Golden Age 1926 May 5th p. 483. Races of the British Empire

OF THE grand total of the population of the British Empire, which is calculated to be 463,000,000, only one person in seven is of European stock. The remaining 397,000,000 are governed only by the superior mental, moral or physical force of their white rulers. This superiority is disappearing and the powers of the colored races are expanding.


YES – Golden Age, July 24th 1929:

Is there anything in the Bible that reveals the origin of the Negro? It is generally believed that the curse which Noah pronounced upon Canaan was the origin of the Black race. Certain it is that when Noah said, ‘Cursed be Canaan, a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren,’ he pictured the future of the Colored race. They have been and are a race of servants.. There is no servant in the world as good as a good Colored servant, and the joy that he gets from rendering faithful service is one of the purest joys there is in the world.

NO – The Watchtower 8/1/1953 p. 478 Questions From Readers

Incidentally, when some try to say this curse caused some men to be black-skinned they show ignorance of the Bible record, for colored peoples did not descend from the cursed Canaan.

NO – Awake! 10/8/1975 p. 11 A Book of Myths or a Misrepresented Guide?

The man Noah pronounced a prophetic curse on his grandson Canaan, but no divine curse was ever pronounced upon the black race.

The Watchtower taught that black people will be made perfect and white in the new system:

Zion’s Watchtower 2/15/1904 pg 52-3

“Can The Ethiopian Change His skin color? …what the Ethiopian cannot do for himself God could readily do for him. 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.”

Interestingly, the organization ridiculed the Catholics for saying the same thing 100 years ago, that the WT had said just 48 years earlier:

Awake! 10/8/1977 p. 29

Even up to a hundred years ago the Catholic Church held the view that blacks were cursed by God…What great harm has resulted from the misapplication by churchmen of this Biblical curse! The slavery of African blacks, and their mistreatment since the days of slavery, can in no way be justified by the Bible. The truth is, blacks are not, and never were, cursed by God!

Finally adding:

Awake! 2/8/1982 p. 14

“How foolish it is to interpret God’s curse on Canaan as referring to a dark-skinned people.”


Golden Age 1927 Nov 30th p,141

“Centuries before, anticipating the settlement of North America by a liberty-loving people, Satan had sought to forestall it through the voyages of Columbus and the resulting effort to people it with Spaniards and other backward races under the influence of Rome.”