Jewish Atheist Causes Controversy With “I Met God, She’s Black” T-Shirt
A controversial $30 t-shirt is causing quite the internet stir as it features a phrase insinuating that God is a black female.
via Huffington Post
Renaissance artists painted God into their own cultures, often giving him the white skin and flowing golden hair of a European aristocrat.
But that traditional image has been challenged by many over the centuries. This age-old question is now picking up steam on Facebook, particularly in the light of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Dylan Chenfeld, a self-described Jewish atheist, is throwing his ideas into the mix.
“I Met God, She’s Black,” Chenfield says in posters that he’s allegedly pasted all over Manhattan during the past few days.
The 21-year-old doesn’t claim to have invented the phrase, saying the trope has existed for quite some time. He’s just the one who decided to put it on a $30 T-shirt.
In fact, William P. Young, author of The Shack, pictured God as an African American woman named Elouisa. Black feminist Ntozake Shange, in her poem “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enough,” says, “I found God in myself, and I loved her fiercely.”
But what does an Upper West side-raised Jewish guy have to do with all of this?
The slogan has certainly become a source of business for Chenfield. When he initially started printing the shirts about one year ago, he says many of his buyers were white. He’s also gotten celebrities like Drake and Cara Delevingne to be photographed wearing his shirt.
“I like poking fun at sacred cows,” Chenfield told HuffPost. “I’m taking the idea that God is a white male and doing the opposite of that, which is a black woman.”
Although he’s trying to make money from the campaign, there also seems to be a spiritual side to his motives. Chenfield said that, compared to the other members of his Jewish family, he was always the one asking more questions about what God is really like.
“Sometimes when you get really religious, it becomes sexist and that’s when I tap out,” Chenfield says. “And that’s why I’ve never been a super religious person.”
But he wasn’t expecting his products to become swept up into the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
What do you think of the shirt, Bossip fam?
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