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Would it surprise you to learn that the same allegedly esteemed left-wing media outlet that ran a puff piece about the Chinese Communist Party and deceased dictator and mass murderer Mao Zedong has now come out against white Jesus?
On Monday, a day before the pro-Mao “report” dropped, the Post published a piece by columnist Michael Gerson arguing that the notion of white Jesus is a myth, given as Jesus was “a Jew from … the Middle East.”
It was an unusual declaration given that Jews are frequently accused by members of the far-left of harboring so-called “white privilege.”
#Antisemitism is dizzying.
Far left says we Jews are capitalists. Far right says we’re anti-capitalists.
Far left says we embody white privilege. Far right says we’re not white.
Far left says Israel has no right to exist. Far right tells us to leave for Israel.
— David Harris (@DavidHarrisAJC) July 24, 2020
Being Jewish and white means benefitting from white privilege in America, but occasionally you see things like “Semitic” and “Farrakhan” trending on Twitter and are reminded of why every Jew has to have an escape plan in the back of their head in case of Kristallnacht 2.0
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) July 15, 2020
Jews have white privilege. Cuz they’re white. I’m not anti Semitic for saying that. Lol https://t.co/8CH4x8bPVg
— Amna (@ahussa16) July 13, 2020
“There are admittedly no physical descriptions of Jesus in the Gospels. Traditions about his appearance, including the beard, arose more than a century after his death,” Gerson wrote.
“But there is no doubt that he was a Jew from what we now know as the Middle East. The white, European Jesus of Western imagination is a fiction produced by those who could not imagine human perfection in any other form.”
In other words, some peoples and cultures picture Jesus as white because they think minorities are inferior.
To back his thesis, Gerson cited the words of Robert P. Jones, the chief executive of the Public Religion Research Institute.
“Whites simply couldn’t conceive of owing their salvation to a representative of what they considered an inferior race,” Jones said in an email to him.
“And a nonwhite Jesus would render impossible the intimate relationalism necessary for the evangelical paradigm to function: no proper white Christian would let a brown man come into their hearts or submit themselves to be a disciple of a swarthy Semite.”
In his own words, Gerson added that the notion of a “Scandinavian Jesus is not just foolish but part of a broader historical amnesia. Jesus not only looked like a Middle Eastern Jew; this identity also made him part of an oppressed, dispossessed group. A sense of Jewish powerlessness was the social context for his ministry, and his teaching reflected it.”
In other words, Jesus was an oppressed minority, and it’s not like white people have any idea of what it means to be oppressed (examples to the contrary here, here and here).
Gerson has received a fair amount of criticism from social media users over his attacks on white people and his inability to understand Jesus’ universalism.
Like one critic wrote, “He was a Jewish man living in Roman-controlled Israel. No doubt he was olive-skinned. But people love to create art depicting Jesus in the ethnicity that best matches their own. This includes Chinese and African depictions of Jesus. In other words, who cares?”
The people who work at outlets like The Washington Post, apparently …
No duh. He was a Jewish man living in Roman controlled Israel. No doubt he was olive skinned. But people love to create art depicting Jesus in the ethnicity that best matches their own. This includes Chinese and African depictions of Jesus.
In other words, who cares?
— Auntie Sam (@auntiesam_usa) August 4, 2020
When you included “imagination” you lost your argument. Certainly there are those that try to triabilize Christianity but for the most part it is very much a religion of inclusion. For those without faith this may be a hard concept to understand.
— Richard Heller (@RichardHeller19) August 4, 2020
Most educated Christians don’t debate the color but may joke about his depiction coming from that part of the world. When we die, I think 🤔 worrying about the savior color will not be important. Only this world of hatred and inequality are trying to put Jesus in a box
— E. Smith (@Erv461) August 4, 2020
Why is Washington Post spreading racial discord among Christians? These people aren’t Christians.
Jesus skin color is irrelevant, he’s our Lord for all races.
— 🇺🇲🇺🇲 Cindy Claire 🇺🇲🇺🇲 (@Cindyclaire77) August 4, 2020
It’s no secret humans tend to create gods in our own image. Obviously Jesus wasn’t fair skinned & blue eyed. Over centuries Jesus has been reimagined as many things. Typically he reflects the orthodox culture which celebrates him most – western white cultures.
— Neo-Herodotus (@NeoHerodotus) August 4, 2020
The same western white cultures who exalted him up as a “God” in the first place.
— Neo-Herodotus (@NeoHerodotus) August 4, 2020
Derpy dies in Derpness. Funny how, in your own gd hometown, you could go to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and see representations of Jesus from every culture on the planet. But that would require, you know, legwork and journalisiming.
— John (@Opposed_Twin) August 4, 2020
A day after the publication of Gerson’s clearly labeled opinion piece, the Post ran an alleged “report” about the goodness of the Chinese Communist Party. That piece was equally poorly received.
WaPo has absolutely lost their minds. Who reads this crap? Who takes it seriously?
— The GOAT (@TheGOAT97457257) August 4, 2020
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