And down will come statues, Jesus and all…

Maramis Choufani is the Managing Editor of the Las Vegas Tribune.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE/By Maramis

Maramis Choufani is the Managing Editor of the Las Vegas Tribune.

Right now it seems like there is no end in sight to the devastation that some individuals and groups are fostering on the rest of us by making decisions that please themselves. Isn’t it funny how such people will take such decision-making on their own shoulders, telling others — even if it has to be the whole world — that “This is the way it has to be. We will not have it any other way.”
Why should certain people — not even the majority — make decisions for the rest of us that only reflect how they feel about something? Have an issue with a couple of police officers? Then all police are not only suspect but guilty by association. Has an unarmed black man been killed by a white police officer? No sense in going beyond that fact.
Surely it was the white police officer’s total fault and the black victim did nothing to contribute to it. Time to riot and show how
those who knew the victim feel about it. (Yes, of course we know that there’s more than a little to the fact that some police officers let their power go to their head and use more than what it takes to subdue the suspect; they use excessive force and that’s when we end up with the kind of situation we had with George Floyd; but in the meantime it only makes sense to those who are outraged to get the whole community worked up and take it out on the whole community of police.)
While it may well be true that black men themselves kill other black men more often than white cops kill black men (especially unarmed black men), that might seem like saying more kids have fights with other kids than they have with adults. To those involved, it would be a no-brainer. But the point is that those black men that are violent know they are, and know that they would not hesitate to kill those who get in their way, black, white, police, or civilian. So it isn’t so much about the color of the person killed, it is far more about the why of the killing.
Just as it is about the why of burning buildings and cars and pulling down statues and making it all seem like the thing to do. Naturally the one who starts the action, whether it’s burning cars or buildings, otherwise rioting, brandishing weapons in “defense” of self or community (especially now that not wanting the police around is the latest rage), or planning to enlist all those who want to share in the action, it will eventually look like the “movement” it is meant to be.
And while the pulling down of statues is one of the latest “fads” in the movement of the revolt against society, against whites, against all those who don’t “get” that they must do what they must do, where does it stop — and what really is the plan and the reasoning behind it?
Perhaps we could in some way get around to eventually understanding the taking down of Confederate statues, which some say will not prove anything, but now we hear that statues and images of Jesus (and his mother and all “his friends” as someone said) must go as well, since in the spokesman’s own words for this plan of the Jesus Removal project, Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King called Monday for the removal of statues, murals and stained glass windows that depict Jesus as a “white European,” which he claimed “are a form of white supremacy.”
“Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down,” King, a former surrogate on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2020 presidential campaign, wrote on Twitter. “They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been.”
(I did not know that Israel was in Europe, Mr. King, since Jesus was born in Bethlehem, which is in Israel. And while he was born to Jewish parents of that part of the country, he would hardly have had the white European look you claim that Jesus would’ve had, whether in some people’s imagination or not. And why would you “punish” statues and stained glass anyway for the imagination of the various artists who did the depicting of the various images? I can only imagine that those who are in agreement with Shaun King never really learned anything about the Jesus who lived upon this earth and taught love for all, the
brotherhood of man. So because he and others did not and do not know what Jesus taught, they took up the rallying cry that in effect said, “let’s tear them all down because they look white and that must mean they represent white suprematists.”
There are many renderings of Jesus that are black and I don’t remember those who prefer their Jesus white to take up arms against him depicted in that color. It doesn’t matter how he is depicted, or in what color, as long as the intention was not to insult, degrade, or belittle him in any way. Unless he was photographed, we would not have an actual depiction of what he looked like and it doesn’t matter. We know he was the epitome of the best in mankind; he taught only love.
If Shaun King has something against Jesus, what kind of a person would he admire, want to be friends with, and expect to be an example for all people to look up to? Does he believe he is closer to being the Son of God than Jesus was and is?
No one who believes in freedom of religion would try to force any kind of religious belief on Shaun or anyone else. But apparently he is trying to force his anti-Jesus beliefs on society at large. If he only knew Jesus (yes, we can all know him) he would know you cannot find another person anywhere in history or alive today who taught or teaches any more inclusivity than Jesus. Yes, Jesus would even love Shaun, even as he ridicules Jesus for being depicted as white and representing white suprematists.
So this is what our country is coming to. First, we get the riots and the burning of buildings and cars, and the looting of stores; then we get the demands to defund the police, to not want them around; then we get movements to tear down all the statues and memorials that those behind the other acts of violence decide must go, after all, they are in charge now.
If they weren’t in charge, would we even be talking about any of this? Would we be allowing the likes of Shaun King and others to tear down our statues and memorials? And down will continue to come the statues, Jesus and all.
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Maramis Choufani is the Managing Editor of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Maramis, email her at maramistribune@gmail.com.

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