Commonwealth Policy Center

Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King tweeted that statues of Jesus should be taken down. King said in a tweet “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.” King then posted that “white Jesus is a lie” and a “tool of white supremacy” created to help white people use Christianity as a “tool of oppression. He added that white people would never have accepted a religion “from a Brown man.” King’s tweets stirred controversy, yet forces us to rethink what it is that Jesus taught, which is the Golden Rule to “do unto others as you’d have done unto you.” “Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow him. Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you,” and “seek ye first the Kingdom of God.” If anything, Jesus is the only person in history weighty enough to bring about peace and racial reconciliation in our time. That’s because it’s something only God Himself can do.