We are aware that Ruckman grew up in an era in which racism was more prevalent, however some of the views he espouses now would surely have been considered extreme even during his youth. There seems to be few (if any) black Ruckmanites who in turn are well-informed of Ruckman’s many views. This should not be a surprise, as by his portrayal of African Americans it is obvious he is trying to drive them away rather than recruit them to his line of thinking. He does occasionally mention witnessing to blacks, but if some of them would have known his views in advance, it is likely they would have rejected his message. Ruckman in his writings is quick to associate something he dislikes or disagrees on with Africa, if there is some kind of connection, regardless of how remote or incidental or irrelevant. When making derogative comments about blacks, he frequently makes “all inclusive” statements, which is common when trying to create a negative stereotype. Notice how he words the following, as if there were no exceptions:
Prejudice is a permanent trait of colored people, and no amount of “Civil Rights” will ever cure it. (Ruckman, Peter. The Pastoral Epistles. 1989, p. 121)
The following all-inclusive statement is even more blatant. Notice how he uses the words “all” and “every”:
All black people are racists. They have color-consciousness that affects every decision they make in life, and they make decisions on the basis of color. (Ruckman, Peter. The Pastoral Epistles. 1989, p. 121)
In the following quote Ruckman portrays blacks as always less intelligent than whites:
If you notice that no matter how much integration is carried out, the IQ of blacks is ALWAYS lower than whites… (Ruckman, Peter. Discrimination: The Key to Sanity. 1994, p. 15)
In a 1994 book, Ruckman continues insulting the intelligence of blacks as follows:
…people who could not invent a calendar or even a wheel…If white Dutchmen had not come down there and showed "the first black man to use a white bathroom" how to farm, build, manufacture, mine, merchandise, sanitize, regulate, and organize a civilization, there would be no civilization there. It was the Shemites who built the Egyptian empire, and it is NOT in central Africa; it borders Asia and had access to all the wisdom and culture of the east (Mesopotamia, Syria, Persia, Chalead, and Israel) through the centuries. Eqypt is now the exception which the monkey men use to overthrow the rule. It is an old, old story. The rule is: unless "whitey" shows the black man how to play the piano, the tuba, the trombone, the banjo, the saxophone, the clarinet, and the trumpet, he stays squatted in front of a hollow log. (Ruckman, Peter. Discrimination: The Key to Sanity. 1994, p. 20)
In the following quote, Ruckman refers to those who want to mix the races as being “mentally sick”:
We believe that history is absolute proof that “race-mixers” are mentally sick (Deut. 32:8). (Ruckman, Peter. Twenty-Two Years of the Bible Believers' Bulletin Volume #7 Strictly Personal. 2004, p. 112)
That Ruckman makes an effort to portray blacks in as negative light as is possible is clear in the following statement:
Up in North Alabama on a Sunday afternoon, many of the colored folks gather after church to eat red clay, out of the red clay banks. They eat it raw, with spoons —trying to get back the original color. (Bible Believers’ Bulletin. Dec. 1991, p. 17)
This rare practice is known as geophagia, but it is not restricted to one race as Ruckman implies. Therefore it is an obvious attempt to attribute a negative stereotype to a particular race.
More negative stereotyping, courtesy of one of Ruckman’s Bible commentaries:
Now where are they? They are in Detroit, Philadelphia, and Cleveland eating dog food. That’s where they are. They’re killing each other. That’s what they’re doing. (Ruckman, Peter. The Books of First and Second Corinthians. Pensacola, FL: Bible Baptist Bookstore, 2002, pp. 151-152)
The following statement is attributed to one of his ex-wives, but in spite of its demeaning nature, somehow Ruckman felt it worthy to print with no objections:
My ex-wife said, “Well Julia, do you know that you colored folks, really, ah, SMELL kind of peculiar to us white folks?” (Ruckman, Peter. Segregation or Integration. Pensacola, FL: BB Bookstore, 2002 reprint, p. 44)
In his 1969 commentary on the book of Genesis (p. 268), Ruckman admitted that “a Negro hates ‘N…’” (he spells the whole word out). If Ruckman knew this derogatory term was hurtful all the way back in 1969, why did he continue to use it from the pulpit and place the entire word in print on numerous occasions in subsequent years? His disdain for a significant portion of the world’s population created in the image of God is tragically obvious.
Perhaps the most racist comment in Ruckman’s writings is the following:
Negroes have to be carried. Where they are left to themselves they resort to mugging, rape, slavery, dope traffic, and eventually cannibalism. (Ruckman, Peter. History of the New Testament Church. Vol. 2, 1984, footnote 44.9, Chapter 11)
No Christian, much less a minister of the Gospel who trains preachers, should ever state the kind of shameful and racist remarks herein revealed, in public or in private. Ruckman is in clear violation of Titus 2:8: Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. 2 Cor. 6:3 is also relevant: Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed.
Some verses to ponder in conclusion:
Lev 19:34 But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.