Laura, one of my proofreaders, told me after I sent this in its very rough stage this morning, she had to look up the story to see what I was talking about? What am I talking about? I told her there wasn’t a specific story. This was my analysis criticizing all the defenders of racist monuments to the Confederacy. I’m merely pointing out their hypocrisy and stupidity. But nope…there is a story.
Shaun King is a Black Lives Matter activist who’s no stranger to controversy. There are a lot of people on the left and in the BLM movement who aren’t fans of his. Mostly because he’s been accused of hosting fundraisers and then pocketing the money for himself. Do you know who does do that? Donald Trump. Don’t be like Donald Trump.
In the wake of calls to remove statues of Confederate leaders, Christopher Columbus, racist presidents like Andrew Jackson, and even good presidents like Theodore Roosevelt, Shaun King let out a call to remove statues of Jesus Christ. To be specific, he wants statues of WHITE Jesus Christ to be destroyed.
Shaun King said, “If your religion requires Jesus to be a blondehaired blue eyed Jesus, then your religion is not Christianity, but white supremacy. Christian whiteness, not white Christianity, has been the primary religion of this country for hundreds of years.” He also said, “In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went? EGYPT! Not Denmark.”
Shaun King may not be a guy you want on your side in a cause, but he’s right on this. How in the hell can anyone believe Jesus was white? Because you think God was white?
Now, King is receiving death threats from…wait for it…white people. They’re upset he’s coming after White Jesus and are accusing him of coming after all of Christianity. That proves Mr. King’s point. If you think coming after White Jesus is coming after Christianity…yeah, your religion is white supremacy.
That’s like saying someone who hates fruitcake hates Christmas. Are you praying to the fruitcake?
I’m not a Christian though I was raised as one. I’m very familiar with Christianity. I was even forced to attend a private Baptist school for a year in Georgia. Southern Georgia. Guess how many black kids went to that school in 1982. I’ve paid my penance. Even though I’m not a Christian and I don’t believe in the Bible god, I’m pretty sure of this: Religion doesn’t have a race or color.
I think churches should change their statues of White Jesus on the cross. But we can’t make them. The government can’t make them. Your organization can’t make them. First off, if there are any images of Jesus on government property, I don’t care what color he is, he shouldn’t be there. There’s that entire separation of church and state thing. The government is not supposed to sponsor a specific religion even though it does it all the time, especially in the south.
There is a huge, giant, enormous Confederate flag on Interstate 95 between Fredericksburg and Woodbridge, Virginia. It’s ugly. It’s offensive. My ex, Amanda, was asked by her niece, who is a child and of mixed race, what that flag stood for. I’m glad she didn’t ask me. It’s a monument to racism. it’s vile and ugly that it has to be explained to a child, whether it’s “a monument to hatred toward you,” or “hate is your heritage.” It sucks. But, it’s on private property. There has been controversy over the flag for years but there is nothing anyone can do about it except for the guy who owns it. It’s his flag on his property. It sucks we have to look at it and no, you can’t close your eyes while driving or you might crash into it.
NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its races but that doesn’t stop racist people from selling the racist image to racist consumers outside the venues.
We have freedom of speech in this nation. And just like racist fuckers can’t stop you from kneeling during the national anthem or from burning an American flag, you can’t take down a church’s statue of blonde hair, blue-eyed White Jesus. My personal solution to that is, don’t go to church.
White Jesus doesn’t really offend me because I don’t go to church, I think your religion is a superstition, you’re praying to something that doesn’t exist, so I think your monument is as false as your religion. You can put a cow on that cross and pray to it for all I care. Maybe that’s something Hindus do.
I do believe Jesus existed and he was not white. I don’t believe he was the son of God so your monument to him is false. I just want you to see the hypocrisy when you argue that statues and monuments should stay up because they honor your heritage and history. Based upon your White Jesus statue, your heritage and history is full of shit.
Basically, in regards to history, heritage, and culture, your credibility on the subject matter sucks. You guys argue the monuments are history, but you don’t know your history. You refuse to acknowledge the fact the Civil War was fought by the South to preserve slavery. Taking the statues down won’t make you dumber because you’re already there.
The only thing that really offends me about your White Jesus, is what you’re teaching your children. If it’s anything like your “southern heritage,” you’re teaching your children to be racist.
That said, all these hate statues we want to be destroyed are on government property. There should not be government-endorsed monuments to racism. Even White Jesus would probably agree with that. White Jesus wouldn’t like the monument to racism in the Oval Office. My bad. The TWO monuments to racism in the Oval Office.
I think the hardest thing for conservative racists to do is to confront facts. One fact they hate and they’re trying to cover up is that they’re not praying to a white deity…except when they’re praying to Donald Trump.
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How true … and how sad that this is where ‘people’ stand this moment in time!! Please, give me peace!!
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Great write-up, Clay. I’m sure you’ve noticed the “it’s my heritage” argument turning to “we can’t erase history or we’re bound to repeat it.” Funny to me because the new “excuse” implies that you know your first excuse was racist. Well, the new excuse is racist too. It would suggest that Germany should erect statues of Hitler before everyone forgets about the Holocaust. Extreme hypocrisy going on…but I see a hint of hope.
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Just wondering if you or your readers have ever heard Tom Waits doing “Chocolate Jesus.” It’s on You Tube. Now, there’s something I could go for.
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Tom Waits – one of my faves [the early version, before he got married and went off the track, music-wise].
Is that what happened, what he’s doing in there? Don’t know where you live, but we first encountered Tom when he was pretty much a nobody in Canada on a CBC late night show, Ninety Minutes Live, hosted by Peter Gzowski. Waits was a frequent guest on this show (along with Flo and Eddy from tlhe Turtles/Frank Zappa band, and Father Guido Sarducci who later did some SNL). The show ran 1976 to 1978. I think they liked each other, both were heavy smokers, as was I at that time. I was the first to quit, lol. Early Tom Waits was unbeatable.
I find it very strange that his television appearances on NML are not even mentioned on his Wikipedia page, and I cannot correct this as I have been blocked as an editor for some reason they won’t tell me. Live is curiously cruel. Anyway, always glad to meet another Waits fan.
There’s a highly amusing, in my opinion, video regarding the question of a white Jesus: I don’t know how many times I’ve viewed it and I laugh every time.
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That video was marvelous – thank you!
RE: Tom Waits. I saw him in a nightclub in Chicago, must’ve been late ’70’s, early ’80’s. Was right up there by the stage; I noticed that he NEVER INHALED his cigarette, so I wondered if it was all an act. Gave him a token of my esteem.
To me, his strangeness began when he met and married Kathleen . . . early Waits is fine; Small Change, Nighthawks at the Diner, Heart Attack and Vine, Heart of Saturday Night, Foreign Affairs, Closing Time, Blue Valentine, and then I gave up, altho I did buy one or two of his new CDs. I like stories, not strident noise.