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WAS IT RACISM OR PREJUDICE 

The Civil Writer Magazine

Numbers 12 Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. 2 “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” And the Lord heard this. Prejudice refers to a preconceived idea about a particular group, while racism involves an unequal distribution of power on the basis of race. The situation with Miriam and Aaron against Moses' wife was facilitated by racism. Moses' wife was a Black woman a (Cushite) that neither Miriam or Aaron were fond of because she was Black. Because she was different they felt she didn't belong in the family based upon her skin color and nationality. With Moses Miriam and Aaron were prejudice against Moses with a “preconceived opinion that he was given all power that is not based on reason or actual experience, that "the Lord spoken only through Moses" and he would be the only one informed. Moses was their brother from the same mother According to the Torah, Jochebed was a daughter of Levi and mother of Aaron, Miriam and Moses. She was the wife of Amram, as well as his aunt. It was not racism because Moses was their blood relative and of the same nationality and culture but his wife wasn't.