Shaun King Is Dreaming Of A White Power Christmas

Shaun "Why-T" King

Shaun “Why-T” King

The Farce is strong in this one:

King: Jesus depictions today further promote a white supremacist agenda

To be clear, Christmas in the United States, despite the name, has very little to do with Jesus Christ and everything to do with consumerism and gift giving.

However, side by side with Easter, it’s also the time when we are most likely to see depictions of Jesus used as tools of white supremacy.

In Atlanta, I see them everywhere I go. Jesus as a blond-haired, blue-eyed baby and his blue-eyed supermodel mother are ubiquitous and done without even a slight hint of humor. It’s preposterous. It would truly be no different from depicting Christopher Columbus as a dark-skinned African or Thomas Jefferson as a long-haired Latino. People actually look a certain way.

Jesus was not a European.

Shhhh! Don’t tell Shaun that Jesus was a Jew!

Even if you believe Jesus is a myth and the Bible is a myth, please understand when mythical baby Jesus and his parents needed to hide, they didn’t flee to England, but to Egypt — where scripture suggests they blended in well. Two thousand years ago and in virtually every generation since, blending in with the everyday people of Egypt has always meant dark hair and dark features.

Choosing to depict Jesus and his mother in a way other than reality is strange at best and nefarious at worst.

Actually, the entire Mediterranean region has always been a multi-ethnic melting pot.

When the man who is deemed the central figure of a religion and indeed the savior of the entire world is consistently portrayed to look like a Scandinavian sailor when he more likely resembled a Syrian refugee, it’s being done to advance an Anglo-Saxon, white supremacist agenda.


It’s hard though to stereotype certain people from the Middle East as terrorists then call a man who looks just like someone from that region your savior. I’m pretty sure governors of 30 American states banned people who actually look like Mary and Jesus from taking refuge in their state.

Furthermore, it’s hard to put a man of color, any color, at the center of your faith while simultaneously advancing racism every chance you get.

A white, Eurocentric Jesus may be convenient for millions, but he is a lie designed to maintain the very systems of government and religious oppression that the biblical Jesus actually spoke out against. We forget he was arrested and executed by the state.

Because baby Jesus probably looked more like Alan Kurdi, the 3-year-old Syrian refugee whose body washed ashore and became a symbol of the migrant crisis, than a blond-haired boy, I have a hunch that the truly ethnic Jesus would have a pretty hard time around here nowadays.

Apparently our ancestors from Northern Europe in the Middle Ages were prescient to create a white Jesus so that later generations could use that image to oppress and enslave colored people People of Color.

Meanwhile, radical Christian extremists are terrorizing non-believers here in America:

Several of you have mentioned being bullied into saying “Merry Christmas” to people instead of “Happy Holidays.” Fox News is behind it, of course. The Fox News audience is so sloshed on eggnog spiked with spite and self-pity that they’ve deputized themselves as a national holiday language police squad. The irony is that the effect is so un-Christian it would make Baby Jeebus sit up in his manger and spray all three wise men with projectile vomit.

I’ve experienced this phenomenon myself this season, albeit in mild form. There’s a local grocery chain that I just adore, but I did some work for them years ago at their corporate headquarters, and they are an exceptionally conservative, Jesusy outfit (or were at the time). This year, I suspect the word has gone out to their staff that they are under no circumstances to wish customers “Happy Holidays” but instead an emphatic “Merry Christmas.” Or maybe some staff at my local branch are just freelance language policing — I honestly don’t know — but it’s noticeably different this year.

Anyhoo, most staff are perfunctory about it. But I can tell when the “Merry Christmas” is truly meant as a cultural marker rather than a sincere expression of holiday cheer. How? I’m not sure I can describe it, but there’s a malicious gleam of anticipation in the speakers’ eyes as they mouth the words, as if they are just salivating to catch you out as a fellow Christian who will respond with your own triumphant “Merry Christmas!” or as a hell-bound heathen Happy Holidayist at whom they can sneer.

At first, I wondered if I was just being paranoid about this. But an encounter at the checkout line yesterday convinced me it really is a plot. I usually just say “you too!” in response to “Merry Christmas,” but this time, I said “Merry Christmas” back. The cashier leaned in and whispered mock-confidentially, “At least it’s not illegal for us to say that. Yet!”

I wanted to rump-pah-pah-punch him in the junk. But I settled for rolling my eyes instead.

The struggle is real.

And no, that wasn’t Riverdaughter.

Happy Holy Days!



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60 Responses to Shaun King Is Dreaming Of A White Power Christmas

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    Old John Cole is not a merry old soul:

    In addition to what Betty said, I think what pisses me off the most about this whole war on Christmas thing is that I dunno if this is already incorporated into atheist already, but I am a LAZY atheist. What I mean by that is I don’t think about God. Because I don’t think he/she/it exists. Unlike Dawkins and others, I also don’t think it’s my fucking job to prove to believers that God doesn’t exist. I just am happy not dealing with the whole damned mess.

    Which explains why I get so pissed off when the Talibangelicals and jeebus freaks drag me into their bullshit when they start trying to run the country in accordance to their religious beliefs, or start bashing on gay people or telling women what to do with their bodies or trashing whomever they have chosen to be the target for their special brand of love this week. So when they drag me into this whole Happy Holidays/ Merry Christmas bullshit, they’re demanding that I fucking do something one way or another, and it pisses me off. For me, “season greetings/happy holiday/happy hannukah/merry christmas” is fundamentally no different than “hola/have a nice day/take it easy” or some other standard greeting. It’s just a meaningless pleasantry we’ve become accustomed to saying. So when someone demands I say Merry Christmas it’s as stupid as someone demanding I say “Have a nice day” instead of “take care.”

