Black and white dating quotes
Despite the official end of slavery in America in 1865, the 1800's were a time of significant prejudice and inequality against African Americans.
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.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 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.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 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 difference between the races of men and the differences between their languages have long been arguments against the solidarity of the human family. 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.
The doctrine of restitution has also raised the question. But it did not impress itself upon us until gradually their number increased to about twenty-five per cent of the whole audience.
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.