Look. We all mistakes. Maybe we should ease up on Megyn Kelly. She made a mistake. Perhaps she simply failed to apply her intellect before speaking. Maybe she inadvertently revealed a degree of racism she ordinarily keeps buried. Maybe she said the things she did about the skin tone of Santa and Jesus for the ratings, knowing full well that her core audience would respond with approval and support.
Maybe it was something altogether different, and maybe we should forgive her.
In my opinion, the discussion on all of the important issues in America and in the world would improve dramatically if we simply ignored her and her employer.
Which brings me to this question.
Why would a self-proclaimed and so-called news network and one of their more popular hosts even,
1) bother with picking up the story that got her so provoked that,
2) she and her producers would then be compelled to bring on a panel of 3 more white people to discuss Santa’s skin color and then,
3) bring Jesus’s skin color into a conversation about Santa and his skin color?
What was the point of this segment? What was she hoping to accomplish?
She did explain herself, saying, ““In kicking off the lighthearted segment, I offered a tongue-in-cheek message for any kids watching, saying that Santa, who I joked is a real person … is white,” she told her viewers Friday night. “That’s part of why we covered the story in the first place — humor is a part of what we try to bring to this show, but sometimes that’s lost on the humorless.”
She goes on to defend herself and her comments about Jesus being white by saying, “As I’ve learned in the past two days, that <the question of Jesus’s skin color> is far from settled.”
True enough, perhaps. We are likely to never know with absolute certainty what color an Iron Age rabbi’s skin was; however, what we can be absolutely certain about is that the depiction of Jesus in the Western World has no basis in science.
Check out this very interesting article from Popular Mechanics, “The Real Face of Jesus,” for an informative description on the application of forensic science used to get to this far more likely rendition.
As for Megyn, and as is so often the case with Fox News personalities, she goes on to lament that, “Fox News and yours truly are big targets for many people.”
You know what? Forget it. I’m not forgiving her.
There’s no rational explanation or justification in 2013 for her behavior and for such comments to be coming from anyone except from those who are completely ignorant, racist, or just pandering to an audience for the ratings.
Jonathan Merritt is absolutely correct in his Atlantic article, “Insisting Jesus Was White Is Bad History and Bad Theology”
If the Bible is silent on the matter of Jesus’ skin color, does it really matter that Megyn Kelly says Jesus is white?
As some historians and theologians have posited, the silence of the Scriptures on the issue of Jesus’ skin color is critical to Christianity’s broad appeal with people of various ethnicities. In a world where race often divides communities and even churches, the Biblical depictions of God’s son positions him as one who can bridge those divides.
Are you listening, Megyn? Do you even understand the fundamental concepts of Christianity and what the teachings of this person – real or imagined, physical or allegory – referred to as the Son of God has been telling you and the rest of humanity for 2,000 years?
Megyn Kelly, Fox News, and our fellow Americans – including our friends, our family, and our neighbors – who perpetuate what is the fundamental core of the Fox News strategy – divisiveness – must be held accountable for their words and their actions.
I’m not a holy man or a believer of any kind, so I can say this with a clear conscience: Forgiveness from me will come, but only when there’s sincere contrition first.