By Wednesday, King told his followers that hundreds of “white Christians” had threatened his life due to the comments.
King continued the thread with more pointed language, stating the monuments including Italy’s Pietà, devoted to Jesus and his mother, referred to as the Virgin Mary, are “tools of oppression.”
King has made headlines many times before Monday. For some, King is heralded as an informed voice who amplifies the efforts of the Black Lives Matter movement. Others consider the Kentucky native an opportunist who has drawn doubt due to some of his unfulfilled fundraising campaigns for social justice, as The Daily Beast reported last month.
King’s current headline-making statements about tearing down portraits and effigies of Jesus that depict him as white have received mixed reaction during the last day.
Some argued there are alternatives in art and the Christian community to the “white” version of Jesus.
Some responded to King’s tweet by suggesting that he made the comments only to “incite” more unrest and vandalism.
A few agreed with his stance.