Washington Post: ‘The embrace of a Scandinavian Jesus is not just foolish’ but also racist

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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.”

“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 …

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.



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