‘The Book Of Clarence’ Review – A Film That Is Every Bit As Racially Divisive As It Is Blasphemous
Several months ago, Jay-Z teamed up with The Harder They Fall director Jeymes Samuel, to produce The Book of Clarence — a project that is every bit as racially divisive as it is blasphemous.
Most of the people watching this have probably never heard of the Five-Percent Nation of Islam or the nation of Islam itself. While you should consider that a good thing, the reality is that this particular ideology was responsible for the overwhelming majority of race division in the United States of America today.
Imagine growing up and believing that Christianity is the religion of the white man (Aka, “the slave owner”). This will leave some jaded and hateful feelings about Jesus Christ as a savior of the world.
Now, imagine adding those jaded feelings to ridiculous beliefs such as God being a black man, the black man being God, and white people being the devil’s offspring of a failed black scientist. Now imagine Sony giving those racist beliefs a $40 million budget, and this is how we got The Book of Clarence.
Set in an alternate version of Jerusalem in 33 AD, where the overwhelming majority of the nation is black, the film is sitting around a weed-smoking drug dealer/scammer named Clarence, who is desperate for money to pay off his debts.
One day, Clarence is in the presence of a figure in the region known as Jesus Christ. Instead of being humble in the presence of His Messiah, Clarence grows jealous of His power and, as a result of his jealousy and unbelief, he decides to create a scam where he tells people he is the true Messiah in order to give people to give him money to get his way out of trouble.
Clarence is committed to this scam until the people around him start suffering the consequences for his actions. It is very easy for a naive believer to think that this film has anything to do with biblical Christianity, and those people will be wrong.
The Book of Clarence is a blasphemous film that holds nothing but contempt for the true believers of the Christian religion. If you’re ignorant to key elements of the Christian doctrine, then you probably won’t notice heresy such as denying the marriage of Mary and Joseph, changing the origin of Jezebel, and denying the Trinity altogether.
This film amplifies the voices of organizations driving racial division in America right now, such as Black Lives Matter. While going out of their way to portray the nation of Israel as a black nation, the writers were subversive enough to keep the Romans of this period as the white man to portray the narrative of victim and oppressor; a narrative that, even to this day, we see so many black Americans fall for.
The name Clarence comes from the founder of the Five-Percent Nation of Islam Clarence Edward Smith (aka “Clarence 13X”), who was a cult leader in Harlem, New York that taught heresy such as the God being a black man and knowledge being more important than faith.
Long associated with this cult/religion, Jay-Z expounds a lot of those teachings into this movie. This is a film that seeks to take a baseball bat to the traditional beliefs of Christianity, under the guise that it’s white people who have corrupted history and the writings of the Bible.
By tearing down who the filmmakers believe is the white Jesus, and replacing him with the prophet known as Clarence — to the point where it denies the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ himself — The Book of Clarence goes full-fledged blasphemy in the third act.
In reality, there’s no way you could take a heretic seriously, especially one who tries to speak on biblical truth when — deep in their heart — they know that they have nothing but hatred and contempt for their fellow men; a mindset that is completely antithetical to the teachings of Christ.
But as a wise man once said, God will not be mocked. And it’s pretty fitting that a film with a $40 million budget couldn’t even even get $3 million at the box office in the four day opening weekend.
The Book of Clarence is a film that is going to be applauded by people who hate what the Bible has to say, and that should tell you all there is to know about this film and who it’s pandering to.