorial Talk last year that I heard a recording of. I’m sure it was him! I like the simple way he explains things.

    I’ve been keeping an eye on Israel; interesting developments there? Hmm.

  7. jacqueline says:

    Rena thanks for your comment. This subject was brought up by me with a Bible student elder to show the reasons one wouldn’t want to keep reading this stuff over and over again in this century. He again informed me he believes every word Br. Russell wrote or tried to say maybe another person wrote those passages for him. Sadly I found many within that movement still believe these writings are from Jesus to Russell as the seventh messenger. Rather than fight the little remarks because my light was to bright and my voice too big I leave those dear friends to their beliefs and thoughts.
    God took a different approach to get me out of these systems and straight to him with only the Bible and Holy Spirit in little groups and listening to other voices rather than only one man for 70 years.
    Btw January 12th, we will have Br Peter Karavas as a quest speaker on the BBB. He requested it, to speak to former xjw. I will put it on email also for some that may not see it on here. Take Care and give my love to Larry.
    “A narrative and history of a movement can be self serving and have alternate and altered facts to deitize a mortal MAN or Men”

  8. Rena Luecking aka Just Stay Sweet and Good says:

    I truly sympathize with this dilemma of race. It has become very apparent to me that the human condition has a long way to go before it is considered “Holy” and fit for the kingdom work. How is Jehovah God going to deal with people who harbor a superior attitude toward their fellow man? My only conclusion is, he will do it in the same way he has in the past……discipline. The scriptures guarantee to us we will be disciplined IF WE ARE TRULY CALLED. The nation of Israel did not escape this discipline so why should any true Christian in this time of the end expect to receive any thing less? Hebrews 2:2 One scripture that has always stuck with me is Paul in Romans 10:20 “…….Quit having lofty ideas, but be in fear” Here he goes on to show that the garden olive can be grafted back in to its home trunk at any time. In other words, nothing is set in stone, if the gentiles prove false they can still be rejected. Jehovah God has high standards for those who are going to rule and reign with his son, but those standards are not unattainable or he would not have asked us to live up to them. May the Lord overule anything I have said in amiss.

  9. jacqueline says:

    At the General Convention of 2018 of the Bible students in Johnstown, PA, I was walking along going to the cafeteria to eat when a brother out of nowhere said, “You know sis Jacqueline, it appears as if the Lord is blessing the Aryan Race now.’ He seems to be using them in this age to get things accomplished.”
    I thought what an odd thing to say to me but ignored him as ignorant.
    Then on 2 more occasions at the same convention, I had similar things said to me by at least 2 other brothers, out of the blue. Which means it is being discussed, the black brothers and sisters coming into the Bible students.
    I had a prominent Bible student elder to start a discussion on Trump with me by his wife then he jumped in and I jumped right back in. It was a hostile conversation.
    The Chicago Bible student elders had a talk given concerning a conversation on facebook where one of my relatives called a Bible student sister a racist.
    They made sure I was there on fourth Sunday and changed the format to give a talk directed straight at me.
    I am sure since it was the husband of the woman that the brothers didn’t expect it to be so directed. Some elders came to me afterward to ask if I was okay, a couple held me tightly and said, ” ARE YOU OKAY” with looks of astonishment on their face. I am sure he didn’t say it the way they expected.
    I was told by friendsojehovahwitness admin that noone would have made me “Ask Jacqueline” one the site, but he did. I told him to remove me.
    So what I am saying is that the Bible students are reading this stuff over and over again and expressing these old outmoded thoughts. I was uncomfortable among quite a few of them.
    I didn’t feel this as much in the modern day congregation of Jehovah witnesses but they too still have these “Questions of Race”, because it comes from Charles Taze Russell.

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