Filmmaker JEREMIAH CAMARA: [Christians] have to realize that nobody made them special. Once we have that conversation, we can start to mend other fences. There’s no God that smiled upon you.

Here in Cincinnati, I was at a restaurant. In this restaurant, there was this huge mural with a white Moses and white biblical characters. You might have a conversation, like Dr. D’Angelo said about removing federal monuments. But the fact that you’re not having a conversation about removing white religious iconography in this country…we’re not ready.

My first date with my wife, we went to a place here called Eden Park. A lot of black people take their dates there. Look behind you, there’s a huge white Jesus in the background. Everywhere you go, churches, hospitals, gas stations, Wal-Mart. And I tell people every day Jesus is white. Jeremiah, wait a minute. Why is that? Well, because he’s white in Wal-Mart.

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Anthony Pinn

Anthony Pinn is one of the foremost scholars of African American humanism, author of more than 20 books, and the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University.