Shaun King, an activist, said in a tweet Monday that the Jesus statues—sculpted to resemble a white European—ought to be taken down because they are a “gross form of white supremacy.”
“If your religion requires Jesus to be blonde haired blue eyed Jesus, then your religion is not Christianity, but white supremacy,” the 40-year-old tweeted.“In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went? EGYPT! Not Demark. Tear them down.”
Jenna Ellis, a lawyer for President Trump’s campaign, tweeted that she would “not break” if the left-wing mob comes for Christianity. It was unclear if she was referring to King’s tweet, but the activist responded, “Christian whiteness needs white Jesus. It’s not about generosity or kindness. It’s not about protecting the vulnerable. It’s about whiteness itself. Attack white Jesus to her, and you attack her faith.”
Matt Schlapp, the chairman of the American Conservative Union, tweeted, “Statues of Jesus are next. It won’t end. Pray for the USA.”
Buck Sexton, the host of “The Buck Sexton Show,” offered King a history lesson. He pointed out that there are many variations of Jesus statues, depending on what part of the world you are visiting.
Perhaps the most famous is Michelangelo, the famous Renaissance artist behind the ceiling of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel. His depiction of Jesus resembled a man from Northern Italy—which is not surprising since the Vatican is in Rome.
“That’s not white supremacy,” Sexton said. He continued, “The point is that he is the savior for Christians and that he has brought everlasting life to humanity. It’s not about what the sculptors in, you know, Italy made him look like 500 years ago. But cancel everything you can.”
King’s tweet was an example of Joe Biden’s supporters' effort to fundamentally change the country as we know it. If King gets his way, where does it end in the art world? Should artwork by European artists be put in storage to make way for African art in museums? Will portraits featuring white muses be defaced once museums begin to open up their doors?
“We have to know what the enemy is planning here, so to speak, if we are going to confront them on the battlefield and win,” Sexton said. “But don’t think that anything is sacred. There is nothing that they will not tear down if they can. And we’ll continue to see this as it is.”