Have you ever seen a movie about Jesus and his life, where he was not a white guy? That would be probably hard to find especially if the movie was made in Hollywood. Assuming that historical facts about Jesus are correct, he was a Jewish Middle Eastern man. He was not from Europe! So why most Christians like to think that he was white? Some even insist on it. How else would all the Christian right wings accept him as their lord if they considered him anything else but white?
Since Europeans adapted Christianity as their main religion it must have been difficult for them to think of Jesus as anything but white. It seems quite mind bugling, isn’t it?
But how would the racist people of the world feel if Jesus was alive right now and then they would see that he has darker skin, darker eyes, and not really what you see in the movies?
In an episode of “Politically Incorrect” show hosted by Bill Maher, after the event of the September 11th, he brought up the same subject and said that “If Jesus was alive today and was going to get on a plane he would be subject to the kind of profiling that is going on these days”. Well it didn’t take long for his show to get cancelled for such comments and telling people about what make real sense.
What makes this concept even more interesting is that it’s not just the Europeans and their descendants who want Jesus to be white. It seems that all Christians prefer a white Jesus!
A couple of years ago I was taking a sociology course at a community college in the Seattle area. One day the teacher was talking about Christianity and brought up the same subject. He told the class that Jesus was not white and by today’s standards he would have been considered as brown. The teacher’s idea raised a few eyebrows but the white students did not really object to it. But a few Asian (Chinese) students in the class went berserk. “What do you mean Jesus was brown?” they said. “It’s impossible. Jesus must have been white”.
It was as if their whole world came down crumbling on them. Those students or their parents must have converted to Christianity because they believed that they will be worshiping a white god. It’s not a secret that racism in many Asian communities is quite strong and that white means “good”. Have you ever seen a picture of a Chinese Bride? Their faces are decorated with plenty of white makeup. To them, along with many other cultures in the world white brings luck and prosperity and dark brings evil. No wonder they can’t stand the idea that Jesus was not white.
I don’t believe that Jesus brought a new religion to divide people. Jesus should be a symbol for humanity and good deeds. Surely he did not think about if his followers are white, black, red or yellow or any other color. And yes, he must have looked “brown” himself!
Article written by puddlekitty