Ken Ham's Answer to Racism: 'Believe in Genesis, There Are No Truly Black or White People'

Ken Ham in front of the Ark Encounter theme park that opened in Williamstown, Kentucky on July 7, 2016.
Ken Ham in front of the Ark Encounter theme park that opened in Williamstown, Kentucky on July 7, 2016. | (Photo:

Young Earth Creationist Ken Ham believes the answer to racism lies in people trusting the literal account of Genesis and the story of Adam and Eve, which he said shows that there are no truly black or white people, but instead all are part of one race and one family.

"The answer to racism is believing the true history of humans in Genesis (as confirmed by science): we're all one race — not different races," Ham wrote in a Twitter post on Tuesday.

"When politicians and media talk about 'races' of humans, they are actually fueling racism there's only one race, the human race," he added.

Ham, who is the president of the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter, the recently opened life-sized version of Noah's Ark, further argued that "there are no truly black or white people — all are basically brown (pigment melanin) — but differing shades because of genetic variability."

He said the Bible shows that all humans are descendants of Adam and Eve, and as such are all part of one race and one family.

"All are sinners and all need to judge behavior against God's Word," he added.

What is more, he encouraged people next time they fill out a form asking for their race, to write in "Adam's race" — "cause all humans are descendants of Adam, all are one race, one family," he explained.

Ham has written a number of articles on the Answers in Genesis website arguing this point, and back in 2007 directly criticized Chieftains who believe that interracial marriages violate God's principles.

"According to the Bible, the priority in marriage is that a Christian should marry only a Christian," he wrote at the time.

"Sadly, there are some Christian homes where the parents are more concerned about their children not marrying someone from another 'race' than whether or not they are marrying a Christian."

The AIG president urged churches to relieve the tensions over racism by speaking biblical truths, such as the need for all people to "build their thinking on God's Word and judge all their cultural aspects accordingly; all need to be one in Christ and put an end to their rebellion against their Creator."

After the June 2015 shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, where 21-year-old Dylann Roof confessed to killing nine people during a Bible study in one of America's worst hate crimes in years, Ham again insisted that all people are simply various shades of the same basic color.

"It was the event of the Tower of Babel that resulted in different people groups (NOT races) and the minor exterior differences we see in the human race today," he argued, and insisted that using terms such as 'races,' 'black race,' and 'white race,' only worsens such problems in society.

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