The following piece is not a rant or a diatribe against white people nor is this piece written as an invective against the white race. However, this is a piece that is written to uplift my African and American ancestry. I am a proud African American and don’t want to be anything else.
When white people embraced Christianity they flipped everything upside down and Europeanized everything and made everything that was not white, evil. Meaning that everything of color was bad. This is why when white missionaries went to African and Asia, they told the indigenous people of the lands that everything–down to their name–was heathen and not Christian. In order to be “saved” white people made the African and Asians change their names from what their mothers and fathers named them, to in order be named by Europeans.
I cannot understand why we hold up this Michaelangelean portrait of Jesus! Michaelangelo did not see Jesus no more than you or I did–Michealangelo was painting a picture of his relatives!!!! So of course Michaelangelo would paint a white man. So when all of these people run around and say they have visions and say Jesus looks just like he did in the picture I really the validity of their vision.
So, if white, heterosexual males are the dominating class and race why should I worship and follow and image that they portray? Why should I support and embrace something that was used to oppress me? This is why, for me, I unequivocally cannot embrace white images of biblical characters. Particularly that of Jesus.
Imagine in the pre-civil rights period here in America where in black churches, pictures of a white Jesus hang, but yet outside of the church building a white face was that of oppression–how can one worship the oppressor? This is why liberation theology preaches that Jesus and God embodies that of the marginalized and oppressed.