Alveda King: We Are ‘of One Blood’ and ‘One Human Race’

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Breitbart:  “Consciously … I made a decision that I would not defend anybody for being called a racist, anymore,” replied King. “I would not fight against people and call others racist. I would come up with this particular truth. We hold many truths to be self-evident. Well, this should be one of those truths. Of one blood, God made the human race. God created the human race.”

King recalled, “My uncle, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said we must learn to live together as brothers and sisters, or perish together as fools. Well, you can’t be brothers and sisters with a different race. So we are one blood. We all bleed the same, and as a result we are the human race.”

King continued, “Now, we have different ethnic groups — different ethnic distinctions — and that’s a good thing. We should celebrate our differences. We can’t go around and say, ‘I don’t see color. I’m colorblind,’ because if you don’t see my color, you have a deficiency. Colorblindness is a medical condition. It could be a spiritual condition. Open your eyes. See me. Celebrate me. Love me. Respect me. Regard me, and I will do that for you as my brother or sister. So we can see color.” more …

Opinion: Editor and I have learned to turn to Scripture when discussing polarizing topics with family and friends. On the subject of Creation and race, Ken Ham and the Answers in Genesis team provide a God-centered platform that will inform and enlighten:

Dr. Georgia Purdom: “Have you ever been “people watching” in a shopping mall and noticed how different people look? So many shapes, colors, and sizes! In family photos that include my adopted daughter from China, it’s easy to see some of those differences. They aren’t major but nonetheless visible. My daughter will tell you that my eyes are rounder than hers and my skin is lighter brown. If all people descended from Adam and Eve as the Bible makes clear (Genesis 3:201 Corinthians 15:45), why do we look so different?

The Bible gives us the answers. Although Adam and Eve are often shown to be fair-skinned and blond, this was unlikely. To derive all the different skin shades from one couple, Adam and Eve likely were middle-brown in color. If Adam and Eve had a mixture of “light color” genes and “dark color” genes, then their descendants could have a wide range of skin color from very light to very dark, with most people somewhere between (as seen in the world today). Adam and Eve likely possessed genetic variation for eye shape and other distinguishing characteristics as well.

As people migrated from Babel, different groups became isolated from others and likely married only within their language group. Each group carried a set of physical characteristics as determined by their genes. As they intermarried, certain characteristics would begin to dominate due to the group’s small pool of genes. Over time, different people groups displayed distinct physical characteristics. For example, Asians typically have almond-shaped eyes, dark hair, and middle-brown skin, whereas Europeans have round eyes and fair-colored hair and skin.

The term race is often used to classify people based almost solely on physical characteristics. According to evolutionary ideas, these so-called races descended from different ancestors separated by location and time. However, based on biblical history, the term race must be incorrect. We are all one race (“one blood” in Acts 17:26), the human race, descended from two ancestors, Adam and Eve.

When we stand boldly and confidently on God’s Word, we can correctly understand the unity and diversity of the human race.”