WHO I AM – WHY I AM – WHAT I DO — PART 8
Again, JESUS WAS BLACK – Not a blond hair, blue eyed, peace and love promoting prophet…
Last week, I shared my certainty that there are some who may be asking, “Why does it matter if Jesus was Black or not?” First, I shared that it matters that Jesus was Black because it is true. We all should have a desire to support what is true and reject all lies – no matter how comfortable those lies make us feel.
Second, I shared that it matters that Jesus was Black because it challenges us to rethink what we think about Black people. Throughout our history in this country, we have been, and continue to be taught that everything about us is bad. Every distinct feature and characteristic that make us uniquely who we are as Black people has been determined to be bad.
Third, on today I share that it matters that Jesus was Black because it forces us, and some of us need to be forced, to acknowledge that we have been intentionally and systematically Mis-educated (in the words of Carter G. Woodson) and therefore, cannot trust what was taught, and continues to be taught, to us and about us regarding our overall contribution to culture and civilization in this world. I am speaking much more deeply than gaining credit for inventing the straightening comb, the process for separating plasma from whole blood, the electric light bulb filament or 300 uses for a peanut. I am speaking of our overall contribution to the creating and sustaining of human culture and civilization that has been either denied and/or diminished. Think about this: