New York Times journalist Eric Copage decided to resurrect the “Jesus was black” controversy from the Seventies for Easter in a column called, “As a Black Child in Los Angeles, I Couldn’t Understand Why Jesus Had Blue Eyes.”
That’s funny: as a white child growing up in the Boston area, I couldn’t understand how anyone knew what Jesus looked like, since there were no photographs then and he never had his portrait painted. I had the same question about Moses, and Adam and Eve.
But I digress. Copage seems to think it matters that Jesus wasn’t blue-eyed; I have a harder time imagining him shorter than a typical jockey, which he quite possibly was. The writer then says,
“But Jesus, born in Bethlehem, was most likely a Palestinian man with dark skin.”
That’s a neat trick. He could not have been a “Palestinian man,” because there was no such place as Palestine when Jesus was alive. As several have pointed out since the piece was published on Good Friday, the land that was home of the Jewish people was renamed Palestinia after the Romans exiled most Jews from Judea in the second century A.D., which, as the notation suggests, was long after Jesus. The Roman emperor Hadrian chose the name as a rebuke to Jews by evoking the Philistines, who had been defeated by King David and had been wiped out long before the Roman conquest. Palestinians are Arabs, who didn’t didn’t conquer the area later called Palestinia until 700 years after Jesus.
No source claims that Jesus was an Arab. Arabs aren’t Jews. Jews aren’t Arabs. Jesus was a Jew, whatever color he was, no matter what shade his eyes were, and whether he could beat Mickey Rooney in H-O-R-S-E or not.
Why would New York Times editors permit Copage to mislead Times readers with fake ancient history, and fake ancient history regarding Jesus on Good Friday, of all times ? There are two possible reasons. One is that the Times editors are sloppy and incompetent, especially regarding anything connected to Christianity. In an earlier gaffe, the Times had to correct its report that the Paris Fire Department chaplain rescued a “statue of Jesus” from the fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral. But he hadn’t said that he rescued a statue, for there was no “statue of Jesus” to rescue. He said that he rescued “the Body of Christ,” which, as any Catholic knows,means the Blessed Sacrament, communion bread.
Hanlon’s Razor certainly supports this explanation. The other is that the Times, which has been giving consistent support and cover to the growing anti-Semitism on the Left and pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel position, naturally accepted Copage’s false history as advancing the cause.