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Shaun King says statues of "white" Jesus Christ should be torn down. He made his remarks as Black Lives Matter protesters have torn down statues of past presidents and Confederate generals.

The transracial Caucasian activist, who claims to be a Black man, says historians believe Jesus likely had the appearance of people who typically lived in the Middle East rather than the white, bearded man depicted in the Holy Bible and other Christian literature.

"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."

He added: "In the Bible, when the family of Jesus wanted to hide, and blend in, guess where they went? EGYPT! Not Denmark. Tear them down."

He also said that stained glass windows and other images of a white Jesus, his white mother and "their white friends" should all be destroyed."

The backlash was swift. King complained that he'd received 20 death threats in a span of 12 hours.

Some Twitter users said King's comments are in keeping with the Democrats' goal to destroy traditional values, the church and family.

Others noted the irony in King's words, since he himself is a white man.

Twitter user @CharriseLane tweeted:

"Shaun King is trying to take down White Jesus statues while knowing that he himself is White.

Sit your White behind down and mind your business Shaun."