Turning Points In The Saga Of Race In America

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Turning points in the saga of Race in America

The Color of Christ is a book that evokes memories of the exhausted images and lives of Jesus which preponderantly contributes to “the saga of race in America.” (5) The book modifies and wisely propagates the stereotypical images of Jesus throughout the history of the U.S, which offers the most striking responses. In the book, Blum and Harvey portray the world as a place that is filled with various images about Jesus. The book, in its entirety, has been used by the two authors to substantiate the atrocities that were prevalent at a time when there was supremacy among the whites. White supremacy echoed loudly and was basically reinforced by the ...view middle of the document...

I tend to think that the book is satirical of the color-coded divisions that were associated with conservatism in post-colonial America. Therefore, without Christ, there would be no relief from the shambles of highly antagonistic racial forces that permeated every aspect of life.
The book uncovers the first turning point, which in my view was in the convictions that made Americans believe that whiteness was associated with Christ, at a time when Puritans were confounded by the belief that they founded the country. The scribes’ portrayal of the manner in which Christ was envisioned as white, in my view, sanctifies the exploitation of African and Native Americans. Hence the Color of Christ is emblematic of the most egregious atrocities, ignitable divisions which reveal the malleability and power of religion and race since time immemorial.
A close look at the first six chapters of the book also portray it as an enthralling history of Christ who in this case is Jesus, and at the same time a powerbroker in a country that is already polarized along racial lines. The author portrays Him (Christ) as having a “holy face” which is shrouded in whiteness which is a show of purity. In many instances, the book has portrayed Christ symbolically which may be an indicator to the fact that white Christ as associated with remaking the U.S. and the suffering of the underprivileged masses. This is because He was sacred and raceless hence his bleeding was associated with lots of meaningfulness.
The book shows that the images of Christ undergoing some transformations which were representative of certain images. Initially He was pre-white, and later changed to white which was powerful and war-like. The calling to war by the white Christ, in my opinion, marks the second turning point. Communities that were marginalized were more radicalized than ever before and they rose to protest the status quo which was becoming progressively more racist. This is because there were many categorizations in terms of races. He is portrayed as a man...

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