By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Sports and Religion: The Second Coming of Black Jesus
Searchin’ for Black Jesus
It’s hard, it’s hard
We need help out here
So we searchin’ for Black Jesus
It’s like a Saint, that we pray to in the ghetto, to get us through
Somebody that understand our pain.-Tupac “Black Jesus”
Football is the No.1 religion in America.
I said it once.
And, I’ll say it again. (Read my article Football and Faith on BASN to learn more).
Why? Because, last year, we had “tebowing.”
Now, we have Black Jesus.
Yeah, Washington’s Tight end Fred Davis caused quite a firestorm last week when he called RG3 the Black Jesus after his explosive 76-yard touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings.
While most religious scholars considered it blasphemous to compare a black rookie quarterback with the “so-called Son of God”, at least, Davis had the “balls” to identify Jesus as being a Black man.
Besides, in Washington, D.C., they have been looking for a Black Messiah since J.Edgar Hoover was named the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States.
And even though Davis’ RG3-Jesus comparison was frowned upon, it is not the first time a Black athlete has been called Black Jesus.
THE ORIGINAL BLACK JESUS
Let’s not forget, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, the wonder of Philadelphia, who graduated from Winston-Salem and led the Rams, while being coached by the legendary Big House Gaines to a NCAA Division II Championship in 1967 by averaging 41.5 points per game, was called Black Jesus.
Now, those are some heavenly numbers, especially when Monroe, who was selected as the No.2 overall draft pick in the 1968 NBA Draft by the Baltimore Bullets, and led the New York Knicks to a NBA Championship in 1973.
Movie Director Spike Lee even highlighted the name “Black Jesus” in his movie He Got Game,which starred Denzel Washington and the newly required Miami Heat Ray Allen.
Now, with Griffin becoming the Second Coming of Black Jesus, it’s going to be interesting to see how this nickname will be received by the white media along with the Conservative Christian Right, whom seemed to have fallen in the love with the fact that Tim Tebow represents something divine on the football field.
HE AIN’T WALKED ON NO WATER YET
One of Tebow’s biggest fans, ESPN’s Skip Bayless saracastically said, “He ain’t walked on no water yet.” when discussing the Black Jesus nickname given to RG3.
Psychologically, however, we must examine Bayless’s language while he displayed his distaste and disapproval for the name.
Bayless, who is a proud graduated of Vanderbilt University, which wants to be considered the Harvard of the South, used broken English to downplay the Black Jesus label.
“He ain’t walked on no water yet.”
Was Bayless’s word choice revealing his unbelief in a Black Messiah?
Or were his snobbish comments used to subconsciously ridicule the Black church and the Black preacher, who teaches that Jesus was and is a Black revolutionary?
For debate purposes only, this is the same Skip Bayless, who has confessed being a Christian several times on the show, while promoting some strange form of Tebowism on ESPN’s FirstTake. (Read my previous article Testing the Testimony of Tebowism for clarity)
Therefore, will Bayless embrace Robert Griffin’s divinity as well?
While most white historians, preachers and Christians still denying the fact that Jesus was Black, they still continue to paint and promote an “lily white” Christ through out the world.
Despite their efforts to deceive the world, the great British Orientalist, Sir Godfrey Higgins in his monumental work,The Anacalypsis, informed us that “In all the Romish (Catholic) countries of Europe, France, Italy, Germany, etc., the God Christ, as well as his mother, are described in their old pictures to be black. The infant God in the arms of his black mother, his eyes and drapery white, is himself perfectly black. If the reader doubts my word he may go to the Cathedral at Moulins-to the famous Chapel of the Virgin at Loretto-to the Church of the Annunciata-the Church at St. Lazaro or the Church of St. Stephen at Genoa-to St. Francisco at Pisa-to the Church at Brixen in Tyrol and to that at Padua-to the Church of St. Theodore at Munich-to a church and to the Cathedral at Augsburg, where a black virgin and child as large as life-to Rome and the Borghese chapel of Maria Maggiore-to the Pantheon-to a small chapel of St. Peters on the right hand side on entering, near the door; and in fact, to almost innumerable other churches in countries professing the Romish religion.
Despite Higgins research and scholarship, many people will continue to deny the existence of Black Jesus.
Unfortunately, football and faith, however, will continue to collide on the field of play every Sunday.
And even if “white people” don’t believe in Black Jesus, we will continue to pray for his return, symbolically, spiritually, religiously, and literally.
Whether it’s in our heart, in church, in our prayers, in heaven or on the football field on Sunday, dread locks and all.