THE HANDS OF THE BLACK
It was like that because they always went about their hands folded together, praying in secret.
God made their hands lighter like that so they wouldn’t dirty the food that they made for their masters, or anything else that they were ordered to do that had to be kept quite clean.
it’s only because their hands became bleached with all that washing.
It was like this:-Long ago, many years ago, God, our Lord Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, St. Peter, many other saints, all the angels were in heaven then, and some of the people who had died and gone to Heaven- they all had a meeting and decided to make blacks. Do you know how? They got hold of some clay and pressed it into some second- hand moulds. And to bake them of the creatures, they took them to heavenly kilns. Because they were in a hurry and there was no room next to the fire, they hung them in the chimneys. Smoke, smoke, smoke- and there you have them, black as coals. And now do you want to know why their hands stayed white? Because their hands are tied.
God finished making men and told them to bathe in a lake in heaven. After bathing the people were nice and white. The blacks, well, they were made very early in the morning, and at this hour the water in the lake was very cold, so they only wet the palms of their hands and the soles of their feet before dressing and coming into the world.
The black hands are lighter like this because they spent their lives bent over, gathering the white cottons of Virginia and I don’t know where else.
God made Blacks because they had to be. They had to be, my son. He thought they really had to be…Afterwards, He regretted having made them because other men laughed at them and took them off to their homes and put them to serve as slaves or not much better. But because He couldn’t make them all be white, for those who were used to seeing blacks would complain, He made it so that the palms would exactly like the palms of other men. And do you know why that was? Of course, you don’t know, and it’s not surprising, because many, many people don’t know. Well, listen: It was to show that what men do is only the work of men…That what men do is done by hands that are the same- hands of people who, if they had any sense, would know that before anything else they are men. He must be thinking of this when He made the hands of the blacks be the same as the hands of those men who thank God they are not black!
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