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Ellen G. White’s Use Of The Term “Race War”, and Related Insights

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    D. Ellen White saw the race question as being a matter of continual potential sensitivity, and hence there would always be a need for concern and balance in dealing with it. 1For relevant race principles revealed in Ellen White’s writings in connection with this subject, see Appendix D

    The external conditions she predicted were the result of an internal problem, and thus she spoke of the “spirit of slavery” (November 20, 1895, The Southern Work, 67, 81). She saw that in the unconverted heart the issue would ever have a potential explosiveness about it, to both blacks and whites.EGWUTRW 27.7

    In 1909, during the period of the fulfillment of the “race war” and “slavery” predictions, she wrote in the Testimonies, volume 9, concerning the relations between the races: “The relation of the two races has been a matter hard to deal with, and I fear that it will ever remain a most perplexing problem.” 2Testimonies for the Church 9:214.EGWUTRW 28.1

    Ten years earlier she had written the same phrase in a letter to “a responsible minister,” which is recorded in full in The Southern Work, 84 (dated June 5, 1899).EGWUTRW 28.2

    In spite of the advances made and the fact that conditions are vastly improved over what they were in the early years of this century, twentieth century man still deals with the reaction to previous problems and their current manifestations. Though there should be thankfulness over progress achieved, sensitivity, caution, and balance should still characterize those who deal with race relations today.EGWUTRW 28.3