Easter: How Many Churches Will Admit Jesus Christ Was Black?

Let me start by saying I mean no disrespect to those who are genuinely religious but how many Churches will tell the truth about a Black Jesus Christ? How many will confess and correct history? How many churches will admit Jesus Christ was Black?

Today is Easter Sunday, my least favorite holiday. As a child, I remember being tortured by what seemed like all day sermons of weird scents and boring hymns. It’s the day to reset your sins and start from scratch. Isn’t it wonderful to do so once a year? That may explain why it’s the only day most people attend Church.

I grew up Catholic and was the youngest in a Catholic boarding school run by nuns (mean ones too). That meant mass every damn morning before breakfast with Easter service lasting hours. It was pure torture for a 5-6-year-old. (I may have been a year younger or older)

As an adult, what I most resented about Easter was the inaccurate portrayal of a white Jesus that never existed. All over the world, Churches have images and statues of a blonde hair blue eyes white Jesus Christ. Such a creature did not live in the area during those times.

In fact, the earliest Christians pictured both Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary as dark-skinned Africans with woolly hair. Isn’t Easter about confessing sins? When will churches confess their sins of hypocrisy and lies told over the last few centuries? When will religions and churches stop selling a myth that Jesus was white? How many Churches will this Easter glorify a white Jesus? How many will tell the truth?

Funny how the erasure of black culture changed the entire complexion and story of Jesus Christ. Why did that happen? How can one continue to pray to a God whose history man desecrated with lies?

Easter lost its significance years ago for me. What will you do this Easter? Will your Church tell the truth that Jesus Christ was black?

 

Image of Black Jesus Christ
Image of Black Jesus Christ

Author: Angela Grant

I am a first generation Jamaican immigrant whose experiences and accomplishments were made possible by the courage, sacrifices and the heroic acts of many whose bodies have rotted away in unmarked graves. Those are my heroes. Their sacrifices and death paved the way for my children and I. Failure to Listen is a token of my eternal gratitude. Failure to Listen is a tribute those generations of unmarked graves occupied by people of all races whose ultimate sacrifice of life opened the door for me and others, THANK YOU. Failure to Listen https://failuretolisten.wordpress.com/ uses cultural lenses to appreciate and understand the relationships between current events and our values, beliefs and attitudes. Culture is everything without it we are nothing. Failure to Listen will take you on a journey to recognize the beauty of our differences as the seeds to creativity, innovation and resolving disparities. By sharing my personal and professional experiences, I hope to do justice to the perspectives of those who are rarely heard or listened to. This site is not to incite anger but rather to provoke thought. It is my hope that Failure to Listen will work to foster intergroup dialogues and motivate readers to step outside the box and get to know ALL PEOPLE. In the spirit of Martin Luther King, let's join hands and remember his famous speech about a dream... A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

33 thoughts on “Easter: How Many Churches Will Admit Jesus Christ Was Black?”

  1. Hmmm…my guess is that the skin would probably not be really dark, but moderately so like Middle Eastern skin tends to be.

    You bring up a good point about “white Jesus” though. It’s not at all what Jesus probably was. It’s certainly what some people might wish He would be though.

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    1. Hi Brendan,
      I appreciate your comment as you bring out another myth: In ancient biblical times, Arabs were fair-skinned or olive skinned. In ancient Biblical times, Arabs were unmixed African blacks who converted to Islam. From my readings, through migration, and over time Arabs did become fair-skinned and so did Jews.

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        1. That’s where things become murky. Based on stories and art, changes in physiognomy occurred as Africans migrated away from the sun. As changes occurred with migration, interracial marriages added to the mix.

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            1. Your question made me think more. I believe unmixed Africans had a variety of phenotypical features or rather much diversity. Not all unmixed Africans had woolly hair; some were curly. Not all unmixed Africans had wide nostrils; some were narrow. Relics and recovered statures suggest as much.

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        2. Hi Brendan, I came across some of my notes. Africans were dark-skinned up until the early first century A.D. That would mean Greeks and early Romans were dark-skinned Africans who migrated. I’m working on a story that touches on this so hope to have more later.

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  2. There was never a Virgin Mary. I already told you that eons ago.

    Besides, what’s your point. Religions are full of imaginary stuff, myths, lies, tampered stories, and what have you. Did you know there’s gospel, claiming that Jesus never was nailed to the cross, but someone who looked like him? Just an example, eh?

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    1. Hi Roald,
      Of course, there was no Virgin Mary who conceived Jesus Christ. She had other children too. Every great story comes with its baggage. But here we are speaking about one of the greatest lies of all times. A lie that led to many economic and political advantages for those who were fair-skinned and paved the way for the racism and divisiveness we see today.

      The most heartwrenching and criminal part of this myth is that it led to the oppression and brainwashing of a great and powerful culture. This myth may have set humanity back millions of years considering how advanced ancient civilizations were.

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    1. Haha! Hello Andreas, Happy Easter!

      As a little girl, I remember the moment I discovered that faith in God gave me hope. This belief helped me survive. I no longer believe in God as a deity but rather as powerful energy that is outside of us and created within us.

      Andreas, what is atheism besides the lack of belief in God?

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      1. Pardon the intrusion, but lemme help ya out here. Atheists are people who hate God because He didn’t give them what they prayed for. So now they’re trying to slander the Man, and behave as if He doesn’t exist. Still, in secret, they’re still praying to Him.

        To be clear, the above isn’t the case with Herr Schlüter, eh. He’s the real thing!

        Btw, did you know there’s already Neo-atheism?

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              1. Remember (and I was nailed to the cross by atheists for that) I called atheism just another religion? So, after the hype and they had cooled down a bit, they realized they tremendously missed going to church, listening to the thundering words of some self declared “I-know-it-all” wise cracker, and singing their hearts out. So now they’re going again, joyfully embracing their new savior, gossiping after the godless sermon, feeling uplifted again, as well as superior to all the other lost souls called theists. Same old. Just a new wrapping. Amen.

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  3. Angela, as you probably know the Catholic church is very well aware that Yeshua is a so-called Black person. There are pictures and statues in the Vatican and all over Europe with a so-called Black JC and Mary as well as other famous people they say are so-called white. So-called Black people have been whited out in Europe, Asia and the Americas over the last 150 years. To the victors go the spoils. What bothers me the most is seeing a so-called white JC in a so-called black church, there is no excuse for that now!

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    1. Hi Rudy,
      Ty for your comments.

      You are so correct that buried and hidden all over Europe are pictures and statues that tell the truth: JC and VM were both black people.

      The iconoclasts and the creators of alternate history have not erased all the evidence.

      Knowing this, why Do the vast majority especially most black churches remain silent or add cement to a historical myth?

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