I’m Saying Goodbye to White Jesus

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Growing-up I had an image of Jesus; I’m talking about a literal picture that graced our family room, my Catholic school hallways, and the homes of most of the Christians I knew.

With angular features, blue eyes, and flowing golden hair, this Jesus was attractive, dignified—and decidedly white.

And it was this depiction of Christ that quietly shaped my faith and my understanding of the world in ways I’m only now just beginning to understand and slowly learning to jettison. This is the subtle racism so many white Christians are born into and the one that runs silently in the background of our spiritual operating systems.

Often we’re completely unaware of it, but when the Jesus you see in your head looks like you it’s almost impossible not to view yourself and others with a distorted lens; one where you are more in the image of God than another, more possessing of dignity, more deserving of respect, more worthy of love.

While I would never have taken ownership of any overt bigotry as a young man, (and certainly would have violently rejected the label of racist), looking back I’ve been able to see how my whitewashed portrait of Jesus told me a false story about God and about people of color. It made me more fearful and less compassionate.

I’m beginning to realize the invisible barrier it has often been to me more clearly seeing and being moved by the inequality around me. Sure, I’d say that God so loved the world and could recite that Jesus died for all people, but subconsciously believing that I was what God looked like insulated me from the suffering outside my window when it proved too frightening or inconvenient.

And the saddest thing is how many people there are like me, who should know better. In these days of such pain and division and grieving, the silence of so much of the white Christian Church here has been conspicuous and damning, especially from limelight-chasing Evangelical pastors and preachers who always seem burdened to comment on every real and manufactured tragedy. They’re normally never at a loss for words.

Now… nothing.

And the defiant refusal of so many white Christians I know to even utter the phrase “Black Lives Matter” or to recognize the disparity of experience across color lines or to name the violence against black men by police, even armed with crystal clear video evidence, tells me that they still unknowingly worship and serve a very White Jesus and still probably see God as ultimately in their image.

And this is rendering too much of the white American Church a quiet, complicit spectator right now, when it should be fully engaged on the front lines of the messy work of peace and justice. It should be confronting its own. It should be facing itself.

I’ve never believed in the flimsy narrative of our country as a “Christian nation”, but from its very inception power and privilege have been in the hands of religious people with a white Christ. These folks have written the story of faith and race in this country—and it isn’t pretty. It needs to be rewritten in realtime right now and this is the critical work to which we are called, and the work I want to be part of.

The more I seek to be a pastor to all people and the more I try to fully reflect the character of Jesus, the more I’m convinced that I have to reject and discard this image of a Caucasian Christ, not because I’m ashamed of my whiteness but because I don’t want to make an idol of it.

America is here in this place of violence and acrimony and disconnect, largely because white people of faith have failed to accurately recognize and fight for the God in their brothers and sisters of color, and it’s a flat-out sin worthy of our full repentance. We cannot be silent in these days or we will be proving our allegiance is not to God but to our own likeness and self-preservation.

I spent this past weekend in Atlanta, and as I walked a busy and diverse Midtown neighborhood with helicopters hovering overhead from BLM protests across town, I tried to notice each individual person as they passed by—to really see them. As I did I imagined that the particular pigment in their skin was the very color of Christ; looking intently to see the Divinity specifically revealed in them. 

It made the ordinary ground all around me more holy and it gave me a reverence for people that I haven’t been aware of before. Yet with these revelations I grieved the billions of times I chose not to see this way, all the times I overlooked Jesus in my midst, all the ways I unknowingly saw or treated other people as less-than because of the color of their skin. 

Church, until we can clearly picture the God reflected in all of humanity equally, we will continue to purposefully or unintentionally devalue those who look or talk or believe differently than we do. We will continue to tolerate or nurture the very racism that still so afflicts our nation.

I am determined to living the rest of my life as a Christian humbled by the presence of Christ in those around me. As a white Christian who wants to be part of a more redemptive season in America’s history, I’m saying goodbye to White Jesus so that I can fully find him in the eyes of all my neighbors.

His black life matters.

