Artist Depicts God As A Black Woman

Artist Depicts God As A Black Woman

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Chicago-native Harmonia Rosales has started a social media topic after her reimagined painting of the “Creation of Adam” was posted — and the painting featured God as a Black woman.

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“A woman is a woman: Black, white or any color,” Rosales says. “We have been taught that God created ‘man’ in his own image. [But] in fact, we have created God in our own image. So ‘God’ is whoever we want God to be, a representation of the ideal, of the divine, of wisdom and love and pure creativity. Let’s face it, creativity, starting with the womb, is a female attribute.”

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“I knew my transformation would draw attention to the statement I wanted to make but the point here is to consider why we have accepted our historical representation of the beginning of life, of the Creator,” she thoughtfully shares. “The original representation excludes something very important: women and people of color. I wanted people to consider creation through a different lens that, in turn, would cause us to consider the way we see everything else we have been taught to see. Perhaps it is time to rethink.”

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While there was an amazing outpouring of positive comments from around the world about the beauty and message of the image, there were also several aggressive negative responses.

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“Perhaps I was a little naive in underestimating the number of individuals who would not accept such a statement, but everyone has a right to react and to express their feelings. The sad thing is that fear of change, of seeing the world differently, can cause people to say and do things that are truly destructive.”

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