An Australian Black Baby Jesus Nativity Set Sparks Off Racism


Racial supremacy unfortunately has made its way into many realms of life, religion not exempted. Seems as if behind the “oneness” picture, lurks the raw politics of race; which should not be so. The Christian religion more than what we selfishly wish for, makes it clear that Jesus is for all. For many years, the representation of Baby Jesus with a white doll has been fine. All of a sudden, an Australian parliamentarian, Lizzie Blandthorn, reverses the case and uses a black doll instead, and all hidden politics in the cover of Christmas unity is exposed.

Even though she defended her choice on the basis of multiculturalism and the true meaning of Christmas, a lot of Australian citizens in the town of Pascoe Vale, north Melbourne, have registered their reservations, claiming it was inappropriate. Remarkably, Lizzie is not budging; she maintains that her nativity scene with the black baby Jesus doll stays same till after the yuletide season.

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Have you ever for a minute taken time to wonder and ponder over the relevance of Christmas celebration in Africa? As fate would have it, the widespread of Christianity has united billions of people from the world over, sharing a common interest and faith. More than the internet, religion has called together people of diverse descent to be one regardless of distance and color.

This is the only explanation that can justify the blossoming of various religions aside the ATR (African Traditional Religion) in the African continent. By extension, Christmas is a christian celebration that has almost taken over all other global celebrations in the world. Its popularity is huge, perhaps because the true celebration of Christmas is hinged on the expectation of the coming of “Baby” Jesus to the world.

In this Jan. 30, 2015 photo, statues of baby Jesus are displayed for sale at La Merced market ahead of the Feb. 2 feast day of the Virgin of Candelaria in Mexico City. Small, simple figures can be bought for as little as 25 pesos, or less than $2, while fancier versions sell for more than 150 pesos, or more than $10. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

As dumb as this might sound, the troubling question in this article is, “what color of baby Jesus are we expecting?” Since Christianity was exported out to Africa by the white man, it is only common that we assume Jesus was/is white as well. If only we could see him face to face while alive, that would have solved the problem. In any case, we turn to history; and judging by that – the location of the birth, growth and ministry of Jesus – he would on a 99.9% probability be from the middle east. And as nature would have it, they also fall into the “colored” category, in other words, Jesus was most definitely closer to being black rather than Caucasian as we see in pictures.

It is not in doubt that recent scientific findings are producing strong evidence that the human race most probably started from Africa, balancing that with the scriptures, “God made man in his own image and likeness”. That should say it all, but the most important thing to know is that we are talking about a “God” who cannot be boxed up in a particular stereotype so that some people can finally get to sleep well at night. The Skin color of Jesus is highly inconsequential as far as reason and Christianity are concerned. It would have been better if we were more after the color of his heart – the heart of gold that came to unite all people. Instead of pursuing this, especially at a merry season as this, some people are so inconsiderate to clearly preach the opposite.