CHERYL D. UZAMERE PRESIDENT A.D.E. ON JEWISH RACISM
A Word From AFRICAN DIASPORAL ENTERPRISES's President Cheryl D. Uzamere
Lack of Knowledge Fosters Hate and Fear
Knowledge Fosters Understanding & Encourages Needed Change
On Saturday, August 30, 1997, I had a very interesting conversation with two people while I was at Kings County Hospital. One of the patients was a young woman from Haiti; the other was a Hasidic man. Our discussion involved the Genesis account of the flood of Noah's day -- a popular biblical account among Jews and Christians alike.
During our discussion, the Hasidic man said that black people are cursed by God. I grabbed my bible and looked in the book of Genesis, Chapter 9 and told the gentleman that my bible says that Canaan was cursed. The man said that this is what the Bible means.
When the Hasidic man first told me that story, the Haitian woman and I laughed at him derisively, but inwardly I was shocked. For one thing, I believed that since the book of Genesis was originally written in Hebrew, there would be no one better to understand the words of Genesis than a native speaker of Hebrew. To hear a native speaker of Hebrew state definitively that based on a book that was originally written in his native tongue that blacks are cursed by God hurt my feelings like few things in my life ever have.
For three years thereafter, I did not try to research the Hasidic man's claims. I deluded myself into believing that he was as crazy as his claim. I tried to push his disturbing words to the back of my mind in an attempt to drown out the shame associated with being viewed by members of his group as accursed. There were many days when I succeeded in forgetting the Hasidic man's words, but eventually the protective filter of my subconscious mind would collapse and the words would come flooding back to my conscious mind like a mighty ocean held against its will by a small bottle.
During the year 2000, the Hasidic man's softly words finally became such a roar that I finally worked up the courage to research them on the internet. My primary search parameters were "curse of Canaan" and "curse of Ham." The findings were even more shocking that I ever could have imagined.
Mr. Wieder's words, the Hasidic man with whom I spoke, and the corresponding information regarding his softly spoken words started me on what is now an almost 11-year quest for the truth regarding the curse of Ham/Canaan, and more importantly, the role this belief played in the oppression of those individuals who are members of the "accursed" class. This journey of discovery encompassed nearly every negative emotion imaginable: denial, extreme sadness; fear; shame; resentment; anger, murderous rage until finally, an unquenchable urge to expose the horrors associated with this slanderous myth.
Although I will always resent what I perceive to be the audacity of a group of people who are so ethnocentric that they have no qualms ignoring the pain that their own culture has created for this "accursed" group of people, I am now focused on accomplishing three things: 1) developing a healthy tolerance for members of this highly ethnocentric group, realizing that they too have a sad story that continues until today; 2) disseminating to members of the "accursed" ethnic group the origins of this slanderous teaching; 3) developing in members of this "accursed" ethnic group the moral backbone to peacefully but in a determined manner tell the world that we will no longer sit by in dumb, fearful silence while a small, but powerful minority within this ethnocentric group continues to promulgate the slanderous teaching that lead to the worst Holocaust that this world has ever known; and 4) demanding reparations for the past and present oppression the "accursed" class continues to suffer as a result of the secret promulgation of this slanderous myth by descendants of the aforesaid myth's authors.
If you are a member of the "accursed" ethnic group, once you have reviewed this website in its entirety, you may feel the same emotions that I felt. You have a right to do so. However, remember that a lack of knowledge based on a refusal to learn closes the mind and fuels suspicion and hatred. A desire for accurate knowledge will allow one to consider all sides -- not just one's own -- so that one can make an informed decision that will benefit all involved.
Please do not use this website as an excuse for hatred of any ethnic group. This is not its purpose. Use it to expand your cultural horizons by learning about different ethnic groups. Use this website to foster respect for your own culture. Most important, use it to disseminate this website's information to your family, friends, neighbors and strangers who are members of the "accursed" group so that the slanderous teaching that resulted in the past oppression of the ancestors and the continued tyranny of their descendants is exposed like the dysfunction that it is.
Secrecy breathes life into any dysfunction; silent acquiescence gives it the power to exist and thrive. Exposure -- the harsh light of honest, objective, public disclosure is the death knell of dysfunction.
Let all lovers of truth and justice work together to expose and destroy this slanderous, murderous teaching as a warning to those who are determined to benefit by its secret use and as a comfort to those of us who have been its victims.
FROM "THE UGLY TRUTH"