"You can’t just change the race of cultural icons like Captain America! It’s an important part of their identity and message!"
Jesus: Ah yes.
Jesus: Can’t imagine who would do that.
Jesus: What a shame.
fun fact Jesus Christ was changed to be overall more “white” looking in the 1500s as part of a media campaign by Alexander VI, also known as Rodrigo Borgia. as a Spaniard and foreigners to Italy looking to gain power and prestige (and also vying for a spot as the Pope,) Rodrigo often commissioned art of Jesus Christ to look remarkably like his son, Cesare Borgia. a lot of scholars felt that Rodrigo thought it would make his son more popular and more acceptable to the Italian population (Cesare was a warlord so this was a pretty vital step) so the curlywavy white Jesus with the artfully trimmed beard is actually a phenomenon that can be traced to a very specific and very political motive. so white!jesus has nothing to do with jesus being white in the time that he lived, it was part of the Borgia propaganda machine.
Having played Assassin’s Creed makes this five times more infuriating.
….except that is really not at all what happened
let me take you on a tour of white jesus prior to the Borgia ascension in the 1490s.
(standard caveat applies that race is differently constructed in the middle ages and so I am using “white” as a modern placeholder that will make sense to my audience not a category which would necessarily exist in the context of medieval Europe or Renaissance Italy.)