By Kiptanui Rutto
Outspoken writer and activist Shaun King has announced that he supports the destruction of statues that depict a white Jesus arguing that they are a gross form of white supremacy and created as tools of oppression, racist propaganda.
On his tweet, Shaun said historians believed that Jesus was likely to have appearance of people who typically lived in the Middle East during his time rather than the white man who is often depicted in Christian iconography.
“In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went? EGYPT! Not Denmark, tear them down”.Shaun Tweeted.
Shaun also called for murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus and his European mother and their white friends should also come down.
Sparking reaction from institutions and prominent leaders. The Federalist said the Son of Man who suffered and died for the sins of all mankind is not at all constrained by our petty differences and fights over skin tone.
The Angry Philosopher On Drugs said:
“Dude, I have no issue with saying Jesus wasn’t white, but Mary and Joseph didn’t take him to Egypt to ‘blend in’, they took him there because it was out of Herod’s jurisdiction. Have you tried reading the book? Luis Castilla said taking down statues of slavers or war criminals and placing them in museums is one thing. Painting murals and taking down stained glass windows is entirely another thing. You know who else tore down images they didn’t agree with? The Taliban.
In another post, Shaun said in the past 48 hours he has received about 500 literal death threats from white ‘Christians’ who want him to know that they will kill him before they will ever take down their statues of white Jesus adding that Christian whiteness has always been violent though.
Meanwhile,US President Donald Trump has authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the US with a penalty of up to 10years in prison per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act.
#BlackLivesMatter demonstration has been held across the world due to the death of American George Floyd under police custody recently. Masses led by activists, community and political leaders held demonstrations across the world to denounce police brutality.