News 5 in Cleveland, Ohio, reports on how a baby Jesus from a nativity display was stolen, repainted, and returned:
The figurine was accompanied with a note that said the darker paint more accurately represents his skin color. "I thought I would point out that Jesus was not an Aryan but actually a man of color," the note said. "Although you probably knew this but would rather not be reminded." The note apologized for taking the statue and said the statue's painting wasn't racially motivated.
I suppose the deed could have been performed by a rogue biblical scholar who is dedicated to historical accuracy, but aside from that it seems to be that race is probably playing a role somewhere in here. As the report notes, most culture re-create Jesus in their own image.