"Black People Will Turn White as They Near Perfection"

by cameo-d 46 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • cameo-d

    I found this quoted by a few people on another thread and they attributed it to WT teachings.

    I would like to know for sure....did WT actually teach this?

    Or was some speaker making this up?

    If you are of African descent, and you heard this....how did it make you feel?

    Do you think WT has promoted white supremacy?

    Do you think it is still implied in their teachings today?

  • WuzLovesDubs

    Hey it worked for Michael Jackson! :)

    Yeah they actually did say that.

  • blondie

    In a copy of the Watchtower (dated 1/10/1900), the magazine recounted the case of the Rev Draper thus:

    From Black to White He Slowly Turned … Rev William H Draper .. gave a living affirmative answer to the famous Biblical question, ‘Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots?’ Though once as black as charcoal, the Rev Mr Draper is now white. His people say that his color was changed in answer to prayer. Many years ago Draper was employed by a fair-skinned man, and he was often heard to remark that if he could only be white like his employer, he would be happy.

    While in the white man’s service Draper ‘experienced’ religion. From that day forward he prayed constantly and fervently that he might become white … He first experienced a prickling sensation on his face, and upon close investigation found a number of small white spots scarcely larger than the point of a pin. He became alarmed, thinking he had some peculiar disease but he did not suffer and aside from the prickling sensation felt nothing unusual. Gradually the white spots became larger and extended themselves, until now, after the change has been in progress for over 30 years, Draper has not a single dark spot on his body.

    Here’s another example, from the Watchtower of 15/2/1904:

    Can The Ethiopian Change His skin color? No. But … what the Ethiopian cannot do for himself God could readily do for him. The difference between the races of men … 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 … Julius Jackson, of New Frankfort, Montana, 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.

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  • recovering

    sorry for some reason it will not allow me to paste the articles i will try to link them


  • minimus

    White is right....according to Russell.

  • White Dove
    White Dove

    They went by a kid's words that it was not a skin condition and wrote an article saying it wasn't. Good research!

  • minimus

    See! If you pray long and hard enough, you too can become white!

  • jeeprube

    I'm speechless.

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