Today's fodder comes from a friend I've blogged about before who sends out myriad forwarded emails, most of which are, simply put, junk. Lies. Bigoted viewpoints that blend political with zealous religious rhetoric as if that gives them some immunizing force field. But that in and of itself is NOT the source of my musing today...
It's the pictures. The vast majority of these slanted emails have graphics attached, and one thing stands out poignantly...
Jesus is as 'white' as Wonderbread.
If that's not screwed up, I don't know what is. Take a 'whitey' and put him in Gaza and he'll stand out like an Edsel in a sea of Bel Airs...a cardinal in a murder of crows...a Kareem Abdul Jabaar in the midst of Tokyo citizenry.
I don't get it. Seems like a good many of the very people stumping for their 'truth' accept lies left and right, and Jesus being 'white' is one of them. And we wonder why we in America get criticized for being arrogant. NEWS FLASH: making Jesus 'white' like our dominant culture is the very embodiment of arrogance...or at the very least, unthinking stupidity.
And so I muse if people like my friend stop to even consider the racial paradox and what it really means...the message it sends...the conflict it creates. I'm pretty sure Jesus wasn't a hippie with blue eyes, fair complexion, and Bobby Sherman good looks...
Spent my Tuesday driving down and back to Atlanta...I think that every location can lay claim to having the worst drivers as they are omnipresent. In some mecca like Atlanta there are so many more people that it necessarily means there are that many more really really bad drivers on the roads.
Driving defensively is the best advice anyone can give. I have to muse about all the media and entertainment outlets that make movies and video games involving speed and being a jerk...and wonder how that directly affects some of the behaviors I see on a daily basis.
Ah, fodder for another blog...one more fish in the barrel at which to shoot!