In a recent far-fetched call a Black Lives Matter activist has urged the destruction of churches and the toppling of all the statues that depict Jesus as a "white European", arguing that they are a form of white supremacy. The portrayal of Jesus as white is nothing else but racist propaganda, according to the activist.
The Post Millennial describes Shaun King as a highly controversial figure, known for pretending to be a black man for years despite ample evidence that he is in fact white. The Black Lives Matter activist has been thrust into the limelight again after posting a message to demand that statues depicting Jesus as a "white European" should be torn down.
"They are a form of white supremacy, and always have been," the activist opined. In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide and blend in, they went to Egypt and not to Denmark, he wrote. What King wanted to prove is anyone's conjecture, but is seems likely that he wanted to reinforce the theory about Jesus not being white, but a brown or a black man.
Yes.— Shaun King (@shaunking) June 22, 2020
All murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends should also come down.
They are a gross form white supremacy.
Created as tools of oppression.
They should all come down.
However, the Bible regularly describes Jesus as someone who did not stick out from his contemporaries, the Jews of Betlehem. Post Millennial argues that he could not have looked very different from the Jews, meaning he probably was not black. According to the paper, King's post is not about Jesus or white supremacy, but about an attempt to erase history.
Shaun King added fuel to the fire in a later post by saying that "all murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends should also come down," as they are a gross form of white supremacy. He added that those who imagine Jesus with a blond hair and blue eyes are not Christians, but white supremacists.
If your religion requires Jesus to be a blonde haired blue eyed Jesus, then your religion is not Christianity, but white supremacy.— Shaun King (@shaunking) June 23, 2020
Christian whiteness, not white Christianity, has been the primary religion of this country for hundreds of years. https://t.co/eTQr3cWTHn
King, however, is a controversial person, partly because of the issue of his skin colour and partly because, according to his former activist acquaintances and staff, he accepted far more money in the form of donations than he publicly admits.