 

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93 thoughts on “I’m Saying Goodbye to White Jesus

  1. John Pavlovitz…I don’t think it’s ‘saying goodbye to white Jesus’, but saying welcome to Asian Jesus, Native Jesus, Black Jesus, Female Jesus, Homeless Jesus, Prisoner Jesus, LGBTQIX (yah, I said it) Jesus – because Jesus is all of humankind, in all of humankind’s colors, ethnicities, sexual orientation, gender, economic state, etc.

    • “I don’t think it’s ‘saying goodbye to white Jesus’, but saying welcome to Asian Jesus, Native Jesus, Black Jesus, Female Jesus, Homeless Jesus, Prisoner Jesus, LGBTQIX (yah, I said it) Jesus …”

      I love it. But it is also instructive (and provides a little reality check) to remember that the human Jesus of Nazareth would have probably looked like today’s Middle Eastern citizens: brown skinned and black-haired. Most likely with brown eyes. I think this picture of Jesus is especially necessary for White Christians to hold in their minds.

      • Yes, I had to smile at that first comment. White Jesus is a baseline for those of us who grew up white and xian in this country. Let’s try a thought experiment…Jesus was never and *never will be* white. Like, EVER. Thank you for this, John.

        • Wow I have often wondered how someone could hate people of color just because of the color when Jesus had colored skin, I really was more shocked! it is a sin to not love your neighbor yet some Christians don think twice about being racist! I really think that they refuse to believe Jesus was colored! Is this only in America that Jesus is betrayed white? I’m curious!

      • Except for one thing. Physical anthropology is the science that studies the biological nature of humankind—all humankind. Physical anthropology officially defines and classifies the peoples of the Middle East as Caucasians. That is a scientific fact. The skin of Jesus may have been olive and his hair may have been black (really no doubt were), but technically, he is a Caucasian white. So are most of the much darker-skinned peoples who live in India. As some of you kind folks know, I am a professional anthropologist and this is my field of study. However, the good news from anthropology over the past 50 years has come through the study of race and racism from a biological and genetic standpoint The conclusions: the whole notion of race as it was understood in the 19th and early 20th centuries is totally bogus. We are all the same people—in spite of certain differences in our outward appearance like skin color. Look at ALL of the human genetics and biology, and the conclusion is inescapable. We are all brothers and sisters—just like God set it up in the creation parable in Genesis 1. Can I have a “high-five” brothers and sisters?

        • You all paint with too broad a brush. I attended a Roman school even as an Anglican, saw the picture of Jesus as you describe got a painting from my father in Germany during WW2 of Jesus in the Garden. Never focused on his skin color or hair just knew who he is. Until now I never thought of differences in color or how it could make any particle of difference. To say I am casting aside a white Jesus is to say I am casting Jesus aside. People that know a great deal more than me about ethnicity or dna can have all the intellectual discourse they want or need but I find it repugnant to cast Jesus ,white,brown, black, yellow hair,brown hair, black hair or no hair aside borders on blasphemy.
          He is God of all . Why try to paint him into a corner.
          My view is that he would not be pleased with this “casting” action,
          Never really considered this coloration consideration till u brought it up.
          King of kings,and Lord of Lords does not have to have an acceptable skin or hair color.
          Shame on you for making me think of this.
          Respectfully, Walter Turner

          • He was not trying to change your picture of Jesus to an “acceptable skin or hair color” as you say. He was saying, if you see Jesus as white in your mind’s eye, try to not let that keep you from equally seeing Jesus in the faces of everyone else, of every race.

      • When my heart stopped at when I was almost 5 1/2 years old, I saw Jesus who had tan skin dark brown hair close to being black, but wavy, similar to the people in India , and had such blue eyes that I could see my reflection. However, that doesn’t mean that others would see Him the way I did. I remember vising some of my family’s friends. On the wall, they had a picture of Jesus, being Black. I was just 5 and asked why would they have a picture of Him this way, while another friend’s family had Him depicted the way most people and Churches do. I being Jewish at the time , was curious. they told me, that it was more important to focus on what Jesus said and what he stood for , rather than what He looked like. These words were spoken from a Black family. I do however, feel badly for people who feel that they are beung discriminated against, by the one who includes all. In my mind, the Lord is a rainbow colored who being, who doesn’t represent one race, but to all.

