One of the single most significant occurrence in the world is black bondage. Approximately 9-11 million Africans are documented who are considered as slaves. Some are not even documented, especially those who died during raids, at the hands of slave traders, those who died on the transatlantic routes due to illness and diseases and those who are buried on all the surrounding islands. Lately, a mass grave of nearly 5,000 dead bodies of African slaves was found in St. Helena and many more have been discovered recently.
Slavery had been a common practice in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas. A victorious warring nation will capture the inhabitants of the defeated nation as slaves. Whether the Caucasians are at fault or the Africans are to share in the blame, occasionally, Whites will use Noah’s curse on Canaan as the basis to justify black slavery. Churches are actually on the forefront of slavery during black slavery period. Perpetrating evil in the name is extremely evil. I don’t blame several blacks who cannot fathom the horror lest serving the same “God” that was used to enslave them. This is absolutely a wrong perception. Every living soul perished with the first creation when God used the flood to wipe everyone off the face of the earth. Noah found favor in the eye of God and he was spared with his family and in-laws and 2 of every living creature (Genesis 7: 1-24). And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. (Gen. 7:12 KJV). The Gilgamesh tales also told of such a story where a flood caused the demise of the inhabitants of the world. The water abated after 150 days, the ark rested on Mount Ararat in modern day Turkey before dried lands emerges from the waters (Gen. 8: 1-13)
After the episode, Noah initially built an altar and becomes a husbandman planted the first vineyard recorded in the bible. He became drunk and uncovered himself. Ham, most likely, the youngest son of Noah, saw the nakedness of his father and told his brothers. However, Shem and Japheth went and covered their father’s nakedness (Gen. 9: 20-23). Many have interpreted this particular this being a “homosexual act” and not merely seeing the nakedness of his father. Bible didn’t specify this and there was nothing to back this up. However, it should be noted that seeing one’s parent naked is a big deal then as opposed to what we have nowadays where we don’t have respect for our bodies. We show our bodies indiscreetly often without a problem.
Regardless of the turn of event, when Noah woke up and he realized what his younger son had done, he placed a curse on his grandchild; Canaan; Ham is the father of Canaan. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. (Gen. 9:25 KJV). Ham is the father of Canaan, Cush, Mizraim and Phut. Canaan is the father of the Phoenicians (Palestine). Mizraim is the father of the Egyptians whereas Cush is the ancestor of the Ethiopians. Phut is the father of the Libyans. A cursed was placed on Canaan and not on the blacks at all. Ancient Egyptians and the modern blacks share similar DNA. For example, Rameses III had haplogroup E1b1a; a subtype of E-V38 found in Y-chromosome often found among black males. Being on Y-chromosome meant the gene can only be transformed from father to son. E-V38 is common among the Bamileke in Cameroon, Ewe, Ga and Yoruba people in Nigeria.
The curse was partly fulfilled in the scripture when God called Abraham from the region of Mesopotamia to an unknown land. It should be mentioned that Abraham was a descendant of Shem to which God promised him the kingdoms of the Canaanites, which are the Sidonites, Amalekites and Jebusites etc. They were utterly destroyed as recorded in the Old Testament when the Israelites came out of slavery under the Pharaohs of Egypt. Some of the neighboring cities and countries whom the Israelites failed to conquer were eventually assimilated.