On Monday, Black Lives Matter radical Shaun King called for the removal of every image depicting a “white” Jesus. According to King, statues, murals and stained-glass windows of a “white” Jesus are “a gross form [of] white supremacy. Created as tools of oppression.” To say this strikes at the truth of the man and mission of Jesus Christ, and bespeaks a deep hatred on the part of King for Jesus, Christians and Christianity.
Former governor of Arkansas and ordained minister Mike Huckabee says this is “one of the most unbelievable things he’s ever heard.”
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.
They should all come down.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) June 22, 2020
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Huckabee addressed the spiritual and political issues of King’s racist statement with Fox News: “If someone would study Jesus they would find that He was the ultimate person who loved the unlovable, who cared for the ones that no one else cared for. He cared about people who were slaves. He cared about people who were prostitutes. He stepped in the path of those who were ready to stone to death a woman caught in adultery.
“Our fundamental rights don’t come from the government because if [the] government gives them, government can take them. They come from God. And we created a government unlike any that’s ever been, whose sole purpose was to protect those God-given rights so that we could live in our personal individual liberty.”
Huckabee added, “You can take down the images and the art of depicting Jesus, but you can never take the true spirit of Jesus Christ out of the lives of His followers. And historically, under oppression and persecution, the true faith begins to show even more dramatically. It’s because in the midst of darkness, light becomes more obvious.”
The historical issues are clear cut and showcase the virulent anti-Semitism that pervades the black radical movement. Jesus of Nazareth was Jewish. He was from Galilee and likely spoke Aramaic. Basic historical demographics thus categorize him as white. To claim anything else is to try and distort the historical record for ideological reasons and to deny the Jewish roots of Christianity. The anti-Semitism here is rank and odious but par for the course in the black radical movement.
There are extant historical records from the period Jesus lived on Earth, both native records and Roman. At no time is it mentioned He was of African ancestry. If He had been it would have been extraordinary, given the time and place, and it would have been noted. It was not.
King recalls the biblical flight to Egypt to make his case, taunting that it was not Denmark that the holy family fled to. Given Egypt was geographically next door and that the Egyptian people looked similar to the Jews of the area it was logical for the holy family to go there to escape the wrath of Herod. But there is an inherent contradiction in King’s argument.
If Egyptians looked like Jesus, and King is implying Egyptians were black, a common mistake for ahistorical idiots, then he is logically saying the Jews in the area were black. If not, how would they fit in so well? Of course, there is no historical proof of this whatsoever.
In fact, since the time of Joseph in Egypt and then the time of Hebrew slavery in Egypt, Jews had been going to and fro that land with regularity. Thus again, a logical place to use as a refuge. These facts not only speak to King’s lack of intellectual prowess on this subject, but his subjugation of truth to leftist ideology.