Manifest Destiny Jesus documents how portraying Jesus as white reinforces police violence, bigotry, and institutional racism. The film uses history, interviews, and commentary to demonstrate the variety of ways racism manifests in our minds and around us.
Against the background of a gentrifying neighborhood, the film weaves two main threads. After adopting two black boys, a white mother’s views on race and representation are turned inside out. After a sermon from a black female theologian, an interracial congregation reignites a plan to transform their stained glass image of Christ.
Together with historical interviews, these community voices reveal a pattern of conquest and disenfranchisement that began in the colonial era and continues up through our modern period of rampant gentrification.
This powerful, award winning documentary encourages discussions about the intersection of US housing policy, the wealth gap, social justice, media representation and how Christianity plays a role in it all. Viewers will find themselves interrogating assumptions and evaluating the cumulative effects of religious and secular forces previously assumed to be unrelated.
This is an essential viewing experience for educators, students, community organizers, religious organizations, activists and anyone who cares about the future of America. It encourages discussion and reflection on the following topics:
Gentrification/Housing security/Affordable Housing
Black Liberation Theology
Redlining/Racist housing problems
The future of cities
Capital flight and corporate disinvestment