Skip to comments.HuffPo News Flash: Mormons Don't Think Jesus was Black
Posted on 09/12/2012 9:20:59 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
Finding racism in ridiculous places: It isn’t just for MSNBC anymore. The Huffington Post has performed a neat trick, exercising its own religious bigotry by accusing someone else of racism. The result is a breathtakingly inane article. (The crusade to re-elect Obama has spurred his media acolytes to heroic exertions, hasn’t it?)
Writing in HuffPo on Sept. 9, Paul Harvey and Edward J. Blum broke incredible news: Mormon iconography commonly includes a statue of a white Jesus! And that white statue first appeared in Salt Lake City in 1966, “the middle of the Civil Rights movement.”
The image, called Christus, is “based upon an old Danish statue from 1821,” according to Harvey and Blum. “He became even more poignant of a symbol after 1978, the year Mormon leadership lifted its bans on people of color from the priesthood.” Poignancy must be in the eye of the beholder.
The kicker here is that Harvey and Blum claim to be exploring why Christus hasn’t caused a “cultural firestorm” the way “Jeremiah Wright’s sermons about a black Jesus killed by white Romans” did in 2008. Wright’s black Christ“nearly derailed his former parishioner Barack Obama's candidacy.”
This is laughable on two counts. First, if the Wright revelations ever posed a danger to Obama’s campaign, it had nothing to do with the media. Second, what bothered those who actually knew about Rev. Wright were statements like “God damn America,” and the one about 9-11 being “America’s chickens coming home to roost.” Wright’s radical Anti-Americanism was troubling, not his ideas about Christ’s race.
So why aren’t Americans scandalized by the LDS Jesus? Again, Messrs Harvey and Blum brought this stunning revelation: we’re used to it.“Simply put: the black Jesus of American history historically has been threatening, while white Jesus imagery, at least since about the 1830s, has been so normative and dominant that it is assumed to be accurate,” wrote the authors, and thank goodness they put it simply. A concept that complex is tough to get one’s arms around.
Let’s see. Yes, the Christ on the cross in Catholic churches is whitish. And, sure, Hollywood seems to turn to white actors when portraying the Nazarene. And Greek icons make Him look, well, Greek. He’s black in some Ethiopian Christian depictions.
Since there are no photographs or contemporary descriptions of Christ, each culture imposes its own physical ideas onto Him, and in representations He ends up looking like a member of that culture.
Salt Lake City is only about 2.5 percent African-American today. And it’s not exactly synonymous with the racial turmoil of the Civil Rights era. Chances are, a Jesus statue erected there in 1956 or 1976 would be just as white as Christus.
“Even in the age of multiculturalism and a plethora of challenges to the historic iconography of the American Jesus, the white Jesus remains the norm, unnoticed and uncontroversial,” Harvey and Blum wrote. And it raises a question: If it’s uncontroversial, why write about it, except to slime Mormons and help your guy keep his office?
Guess what HuffPo, Jesus was probably only one race... Believe what you want about which particular race that was. That means a whole lot of other races are going to be left out. So I guess by HuffPo logic, anyone that holds any opinion on what race Jesus was is racist - including (probably, maybe) most everyone at HuffPo too.
Tomorrow the filthy rich, / Boy Scouts, /
Some poster said why doesn't HP do it
Ah, but do Mormons believe Mohammad was black?
Jesus will appear what ever skin color is looking upon Him
I thought he always looked more like Charles Bronson, than Ted Nugent.
Christ was Semetic, not black, and therefore caucusian. But here again, the media didn’t care in 2008 that Obama’s preacher and “mentor” was a white bashing, anti-semetism spewing demagogue. No, that didn’t matter a whit. But Mormons like other Christians seeing Christ as likely caucasian is the scandal of the century. The lunacy of the US news media in this election is beyond all bounds. They need to seriously self-examine when this is all over with about how they all collectively lost their minds, their professionalism and any sense of propriety.
well, if HP wants to pay $5 an hour it’d be greatly appreciated in CHINA.
Seriously they could double the pay if every worker were 3 times as productive and half were laid off.
Are Jews considered black??
Silly me, I always assumed He would look Middle-Eastern because of the region’s climate — neither Nordic caucasian nor sub-Saharan black. Had He been either of those two, or if He had any other distinguishing physical characteristics, I am pretty sure it would have been noted and commented about in Scripture.
Edward J. Blum
Please, do not for one moment think this is a simple juvenile snafu.
They have not lost thier minds, nor thier intellect, nor thier sense of propriety.
They are bound and determined, and believe they have the power and the right, to completely and utterly destroy this country as we know it.
They have been working on infiltration and technique since the end of WWII, and have honed it to a fine edged sword, with which to repeatedly stab this country in the back.
Do not for one moment think there is ineptness or water treading going on here.
They mean, and coreograph every snippet, every inch of tape, every sound wave for perfection and impact to deceive you and i, while this country slides further and further.
The actual puppets are in fact those elected officials on the left, including the bass turd currently at the head of the whole scam.
Um, I thought this question was resolved, circa 1970 or maybe just 70.
Jesus was a semite, a jew, like a modern day israeli jew (what do they call themselves? sabras? Is that a bad word, am I a racist?), like an Arab you stupid gits.
I swear, I will be glad to die, even if I go to hell, just to be away from these stupid people.
Jesus was not “black” like an african or “white” like a European, he was a middle eastern guy, since he lived his entire life in the middle east.
This is why my hair hurts....all the time...since 1968.
I want to smoke pot now, it’s the only cure for my hurting hair.
LOL, I like your flash card analogy, EXCELLENT.
I’m going to use it when needed, but I’ll give you full credit GeronL
amen dude, amen.
Mormons don’t think Jesus was back?
Well, is he?
Isn't that pretty much the way they make TV?
"You got me with that one."