Staccato trumpet blasts, a lively guitar, and a beating drum introduce Roberto Angleró's “Si Dios Fuera Negro.” The lyrics then wonder how the world would be different with a Black God. “Si Dios fuera negro,” Angleró and his band Tierra Negro exclaim, “todo cambiaría.” If God were Black, all would be different politically, culturally, socially, and religiously. There would be a Black president and a Black governor. Chalk would be Black; Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa would be Black; even “Snow White” would be Black. God's Blackness would wash the natural and supernatural. It would flow backward and forward in time and space. Both the sun and cotton would be Black, and so would the pope and the angels. “Si Dios fuera negro,” then also “Negro Jesus Christ.”1

Angleró's tune from the late 1970s was extraordinarily popular in his native land of Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean. It...

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