The Power of (mis)Representation

Recently I had the chance to team up with a good friend who makes short thought-provoking videos on the intersections between faith and justice. He interviewed me for a segment in his current series of videos on “White Jesus.” The series explores the way that our traditional image of Jesus (as someone who could pass as a West-European white man) is actually a (mis)representation that helps secure a system that privileges white people. It’s a variation of the same dynamic that’s at play with male god-imagery, which helps privilege men in our society.

When God Was a Little Girl, through its story—and its illustrations, works to challenge both dynamics. You can hear my short three-and-a-half minute video here.

You can learn more about my friend Jason’s work through ANKOS films here.

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