The following article below was originally published by the The Speed of Dreams news blog:
By Enaemaehkiw Túpac Keshena
April 8, 2012
Who was Yeshua/Iyesus (Hebrew/Amharic) of the town of Nazerath? Known in to the world through White Power Christianity by the name Jesus (from the Greek-Latin version of his name), Aguila y Condor, the political education organ of the Mexican-Indigenous liberation organization Union del Barrio, describes him as:
A revolutionary anti-Roman organizer that was later to be made the central figure of Christianity, and described as the “son of god” who was raised from the dead. He became one of the most influential figures in human history, but as revolutionaries we take him up as a revolutionary that struggled on the side of the poor and oppressed (unlike many modern so-called “Christians”).
Hugo Chávez, leader of the socialist Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela, has also described him as the greatest socialist in history.
I bring him up though because at this time of year billions of people around the world, primarily from within the ranks of the colonized, are crowding into these buildings they call churches in order mark the time of his martyrdom at the hands of the Romans and Jewish collaborators, and (so the stories say) his return from death three days later.
However, the sermons of their White and Uncle Tom/ahawk preachers will try as best they can to ignore a lessor known side of the person they claim to celebrate. They hide it because they don’t want the colonized to know it. They don’t want the colonized to know it because they know if they do they might begin to question the way it is that these Uncle Tom/ahawks are making a buck off them and selling them out the white power structure.
The truth is that Yeshua/Iyesus was an anti-imperialist and revolutionary collectivist. He was deeply involved in the struggles of his people against Roman imperialist occupation and exploitation. Luckily though though the White and Uncle Tom/ahawk preachers have not been able to fully erase this side of him from the record, try as they might.
Below Omali Yeshitela, Chairman of the African People’s Socialist Party, the leader of the Uhuru Movement, talks about this side of Yeshua/Iyesus and how it is relevant to us today.
So, when you next encounter someone carrying one of those strange little books they call Bibles who asks you if you “know” Jesus you can that yes, you do know him, and you know the real him. You can then ask him if he knows the real Jesus, and if so then why “if Jesus was a revolutionary are you and your preacher such Uncle Toms?”