What explosive emotions have erupted when Megyn Kelly of Fox news declared that our Jesus and Santa were white men? Let me focus on Jesus, which will readily address the Santa nonsense.
Jesus was black.
No wait, Jesus was a middle-eastern Jew, so he was probably more olive skinned, possibly browner, but definitely not black.
Of course, I am kidding, Jesus was Asian… or Indian.
No matter what, I think we can at least agree that Jesus was not white with blond hair and blue eyes, but only because his hair was brownish and eyes were hazel.
In America; a country obsessed with race, privilege, and oppression while being largely ignorant of other cultures historical narratives; it should come as no surprise that many believe the race of Jesus is just as, if not more important, than his message.
I will settle the question of Jesus’ ethnological make-up once and for all right now as I have uncovered a divine truth: no one will ever know exactly what “race” Jesus was and arguing about it is pointless.
In America, we almost always see Jesus depicted as a white man. This is because America has been majority white throughout its history, thus media and art has catered to its primary audiences.
For many in the black Christian community, this has made Jesus less relatable.
When you take a look at the history of the Roman province of Judea during the late Roman Republic and Early Empire period, the time just prior to Jesus’s life, you see a group struggling to assert itself and its identity in the face of imperial subjugation. From the Maccabees to the destruction of the Second Temple, the Hebrews fought with Rome constantly.
Jesus as the suffering servant speaks to Black America: slavery, oppression, crucifixion/lynching, and a struggle to be recognized as full citizens and have its particular culture respected and protected by the majority.
But image can mean everything and white Jesus sends a mixed message to certain people. The visage represents superiority and privilege, the history says struggle.
But what if I told you that the Bible depicts Jesus as black? Not only that, his mother was from Africa. And there is evidence that the original Jews were black, not olive to brown skinned.
Suddenly, a black Jesus changes the narrative. It makes sense and speaks to the black community in a way a white Jesus never could.
Except black Jesus is as much a myth as white Jesus.