This was a great read and rediscovery. This article tackles a great debate that has sparked a conversation among Quakers and Christian based religions. How did this image of European decent make its way to the forefront in a land dominated by people of color? Well lets go over to Friends Journal and learn some more.
Exert from article:
“White Christianity has often depicted characters in biblical scenes as pale-skinned. Given the people’s origins and location, this is unlikely. Christianity in its origins was a movement consisting principally of colonized people who suffered under military occupation in the Middle East and Africa. The opening lines of Matthew even give us a family tree that shows Joseph, a many-times grandchild of Abraham and Sarah, as the descendent of migrants from what is now Iraq.”