Shaun King, the controversial Black Lives Matter activist known for pushing false claims, called for the destruction of Jesus Christ statues and Christian churches for their depiction of the “white” holy family, which King argued are forms of “white supremacy” and “racist propaganda” that promote “oppression.”
“Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down,” the activist posted via Twitter on Monday. “They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been.”
“In the Bible,” King continued, “when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went? EGYPT! Not Denmark.”
“Tear them down.”
Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down.
They are a form of white supremacy.
Always have been.
In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went?
Tear them down.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) June 22, 2020
In a follow-up post, King called for the destruction of stained glass windows, murals, and other parts of Christian churches and buildings that depict Biblical figures as white.
“Yes,” he wrote. “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. Racist propaganda.”
“They should all come down,” he added.
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.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) June 22, 2020
As noted by Fox News, many on Twitter pointed out to King that differing cultures depict Biblical figures in ways that resemble their own community. “Ethiopia, for instance, has depicted Jesus as black for more than 1,500 years,” the report highlighted. “Likewise, images of Jesus appearing Asian can be found throughout the Far East.”
The messaging from King comes on the heels of the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests and riots over alleged institutional racism. The rioting, first sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a troubling arrest caught on viral video, quickly led to the destruction of statues for various reasons, including the depicted figures owning slaves.
In 2019, King “recklessly exploited” the shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, who was tragically caught in the crossfire, “to stoke racial fear and hatred,” wrote Michelle Malkin in a piece for National Review. “The Black Lives Matter activist and columnist for the Intercept immediately pounced — using his huge Twitter platform, followed by 1.1 million people, to cast the incident as a racial hate crime. King splashed a photo of Robert Cantrell, a white man who had been arrested for robbery the same day as the Barnes shooting, all over social media.” The men allegedly connected to Barnes’ death were black.
Aside from King’s history of false accusations, the activist has lost trust from some on the far-left over his less-than-transparent money raising endeavors and for past reports that King allegedly lied about being black, himself.
“I have been told for most of my life that the white man on my birth certificate is not my biological father and that my actual biological father is a light-skinned black man,” King said back in 2015, addressing the controversy. “My mother and I have discussed her affair. She was a young woman in a bad relationship and I have no judgment.”
Most recently, the activist used his fame and massive social media platform to become a surrogate for democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), including opening a Brooklyn rally for senator last year.
This article has been revised for clarity.
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