    • Common sense and the OT/New Testament lets us know Jesus’ countenance.

      John P says about himself, ‘…I certainly would have violently rejected the term racist..’

      It is curious that he used the word ‘violent’ .

  2. I too remember growing up with all these graven images of a blue-eyed, dirty blond haired Jesus. While at grad school at Penn in Philadelphia, I was privileged to go into some black churches and finally see historically accurate renditions of Jesus, with dark skin and dark hair. We do not follow a white Jesus. He transcended all skin color, tried to unite all skin color-and DIED for all skin color. And I agree bro-He was no white Jesus, nor did He ever intend to be…

  3. “For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”
    Isaiah 53:2‭-‬3 ESV

    Should not our first thoughts of Him be His character, not His appearance? I grew up looking at a sienna’d picture of Jesus on our livingroom wall; distinctively Middle Eastern… And that was great to me. His form is not what comes to mind, ever. Coincidentally, right now I’m working on a portrait of Jesus… Having an awful time of it. How do you draw Love?

      • I imagine many people have rolled their eyes at your trivial post of science fiction … but that is really our ego speaking to us…the same ego that wanted John to see his white Jesus as his reflection.
        Realization that our galaxy contains some 300 billion stars, most with planets…and the universe some 200 billion galaxies … some day a scene like this will play out.
        What lessons can we pre-learn without further delay?
        Didn’t expect to find one on Star Trek.
        Thx for your post

    • Yikes, that is an impossible task but want to see what you develop. Why take on something so impossible? Ones I have seen in Italy are simply gorgeous. If you want to paint another of those it would be easy to simply copy but to paint His message and his soul would be impossible. Try and let us see it. Maybe you are the chosen one.

  4. I wish the Christmas carols of Alfred Burt were sang as often as traditional ones, especially the one “Some Children See Him”, lyrics by Wihla Hutson. This song speaks to a universal image of Jesus but also presents an intimate image that can be easily related to by any race or culture.

    • One of the blessings, as well as one of the problems, we all have, is identifying Jesus as “one of us.” Identifying him as “one of us” helps us to feel closer to him, as if we share common bonds, and makes him feel more “personal.” The problem with it, of course, is that it makes him, “like us,” and not “like them;” so it enables us to not see the Christ in the other, and not react with empathy or love toward the other. The challenge should always be to see him in “the least” in our eyes, and so, if we want a more personal Jesus, be forced to draw closer to the “least” in order to have a personal relationship with Christ. Every white church, in other words, should have a black or Arab-looking Jesus, every Evangelical church perhaps one that is gay or trans, etc. We should not strip Jesus of his humanity however – it is as “God in the flesh” that he meets us, in his particularity. It is, however, in that “particularity” as the “least” that we need to meet him and, in meeting him, thusly, be saved by him.

    • How lovely that you mentioned that old carol. I haven’t heard it for years but found it playing in my head as I read John’s post. It was a favorite of mine as a child.

  5. Do y’all not see that you are essentially saying ‘all racial versions of Jesus matter?’ Please. Just let him be a Middle Eastern man, even for just five minutes.

  6. Ironically, as a Middle Eastern man, Jesus looked Muslim, not European. This white image of Jesus has long been one of my church pet peeves.

    • In (1500 BC) the Egyptians depicted ancient Israelites in their paintings. Some with blond hair, red hair, blue eyes, & some with dark hair, dark eyes. There were many lighter skinned Jews, with light colored hair, European features, etc. They were a mixture of racial types.

      It’s most likely he was olive skinned, dark hair, dark eyes. But it is possible that he had a light complexion, and had light eyes.

      One thing we do know, he was unremarkable, & plain to look at, maybe even ugly.

  7. Amen!
    Instead of saying all lives matter, Jesus said, “Samaritan lives matter.”

    Instead of saying all lives matter, Jesus said, “Children’s lives matter.”

    Instead of saying all lives matter, Jesus said, “Gentile lives matter.”

    Instead of saying all lives matter, Jesus said, “Jewish lives matter.”

