Writer and activist Shaun King announced Monday that he supports the destruction of statues that depict a white Jesus.
King, who has been an outspoken supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, tweeted his remarks on Monday. He noted that historians believe Jesus likely had the 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.
“Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down,” King tweeted. “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,” he added. “Tear them down.”
The comments quickly drew condemnation from some on the platform, including several prominent conservative figures.
King clarified that he was only advocating that statues of a white Jesus be torn down in response to a tweet from the account of PragerU, a nonprofit co-founded by conservative talk show host Dennis Prager.
He also remarked that stained glass windows and other images of a white Jesus, his white mother and “their white friends” should all be destroyed, insisting they are “racist propaganda” and “a gross form of white supremacy.”
King shared an image of a darker-skinned Jesus that appeared in a 2002 Popular Mechanics article, which scholars believe may be more accurate than those showing Jesus as a European. He commented that the image would have been intolerable for white Americans who participated in slavery.
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