Of all the Easter seasons that have come and gone in our lives can you ever remember seeing evidence (perhaps in Easter plays) or being told that the man who carried Jesus' cross was Black? Consider yourself blessed if you did. There is a reason why most of us did not. Though literary giants James Weldon Johnson and Countee Cullen and historians, sociologists and theologians of the Black intelligentsia unequivocally believe Simon of Cyrene was a Black man, the so called guardians of the Christian faith had others ideas. Even though the holy Bible says Jesus' crossbearer was Simon of Cyrene and though any reasonable person can look on the map of that time and see that Cyrene was located in Africa, there were (and are) those who refuse to accept that Simon was Black.
Though many scholars believer Simon was a Jew, we all have reason to question many scholastic claims by Western scholars. The virtual absence/denial of many Black voices and the suppression of others in the formation and development of the Christian faith is itself an indictment upon the hegemony of the Christian intelligentsia of the West. We are all benefiting greatly from those who have "troubled some biblical waters" with fresh and bold new understandings and insights.