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FROM THE FAKE NEWS EMPORIUM AT THE NEW YORK TIMES: JESUS WAS A PALESTINIAN

Historical revisionism and anti-Semitism at the New York Times is nothing new for a newspaper that often sides with “Palestinian terrorists” than it does with Israel…

As a Black Child in Los Angeles, I Couldn’t Understand Why Jesus Had Blue Eyes by Eric V. Copage

As Christians prepare to celebrate Easter, a Times journalist wonders how others first visualized Jesus as a child — and what those images mean now. Share your experience in the comments. 

I must have been no older than 6. I was in church in my hometown, Los Angeles. Parishioners fanned themselves to stay cool in the packed, stuffy room.

On one side of each fan was an illustration of an Ozzie and Harriet-like American family — father, mother, son, daughter. All were black, like the parishioners in the church. On the other side was an illustration of Jesus Christ — fair skinned, fair haired, blue eyed.

Something seemed amiss to me about that depiction of Christ. Why was he white? Why was he not black, like my family, like me?

As I grew older, I learned that the fair-skinned, blue-eyed depiction of Jesus has for centuries adorned stained glass windows and altars in churches throughout the United States and Europe. But Jesus, born in Bethlehem, was most likely a Palestinian man with dark skin.

Read the rest of the article, in full and in context, at the New York Times. 


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Eric V. Copage was a reporter at the New York Times and has also been an editor at the New York Times Magazine. He is also a book author and has written extensively about Kwanzaa.

Eric has contributed to the food pages of the New York Times Magazine and is author of Fruits of the Harvest: Recipes To Celebrate Kwanzaa and Other Holidays; Soul Food: Inspirational Stories for African Americans; and Kwanzaa: An African-American Celebration of Culture and Cooking.

Historically speaking, Jesus was Jewish and looked like the other Jews of his time in and around "Judea." Palestinians are Arabs who were not known to inhabit the area until 700 years after the death of Jesus. Therefore, one can conclude with some degree of historical certainty that Jesus was not a “Palestinian man with dark skin” but more likely an ancient Israelite/Hebrew with somewhat dusky/ruddy olive skin which is neither white nor black. Unfortunately, the biblical prohibition of creating graven images left us with no guidance as to the true look of Jesus. Perhaps it would be prudent to consider his “teachings” and not focus on externalities.

Bottom line…

It would have been nice, as well as historically accurate, to include a single declarative statement that Jesus was Jewish in his story.

For some modern Christians, it may be fashionable to consider Jesus to be an “other,” a Gentile born in a Jewish body but I can only ask, What would Jesus think?

-- steve


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