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White Jesus

In this Friday, Feb. 28, 1997 file photo, actor Desi Arnaz Giles rehearses for "Passion Play" at the Park Theater Performing Arts Center in Union City. N.J. Giles' portrayal of Jesus Christ in the play caused some ticket cancellations and even death threats against Giles and the theater. The reaction was a reminder of just how difficult it is for anyone to transcend race _ even a historical figure widely considered to be something beyond human.