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A New York City man is suing the Metropolitan Museum of Art, claiming that any paintings that depict Jesus as white should be taken down.

Justin Renel Joseph has filed a lawsuit in the Manhattan Supreme Court alleging that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 demands that four paintings be removed, according to reports.

Joseph, who is acting as his own lawyer, says he suffered “personal stress” after viewing:

“The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes” by Tintoretto

“The Resurrection” by Perugino

“The Crucifixion” by Francesco Granacci

“The Holy Family with Angels” by Sebastiano Ricci

“The implication that someone who possesses physical features like the plaintiff could not be the important historical and public figure of Jesus Christ ... caused the plaintiff to feel, among other things, rejected and unaccepted by society,” court documents say.

Met spokeswoman Elyse Topalian told The New York Post, "When they were painted, it was typical for artists to depict subjects with the same identity as the local audience. This phenomenon occurs in many other cultures, as well."

Watch Fred Tecce and Arthur Aidala discuss if Joseph has a case in the "Happening Now" clip above.


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