Just in time for Easter weekend, the New York Times published a story by Eric Copage, a black writer who made the determination that Jesus was not much like he is often portrayed in paintings – a white guy with blue eyes and long, flowing hair. Indeed, Copage has decided that Jesus was more likely to have dark skin not unlike his own. Copage even went so far as to tell readers that Jesus was a Palestinian, because hey, why not just rewrite history altogether?
“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,” Copage wrote in Friday’s edition of the Times. “But Jesus, born in Bethlehem, was most likely a Palestinian man with dark skin.”
Copage made no mention of the copious evidence that Jesus was Jewish, despite that being central to the gospel and obvious throughout the text of the Bible. But you know, that would get in the way of the 2019 narrative, which is that anything tainted with white people, the West, and Christianity is bad, and everything associated with Arabs, Muslims, and “people of color” is good. Well, unless you’re talking about Saudi Arabia, a country that has been put in the “bad” box because it makes for an easy way to attack Donald Trump.
Taking Jesus away from white people has been a longterm goal for the left, but we’re pretty sure this is the first time we’ve ever seen a writer opine that he was a Palestinian Arab. We’re surprised Copage didn’t come right out and declare Jesus a Muslim.
“Now, even though cultures across the world may at times show a Jesus that reflects their own story, a white Jesus is still deeply embedded in the Western story of Christianity,” he continued. “It has become often impossible to separate Jesus and white from the American psyche. I am also interested in how white Christians feel about images of Christ. How do you feel about the possibility that Christ may not have looked the way he has been portrayed for centuries in the United States and Europe? If you’ve seen Christ depicted as a man of color, what was your reaction?”
How about: What difference does it make? Sorry, but this is the kind of thing you write when you’ve never actually had any serious interaction with white Christians. Copage is narrating the story of his grievances through the lens of liberal confusion, and it’s obvious that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Arabs didn’t come to the land now known as the Palestinian territories until many, many years after Jesus walked the earth.
We’re sure it gave all the liberal Jews at the Times a thrill to see a black writer “take down” white Jesus, but it just left the rest of us wondering how far this newspaper will sink before it’s all said and done with.