    Instead of saying all lives matter, Jesus said, “Women’s lives matter.”

    Instead of saying all lives matter, Jesus said, “Lepers’ lives matter.”

    Even though Jesus loved everyone, even to the point of dying for their sins, he went out of his way to intentionally help specific groups of people — the alienated, mistreated, and those facing injustice.

    So saying “Black Lives Matter” is one of the most Christ-like things we can do.” —Stephen Mattson

    (speaking poetically, not literally, but still truthfully)

    See: https://www.facebook.com/KissingFishBook/photos/a.188695787826500.54678.188533647842714/1360025920693475/

    • …which is why, when I became no longer able to call myself a Christian, nor a Christ-follower, due to the perversion of Jesus’ role from demonstrating compassion for the least of us in favor of pandering to the wealthiest by the loudest and most vile “Christian” leaders, I decided to call myself a Samaritan. Whether “Good Samaritan” or not depends on whom you ask…and those who know the answer, know there is only ONE question: What *WOULD* Jesus do?

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  9. John, as does some of your other posts, this one too, leave me almost speechless. Thank you for articulating the way that you do. I, as an African American child grew up with the same image of Jesus that you did. All that we read in the South came from the workings of White publishers, so we had no choice. As having that image of Jesus ingrained in the minds of White America gave them an illusion of superiority, it likewise gave African Americans and other darker races an illusion of inferiority. Fortunately, I was raised by a dad who reflected the spiritual image of my heavenly Father so, for me and that is what I unintentionally focused on. Thanks for saying what we all need to hear.

    • Thank you, Lucille, for helping me understand a bit from your experience. I am working on getting the courage to learn that I may need instruction, and the imagination to see myself at least a little from someone else’s perspective.

  10. Jesus stayed away from political issues. His focus was on the souls of individuals. If enough of the nation’s souls are connected to God, issues like what you’re taking about will be resolved in a peaceful way but if the issues continue to be led by the Authoritative priestly class and unbelievers, wars and rumors of wars will persist. It was the priestly class who had Christ killed. Jesus died to finish his earthly life, not to save us from our sins. We must do that ourselves. Was Jesus White? What color his eyes were or the color of his hair has nothing to do with why he came or the message he brought. All the major religions are static and outdated, not just Christianity. Revelation is personal and continuous so if you feel the calling to change the look of Jesus, go for it.

  11. Jesus stayed away from political issues. His focus was on the souls of individuals. If enough of the nation’s souls are connected to God, issues like what you’re taking about will be resolved in a peaceful way but if the issues continue to be led by the Authoritative priestly class and unbelievers, wars and rumors of wars will persist. It was the priestly class who had Christ killed. Jesus died to finish his earthly life, not to save us from our sins. We must do that ourselves. Was Jesus White? What color his eyes were or the color of his hair has nothing to do with why he came or the message he brought. All the major religions are static and outdated, not just Christianity. Revelation is personal and continuous so if you feel the calling to change the look of Jesus, go for it.

        • One thing white people should do (and I’m white and Cherokee) is start reading the Bible for themselves. Many white Christians erroneously think the Bible doesn’t describe the appearance of Jesus. Here are a few.

          Revelation. 1 :14-15
          14. His head and hair were white like wool–white as snow–and His eyes like a fiery flame.
          15. His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and His voice was like the roar of many waters.
          And some cross references
          Ezekiel 1:7
          Their legs were straight and their feet were like a calf’s hoof, and they gleamed like burnished bronze.

          White people do not have hair like wool. Hair like wool describes tight curls , and having bronze skin, well, that I think is self explanatory.

      • I agree. He did not shy away from political issues. He dug in, and said the most politically incorrect things ever said! Like, ‘You brood of vipers… your Father is the Devil!”.

        He had those politicians (the religious leaders) shaking in their boots.

        • Not trying to be contrary—just thinking that they were not really shaking in their boots in fear. They were angry at the things He said and wanted to kill him because of it. If you think someone is weak enough to be killed, you are not usually afraid of them in a conventional street fight sense. Just sayin’.

