But, reading at NTodd's, a post touching on the annual racist fight claiming that Santa Claus is white, I decided to go in a different direction, to see how North European Aryan, how much like Ann Coulter, the early Icons of St. Nicholas of Myra and can say that the oldest images of him and those closest to where he lived usually show someone who, in the United States, would be considered black or, certainly, not white. Not by FOX - Coulter standards of racism.
Which, of course, made me curious about the oldest images of Jesus, especially those made close to where he lived, in time and place, to see how people imagined him.
This image from the St. Callisto catacomb is one of the oldest which clearly indicates how the artist imagined Jesus.
This is the Christ Pantokrator icon from the Monestary of St. Catherine in Sinai, considered the oldest such icon known. He'd definitely get screened or stopped if not shot for walking while black.
This one is from a 4th century villa belonging to Constantine.
This detail from 4th century Syria, shows a darker Jesus between lighter but the still far from lily white Peter and Paul