Wednesday, May 10, 2006
TV Land had another Good Times marathon on this weekend. Someone at that station really likes that show because they have one once a month. Since it’s not football season and weekends at home are boring this time of year I watched a few episodes. One of the episodes I caught was the day JJ painted black Jesus and Michael put him up on the wall. The entire Evans family had some good things happen and gave all the credit to a picture of Ned the Wino. Everybody loved it except for Florida who couldn’t accept the black man as God even after Michael showed it to her in the bible. Now, I love this episode but I never really thought about it the same way I did Sunday. The things that happen to the Evans that day were just random things but they were willing to give all the glory to black Jesus because he looked like them. Now you can pick up a bible and read about Jesus and determine what color he is but visual images are powerful. My grandmother had a huge picture of The Last Supper hanging in her living room and there was no feet the color of brass and hair of lamb’s wool anywhere. It was just a bunch of white men. The basic reasoning and the essence of white supremacy for people who believe in that idea is that they are superior because God’s son looks like them so they must be the closest to Him. That makes everyone else inferior. That is the whole idea in a nutshell. That’s why so many racist ideas have been validated by people who claim to be religious. It‘s the idea that helped Adolph Hitler make all the Germans go crazy. When the Africans came over on the slave ships the first thing they did was take whatever religion you had and make you worship the image of the blue eyed white man. Pretty soon, the slaves subconsciously believed they were inferior and it made them submissive. You can say what you want about the Nation of Islam. Everyone has their opinion but those brothers are empowered by the fact that they believe they are the original man and the closest to God. Listen, this is just an observation. This blog is not intended to give my opinion on religion. I believe in God and probably think about it more than the average person. I don’t want anybody sending me a page full of scriptures thinking I don‘t believe. If you read this correctly you should understand. If you don’t then it only shows your closed mindedness as far as I am concerned. I hope there is someone willing to answer the question I am about to ask. I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer. The question is this. Would black people in this country be more empowered and more progressive if we had created our own form of Christianity or other religion as opposed to adopting the one we were conditioned to worship?