          • –yes, the religious leaders were ‘shaking in their boots’ for fear of losing their power.

            Dread. Fear. Panic. Shock. Indignation…. are other words that describe their state.

  12. Thought of this song by Joan Osborne – ‘One of Us’

    So one of these nights and about twelve o’clock
    This old world’s going to reel and rock
    Saints will tremble and cry for pain
    For the Lord’s gonna come in his heavenly airplane

    If God had a name, what would it be?
    And would you call it to his face,
    If you were faced with Him in all His glory?
    What would you ask if you had just one question?

    And yeah, yeah, God is great
    Yeah, yeah, God is good
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

    What if God was one of us?
    Just a slob like one of us?
    Just a stranger on the bus
    Trying to make His way home?

    If God had a face, what would it look like?
    And would you want to see
    If seeing meant that you would have to believe
    In things like Heaven and in Jesus and the saints
    And all the prophets? And…

    Yeah, yeah, God is great
    Yeah, yeah, God is good
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

    What if God was one of us
    Just a slob like one of us
    Just a stranger on the bus
    Trying to make His way home?

    tryin’ to make His way home
    Back up to Heaven all alone
    Nobody callin’ on the phone
    ‘Cept for the Pope, maybe, in Rome

    Yeah, yeah, God is great
    Yeah, yeah, God is good
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

    What if God was one of us
    Just a slob like one of us
    Just a stranger on the bus
    Trying to make His way home?

    Just tryin’ to make His way home
    Like a holy rolling stone
    Back up to Heaven all alone
    Just tryin’ to make His way home
    Nobody callin’ on the phone
    ‘Cept for the Pope, maybe, in Rome

  13. Oh, boy did this ring a bell! Also a Catholic school girl, it was heretical to picture him as anything but blue/hazel eyed, dark blond hair. He was slim and sometimes almost feminine. Somewhere in my teens (always the rebel) I reasoned that he was a real guy, a guy from the Middle East and there seemed to be no way that guy fit the images I looked at. I was also an illustrator and from the time I could draw with purpose, drew the Jesus I thought him to look like, much to the chagrin of the nuns and priest. I never could figure out why just changing the look of the Man we purported to be the Son of God would change our perception or care for him. I guess one transformational moment in my years of questioning was when I did a Nativity portrait and showed Mary pregnant. You don’t want to know the fallout on that one! From then on, my journey didn’t always include rote answers from the Baltimore Catechism. So, yes, I guess you could say I, too, said goodbye to white Jesus.

    • That’s cute. Mary was pregnant—but she did not look pregnant. Maybe we should add another miracle to the New Testament.

      News Flash: “Woman in Judea gives birth to healthy boy child. How did she do it with a 17-inch waist line and no sign of bulging. No one knows. Rumors claim no man seed was involved.”

      I think we often forget that the birth story Jesus would have been a front page headline in the ancient National Enquirer.

  14. Thank you, John, for saying things so well. You are a gift. I am glad your alternative to ‘white jesus’ was the Jesus we see in whoever is in front of us, rather than some semitic or other middle-eastern type. Jesus was semitic as Martin Luther King Jr was black and as you are white, in a sense incidental to the core humanity in either of you (and me). I do have some discomfort with the term ‘racist’ applied so generally. We all grow up inevitably ‘suffering’ from ‘like-ism’: People like me feel more safe than different people. I don’t think this is inherently wrong. What Jesus proposes (and MLK Jr and others pick up and practice) requires some internal change that frees us from fear of the unknown, otherwise, we are wise to play safe. What brings about that change and why have we in America (other nations are not off the hook, either, but that is not the immediate issue here) not yet seen more of this change? In fact, at times it seems we are going backward toward fear. And that includes to a large extent those who are supposed to have been freed from fear through faith in Jesus.

  15. And so the distortions of the bible continue to accumulate.
    So amazing that especially the white race molds every bible verse to their own belief system making a mockery of the messages so well hidden in plain sight.
    Not only is Jesus distorted from a physical description but the biggest distortion of all is the truth he brought to the world. Too much to say here but few are those who truly understand what the “Christ Nature” teaches us.

