Shaun King says Jesus Christ statues are ‘form of white supremacy’, Angry Internet calls it his ‘worst mistake’
American civil rights activist Shaun King has once again jangled people’s last nerve by making a few strong and opinionated statements about the statues of Jesus Christ. He took to Twitter today (June 22) to share a series of tweets in which he’s demanded the statues of Jesus that show him as a “white European” to be taken down.
He wrote, “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? EGYPT! Not Denmark. Tear them down. Yes. 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.”
Internet users on seeing King’s tweets were quick to note that he’s instigating racism by calling out a certain community. Many have slammed him on Twitter for saying the “dumbest thing”. One wrote, “Seriously? To be replaced by what? So replace one form of racial preference for another? It is racial prejudice and bigotry we fight. We fight for inclusiveness of all. You seem to be advocating another form of oppression here, thus we will fight you too.”
“Why people always forget that every positive African American development in history never needed tearing down statues to achieve”, added another.
Besides being called out for promoting hatred and oppression through his subjective tweets, Twitter users have expressed their anger and disappointment in him for speaking ill of Jesus, hurting the sentiments of the religious. “While one wrote, can’t get behind you on this one bcuz now you’re crossing the line into religious freedom and expression. Depictions of Jesus are as different as the country in which he’s represented. This one’s an over-reach.”
“Has anyone noticed how racist Shaun King is? Now he is demanding the anything that represents Jesus and the Apostles needs to be destroyed. Remember a life without Christ is no life. Shaun King is the devil incarnate," expressed another.
Meanwhile, some are of the opinion that King dug his own grave with this statement. “Shaun King, talking about attacking Jesus Christ is likely the dumbest thing you have ever said in a lifetime of saying many dumb things. Following through on this plan would be the worst mistake you and the movement could possibly make in this moment” said a user on social media.