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Friday, December 13, 2013

The "Was Jesus White?" Debate

The Atlantic reports:
Fox News television host Megyn Kelly told viewers on her December 11 broadcast that Jesus and Santa are both white men.

"Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn't mean it has to change," Kelly said. "Jesus was a white man, too. It's like we have, he's a historical figure that's a verifiable fact, as is Santa, I just want kids to know that. How do you revise it in the middle of the legacy in the story and change Santa from white to black?"
Her faux pas was, allegedly, stating that Jesus had the same skin color as a European. As been noted elsewhere, "as a Galilean, he would have been what is referred to as a Palestinian Jew. He would look the way that the average Palestinian would look today. So that would mean dark features, hairy, probably a longer nose, black hair." However, that is not necessarily true either because he was only half Jewish. What does his father look like?

Perhaps a more telling question, though, would be what Kelly meant by "white." As anyone that fills out a form asking for ethnicity is aware, "white" is often used synonymously for Caucasian, which "is the general physical type of some or all of the populations of Europe, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, Western, Central and South Asia. ... without regard necessarily to skin tone."

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