Thursday, December 24, 2015

Now = 600 years ago

The local paper ran this "guest column" today, What do YOU know about the nativity? by Kent Bush. He makes possibly the most awkward pop culture reference I'll see this week:
They cast the rebellious storm trooper in “The Force Awakens” as a black man and now there is a black man in the nativity scene. Is this just more liberal political correctness run amok?
I mean, first ... "now"? "Now there is a black man in the nativity scene"?

At least he tacitly acknowledges later in the piece that "now" would be a stupid, bigoted, right-wing overreaction. Tacitly. He says
Fortunately, no one from either party will have to modify their manger scenes.
and adds
The black wise man became a part of folklore in the 1400s.

There have been black people around for quite a while, even if YOU haven't had to acknowledge their existence until now. But honestly - why the heck can't some people get over there being a black man in Star Wars? I mean, there's still only one.

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At 8:19 AM, January 01, 2016 Anonymous Adrian Morgan had this to say...

There are more things in that article that I like than that I don't, but the fact is that in the overwhelming majority of nativity scenes that readers are likely to have seen, there ISN'T a black wise man. It's interesting that it used to be traditional, but one could hardly call it a standard depiction now. So of course most people are not going to have thought about why there is a black man in their nativity scenes.

At 9:57 AM, February 03, 2016 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Hmmm. My parents' nativity, which is at least 75 years old, features a black wise man AND a black page boy.


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