|Jesus in the History Channel's miniseries "The Bible"|
Our friend Adele Banks of Religion News Service has written an excellent news report about Satan being portrayed as dark-skinned in "The Bible" miniseries on the History Channel.
|Satan in "The Bible"|
“Just don’t give the ultimate good guy fair skin and the ultimate bad guy darker skin,” he said. “We’ve been down that road too many times before.’’
Professor Cain Hope Felder of Howard Divinity School also weighed in.
“It’s unfortunate that the producers of this show made this terrible error,” Felder said. “They either should have taken Satan off the screen entirely and just had a voice or something. Or if you’re going to use him, he should certainly not have been black.”
I suspect using a dark-skinned person to portray Satan was subconscious and not intentionally thought out on the part of those who cast this series -- which actually makes it all the worse.
Associating light-skinned with benevolent and dark-skinned with evil is, if not itself evil, at least pretty bad.
What do we need to do to get all of us to think twice before we act on our subconscious ... well, how do I say this? ... our subconscious, uh, racist (frankly) associations?
We need the kind of reaction that will cause all of us to think twice before we do something to perpetuate this harmful stereotype.
Kudos to Adele for an important article.