Friday, December 13, 2013

The #JesusWasWhite* Thing

*spoiler: He wasn't!

In case  you missed it, Fox News television host Megyn Kelly told viewers on her December 11 broadcast that Jesus and Santa are both white men:
"Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn't mean it has to change," Kelly said. "Jesus was a white man, too. It's like we have, he's a historical figure that's a verifiable fact, as is Santa, I just want kids to know that."

Here's the "verifiable fact:" The historical figure we trace our Santa to is St. Nicholas -- who was Greek. And Jesus ... well, last time I checked Bethlehem was in the Middle East -- not Northern Europe.

The Atlantic has this excellent response: "Insisting Jesus is White is Bad History and Bad Theology."
And the ever brilliant Susan Thistlethwaite offers "It's Wrong to Worship 'white Jesus'" in the Washington Post.

So here's MY question: Now that Megyn @FoxNews has  the memo that she was wrong about the #JesusWasWhite thing who's breaking the news to her that he was Jewish?


RonF said...

What racial group would one assign Jesus to, anyway? I'm not carrying the ball for Megyn, understand. I don't even watch Fox news. But it's not enough to say "Jewish". That's a religion and at the time and place it was an ethnic group. But what race was he, as we understand the concept today?

Robert A. Black said...

Some children see Him lily white,
the baby Jesus born this night.
Some children see Him lily white,
with tresses soft and fair.
Some children see Him bronzed and brown,
The Lord of heav'n to earth come down.
Some children see Him bronzed and brown,
with dark and heavy hair.

Some children see Him almond-eyed,
this Savior whom we kneel beside.
some children see Him almond-eyed,
with skin of yellow hue.
Some children see Him dark as they,
sweet Mary's Son to whom we pray.
Some children see him dark as they,
and, ah! they love Him, too!

The children in each different place
will see the baby Jesus' face
like theirs, but bright with heavenly grace,
and filled with holy light.
O lay aside each earthly thing
and with thy heart as offering,
come worship now the infant King.
'Tis love that's born tonight!

- Alfred Burt

We Canterbury Choir folks sang that a few years ago!


Thanks, Robert!
And the "Utterly Missing the Point" Award goes to ... wait for it ... RonF!

Thanks to both of you for stopping by. Happy Advent!