Posts Tagged ‘Jesus’

Tim Wise on CNN 12/16 Discussing White Jesus/Santa Imagery and Racist Iconography

Here is the full clip from my appearance on CNN’s OutFront with Erin Burnett (hosted by Jake Tapper) on December 16th. Sorry for the quality of the video. CNN didn’t see fit to post the full clip, but I feel the entirety is needed to grasp the most important aspects of the discussion. Thanks to […]

Dreaming of a White Jesus (and a Real Santa): Reflections on Conservative Derangement

To be perfectly honest, I find it quite shocking that anyone would be, well, shocked, by Megyn Kelly’s recent insistence on her FOX show that Santa Claus and Jesus are both white men, or even — and perhaps this is the bigger point — that Santa Claus is real. After all, when one works for […]

White Whine: Reflections on the Brain-Rotting Properties of Privilege

Published as a ZNet Commentary, 4/20/04 To truly understand a nation, a culture, or its people, it helps to know what they take for granted. After all, sometimes the things that go unspoken are more powerful than the spoken word, if for no other reason than the tendency of unspoken assumptions to reinforce core ways […]

Persecuting the Truth: Claims of Christian Victimization Ring Hollow

Published on, 11/08/03 David Limbaugh, brother of Rush, has been making the rounds lately, promoting his new book, Persecution: How Liberals are Waging War Against Christianity. Therein, Limbaugh claims that the left, broadly defined, is doing everything possible to eliminate all mention of the nation’s majority faith from the public square. Limbaugh digs up […]

God Responds to W: Chatting With the Almighty About Bush and Other Absurdities

Published on, 7/11/03 God has apparently been keeping busy. Between trying to soften the hearts of the hateful, sow peace and brotherhood throughout the world, and prevent production of a new episode of “The Bachelor,” the Almighty also finds time to speak with George W. Bush. As reported in the Israeli daily paper, Ha’aretz, […]

Enemies, Foreign and Domestic: Racism, Terrorism and American War Mongering

Published on Alternet, as “The Racism of American War-Mongering,” September 17, 2001 Well, the good people of the rural U.S. should be breathing a sigh of relief right about now. After all, with the President and most Americans itching to bomb any place where terrorists might be hiding, one can only imagine the wrath […]

Dreaming of a Non-White Christmas: Santa, Jesus and the Symbolism of Racial Supremacy

A slightly different version of this piece was published as a ZNet Commentary, December 21, 2000. This is the most recent, 2005 version. Well it’s that time of year again: time for all good Americans to focus on what really matters; not family, community, or world peace, but that national sacrament of late-stage capitalism known […]

The Devil Made ‘Em Do It: Social Crisis and the Misuse of Faith in America

Published as a ZNet Commentary, June 1, 1999 I go through airports about two hundred times a year. As such, I overhear lots of comments from other travelers. Usually they’re of a particularly banal sort, screamed over a cell phone that seems permanently attached to the ear of one of a few thousand interchangeable corporate […]