  16. Excellent article John!

    I take it you don’t believe the classic portrait of Jesus that everyone has, that used King James as the model, resembles the real Jesus?

    [Artists at that time used their patrons or other nobles as models. It got sonsored better that way for some strange reason.]

  17. Personally, I always disliked any depictions of Jesus. It’s too constricting.

    I prefer to ‘see’ him through his own words. The word is more informative, and the imagination can be at work simultaneously . [Like radio is better than TV. :-)]

  18. John, this is beautiful. You’ve been clear in the recent past about your anger and frustration; in this post, your vulnerability and humility is convicting.

    I’m in the same boat. Though not raised Catholic, it’s easy to make God in my own image, rather than the other way around, because it is so. easy. to be small-minded. These were powerful thought experiments, ones worth replicating.

  19. Jesus has never been White John, he was Israeli. You dope. I can’t believe you are a grown man who hopefully attended a University and not some “Bible College” and you are just now discerning that a couple of Golden Book Artist from the 50’s portrayed Jesus of Nazareth as caucasian. That was their mistake, and it took you your whole life up to now to realize they took artistic liscense with your children’s illustrated Bible and the Sunday School literature published by Zondervan Publishing, et al. Funny side note, every single living breathing Jesus that I know is Hispanic, Jesus being a common given name in that ethnic group. The teller at my bank is in fact a latino whose given name is Jesus so every time I go to the bank I get a receipt that says ” Thank you, Jesus was proud to be of service to you today.” Now isn’t that a reason to put my money in savings? Anyway, that might make a great blog some day. “Thanks for letting Jesus serve you today.”

  20. This is really silly nonsense! Anything as universal as a Jesus figure must defy racial categories completely. There is nothing wrong in seeing yourself in such an image if it helps you to have a spiritual connection. Anything beyond this is just a meaning less emotional indulgence. A concept of deity has to transcend race in order to be universal. Who cares what color your picture of Jesus is!

  21. If Jesus were particularised and localised—if, for example, He were made a man with a pale face—then the man of the ebony face would feel that there was a greater distance between Christ and him than between Christ and his white brother.’ Instead, because the Bible refused to describe Jesus in terms of racial features, his gospel could appeal to all. Only in this way could the Church be a place where the ‘Caucasian and Mongolian and African sit together at the Lord’s table, and we all think alike of Jesus, and we all feel that He is alike our brother’.

  22. Thank you, John, for showing how dangerously warped our cultural prejudices can be in influencing our behaviour and attitudes. so often those influences are unconscious, until we bring them out into the light, like you have done here, and examine them closely. You teach us to examine ourselves so we may do all in our power to be more like Him. I love that He is all things to all men and that we should strive to be the same in His power and by His love.

  23. There’s a good book about this type of concept by Matt Mikalatos called Imaginary Jesus. He goes into the different ways that people make Jesus fit into their mold in order to feel more comfortable and then ends up running away from all of the preconceived ideas that he previously held.

    • Imaginary Jesus. Spot on comment Andy, now why didn’t I think of that title. So far I haven’t had much success selling my screen play “Jesus was a shapeshifter” to any one interested in making it a movie.
      Personally I want to see The Son of God as female, I’m female after all, I want my Savior to be female but I was quite a fan of “Saving Grace” and God was an English Bulldog which seemed totally appropriate. Shapeshifting can be the only explanation.

  24. Well, you’re in luck… there never was a Jesus. No evidence. No witnesses. Missing decades to his “life.” Just a fabrication by the Romans during their war with Judea to bring in anti-semitism to the new religion they were crafting.

    But yes, the first image of Jesus was as a mule man… then black and Arab and finally changed into the Pope’s son. Congrats.

  25. Well if there never was a Jesus then I’m a figment of my own imagination. I was and never will be. Thanks for the reality check. Not.

    • Susan, Tweedle Dee, who is with me here behind the looking glass says he does not understand what you are saying. Was Jesus your parent? Savior is not synonymous with parent. The Red Queen says she is concerned about your grasp of reality.

