The Color of Christ by Edward J. Blum
The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America

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How is it that in America the image of Jesus Christ has been used both to justify the atrocities of white supremacy and to inspire the righteousness of civil rights crusades? In The Color of Christ, Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey weave a tapestry of American dreams and visions--from witch hunts to web pages, Harlem to Hollywood, slave cabins to South Park, Mormon revelations to Indian reservations--to show how Americans remade the Son of God visually time and again into a sacred symbol of their greatest aspirations, deepest terrors, and mightiest strivings for racial power and justice.
The Color of Christ uncovers how, in a country founded by Puritans who destroyed depictions of Jesus, Americans came to believe in the whiteness of Christ. Some envisioned a white Christ who would sanctify the exploitation of Native Americans and African Americans and bless imperial expansion. Many others gazed at a messiah, not necessarily white, who was willing and able to confront white supremacy. The color of Christ still symbolizes America's most combustible divisions, revealing the power and malleability of race and religion from colonial times to the presidency of Barack Obama.
 

About Edward J. Blum

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Edward J. Blum is author of ###Reforging the White Republic: Race, Religion, and American Nationalism#. Paul Harvey is author of ###Freedom's Coming: Religious Cultures and the Shaping of the South from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Era#.
 
Published September 21, 2012 by The University of North Carolina Press. 350 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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In this powerful and groundbreaking book, historians Blum (Reforging the White Republic) and Harvey (Freedom’s Coming) examine how images of Jesus reflect the intersection of race and religion in America.

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Englewood Review of Books

To put it differently, depictions of Jesus in ways other than white need not trade on a narrative which pits one race against another, or describe Jesus as only white in order to describe Jesus otherwise.

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Carlin Romano

The story of the color of Christ is the story of a Jesus made white, challenged by rival figures contending with white supremacy—like the black Jesus now looking down from the window of the 16th Street Baptist Church—and re-formed in a different color.

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