Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King says statues of JESUS should be torn down because they are ‘white supremacy’ – The Sun

BLACK Lives Matter activist Shaun King says statues of JESUS should be torn down because they are "white supremacy."

King's comments came as protesters across the nation have toppled or attempted to tear down statues of Confederate soldiers and other US historical figures.

King – a civil rights activist, podcast host and writer – has said he believes certain statues of Jesus should be torn down, too.

"Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down," King tweeted Monday.

"They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been.

He added: In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went? EGYPT! Not Denmark.

"Tear them down," he said.

King added in a separate tweet that all other depictions of "white Jesus" and other similar people should be taken down, too.

"Yes. All murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends should also come down," King tweeted.

"They are a gross form white supremacy. Created as tools of oppression. Racist propaganda.

"They should all come down," he wrote.

Credit: Twitter @shaunking

Credit: Twitter @shaunking

King, 40, has written about civil and human rights and is the co-founder of the Real Justice PAC.

His tweet was met with backlash by some.

"There is a long beautiful history of people depicting Jesus looking familiar to their place and culture," one person tweeted.

"Jesus is not about race, and saying to tear down depictions that occur in a European-dominant context is as racist as removing them from any culture," they added.

Another person tweeted: "Taking down statues of slavers or war criminals and placing them in museums is one thing. Painting over 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."

Some other people made comparisons of destroying the depictions with that of "the Soviet Union" and "Nazi Germany."

"Purging art now," one person tweeted. "Where did I see this before. Oh yes, Nazi Germany, USSR, Cambodia under Pol Pot, Mao's Cultural Devolution, etc."

King's comments came the day before President Donald Trump announced he authorized Feds to arrest and jail anyone who "vandalizes or destroys any monument or statue" for up to 10 years.

On Monday night, protesters in Washington DC tried to topple a statue of Andrew Jackson outside the White House.

Hundreds of people locked arms to pull it down apparently in protest against the 19th century president's treatment of Native American.

Last week on June 19, or Juneteenth – the day celebrating when slaves in Texas were freed in 1865 – demonstrators in Portland, Oregon pulled down a statue of George Washington.

One of America’s founding fathers, Washington was a rich Virginia planter and a slaveholder.

Protesters set an American flag on fire on top of Washington's head before the statue was pulled from its pedestal.

The toppling – or attempted toppling – of Confederate and other US figures comes amid ongoing demonstrations following the death of George Floyd.

Protesters have gathered to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement, as they call for an end to systemic racism and police brutality.

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