      • In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
        John 1:1‭, ‬3‭-‬5 ESV

      • Excuse me, but I don’t think Susan has said or done anything that would deserve the attitude you are taking with her. What is the nature of your offense—and from whence cometh it? Thanks.

  26. Morning Charles! Ha! I commend your self-restraint! No worries. Alice is irreverent and I don’t play with irreverent.

  27. It is not because black constables gun down black people; nor is it because some police precincts are predominately black and operate in largely black communities. It is not because more whites than blacks are killed by police, although all minorities together [Blacks, Hispanics, etc.] are murdered as frequently as whites. While these points are true, while mental illness is often an issue, and while race is very much at issue, it is not because of any of these things for which I believe that narrative re-direction is needed. Something moves we are not seeing.

    Recall that until the 30s and 40s, lynching was a daily occurrence. Now, some 85% support interracial marriage. Only a few decades ago, this was patently unimaginable. Before the enormous strides of recent decades, the narrative that this is primarily about race is a libel against the public.

    In the predominately Black community of View-Park Windsor Hills, California, few people are assassinated by police. But then annual household income in that community averages $157,000. Assassinations don’t happen in affluent minority communities. Black, Hispanic, White – what binds together the slain is their economic status. As socio-economic crises arise for which the state can offer no solutions, laws and weapons alike are aimed at the poor and working class.

    The ruling class is deeply invested in identity politics [race, orientation, origins, religion, etc.]; it lives in dread that identity politics divisions will be crossed and peoples united by class consciousness – and in the US, especially racially.

    Ruling class lives also matter. So do police lives. So do refugee lives and undocumented migrant lives. Yet when powerful economic and political structures structure relations in ways that divide communities and nations alike, this must be addressed in Jesus’ name. This is new territory for many of us. But as you say, John, some things need to be said.

    Do black lives matter? They matter immeasurably. Unless they are poor! Then, along with poor Hispanic, Mediterranean, Asian and White lives – they matter naught.

    Oh and I am a practicing Christian, and a socialist. So you needn’t ask. Blessings!

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  29. Jesus is God and Jesus is Man; the color of God is never mentioned, so I guess color is not an issue when it comes to God. Jesus the Man was born of the lineage of David an Israelite descended from Jacob. etc.etc. descended from Abraham a man from Ur of the Chaldees in the area of what is now Iraq and Abraham was in the end descended from Adam. So I guess what tribe or nation anyone is from is of no importance when it comes to a persons importance or standing before God, so it seems that the only thing that is important to God according to scripture is ones relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Black, white, brown, yellow, tan; all are irrelevant to God. So in the final analysis a Christian is a person who is color blind.

    Therefore, all lives matter! When we come up with slogans such as black lives matter or any other color matters we are making divisions in the family of God that ought not exist. I can understand non-Christians committing this error because before one realizes his or her position before God (all are sinners) they are by their very nature, full of bias and even hatred against this group or that (be they nations, colors, individuals.

    Truly believing in the Lord Jesus Christ makes bias and hate painful to the Christian conscience and and therefore avoided. In saying this I am speaking of the true Christian, not the nominal christian, who in the final analysis is a phony by definition.

    So, let us forget color, nationality, religion; all of it; To the Christian All Lives Matter; all men are allowed the salvation that is offered by the blood of Jesus Christ. All Lives, Every Life, every Man Woman, and Child on this Earth matters to God and it should matter to us!

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  31. Frank,Thanks for the information. I do try to have an open comments section within reason. Obviously there are limits. Taking apart Fatima's claims can educate people on both the tactics and mindset of our enemies.

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  33. It’s difficult for humans to believe in anything that doesn’t have a race or a gender. Hence the comfortable construction of “Jesus.”

  34. Whatever dude.
    The vilification of whites has no stronger supporter than its own population.
    Don’t guilt trip your own culture because a few artists renderings of JC didn’t suit your sense of ethnopolitical empathy.
    The Son of God transcends race.

  35. Sounds like you suffer from white guilt. I’ve never considered what shade Jesus was. Only his message. There are a lot of folks out there who see the world through the prism of race, gender etc. They try to separate people into groups and then pit the groups against each other. I don’t think we need that out of our clergy

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