    It’s just stupidity and a pain in my ass. It’s just wingnuts finding some other way to put us at each other’s throats, and in addition to that, it’s someone I don’t know or care about forcing me to have to think or do something about something I don’t want to think or do anything about.

    Happy Kwanzaa!

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    Jonah Goldberg:

    Lastly, let me just say that I love Christmastime and I take no offense whatsoever when someone says to me, “Merry Christmas.” Indeed, I think it is written somewhere in the Talmud that if you make someone feel bad for sincerely wishing you a “Merry Christmas!” it means you’re a miserable, joyless ass (it sounds more high-minded in the original Hebrew). Of course, there’s a flip side to that. If you know someone is not Christian or hates Christmas for some reason, and you say “Merry Christmas” out of spite or vindictiveness, rather than with joy and good cheer, then you are the one putting the “ass” in Christmass.

    I have been telling people “Merry Christmas” since Thanksgiving ended. With a little luck I won’t be speaking to anyone I am not related to until at least December 26th, at which time I will be wishing people a happy new year.

    I will keep doing that until some time in early January when I will go back to a generic greeting.

  4. 1539days says:

    Of course, this all started when people who hate Christians (not necessarily Atheists) started bitching about having to hear “Merry Christmas” ringing in their virgin ears. So they started calling everyone racists and bullied stores into this “happy holidays” stuff out of fear. What pisses progs off no end is when the unwashed masses rebel against their enlightened abuse. So now they’ve retreated to default buthurt status.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Sounds like Shaun got a jump on Festivus

  6. elliesmom says:

    If some ancient document were to be discovered that includes a detailed description of Jesus, what possible difference would it make at this time in history, no Hillary sarcasm intended? If we suddenly had proof Jesus was black, would it make our history of slavery any worse than it already was? It was largely Christians who put a stop to it. Would the teachings of the Christian faith change if the face of Christ changed? If your impression of Christians is they’re a bunch of racist white people, then I guess you might get some self-satisfaction from proving to them their messiah was a black man, but then you’d be guilty of bigotry yourself. If God created man in his own image, then God , and therefore his son, looks just like you. Whoever you are. All things to all people. Once you accept the presence of a spiritual being, the rest should be easy, right? Why argue over details with someone who shares your core beliefs unless you’re only interested in spite? Save your debating skills for people who don’t believe.

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  8. votermom says:

    Wishing Happy Holdays to someone is insensitive to those who have to work on Christmas.

  9. Dora says:

    Christmas Day is a federal holiday. If anyone objects to it, he or she should go to Washington and try to have it repealed. Until then – Merry Christmas Everybody!!

    President Ulysses S. Grant declared Christmas a legal holiday in 1870. The bill to make Christmas a holiday was introduced into the House of Representatives by Rep. Burton Chauncey Cook (Illinois). It was approved and passed to the Senate on June 24, 1870. When both houses had agreed on the wording it was passed on to President Grant, who signed it on June 28, 1870.

  10. leslie says:

    I took little g-baby (the 5y/o) to see/ride the Holiday/Santa train yesterday. She loved it and got to see/meet Santa and his elves riding the train with her. The other granny said to me last night that the CTA should have a train celebrating all the other religions and diverse beliefs if they want to be inclusive. I said “interesting and just how many cars do you think that will take?” That ended that conversation. 😉
    Merry Christmas to all. And to ALL a good night. ❤

  11. Dora says:

    Despite its problems and its commie mayor, NYC is still one of the most beautiful and happy places to visit during the Christmas season. I love it!
    Merry Christmas from NYC

    • Anthony says:

      Especially last night – it was almost 70 degrees at midnight, and I took a long walk wearing a short sleeve T-shirt.

  12. elliesmom says:

    We had a woodpecker pecking on the corner of our house. We pounded on the wall, and he flew away, but he kept coming back. So I hung a suet feeder away from the house to tempt him over there instead. I don’t know if the pounding or the suet worked, but the pecking stopped.
    Two squirrels discovered the suet feeder. It’s hung on a branch that will take the weight of one of them, but probably not both. One squirrel figured out how to get at the food by hanging upside down on the feeder. When the second squirrel tried to get to the feeder, too, the first squirrel chased it away. In the process a lot of the seed ended up on the ground. The second squirrel began eating the drops. When the ground was bare, he once again challenged the first squirrel for a spot on the tree branch with the same result. At some point the squirrel on the tree branch decided to join the other squirrel eating on the ground, but he was decidedly unwelcome. There’s now a lot more food on the ground than what’s left in the feeder. The squirrel who did all of the work getting the food through the wire mesh of the feeder ended up with less food than the one who waited for the drops. There must be an allegory in there somewhere. I just know Ellie and I have enjoyed the morning’s entertainment enough to buy more suet packs. 😉

  13. piper says:

    Looking for laughs and attention

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  16. helenk3 says:

    it must be really awful to be so angry all the time. when you can not enjoy seeing others have a good time no matter what the season. Enjoying the happiness of others is a great gift that should be appreciated no matter what your faith is.or even if you have no faith. Most people when wishing a greeting to another are trying to include them and want good things for them. What is wrong with that?

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  19. blowme0bama says:

    What a sick, sick world we live in that someone so obviously mentally ill as this race-faker is given a huge megaphone to spew vile ramblings of resentment and self-hate.

  20. driguana says:

    Whatever lifts you higher during this season, let it lift you up!!! Let the mystery be…

    • piper says:

      Refuse to go there. Always believe in hope – hope that the pendulum will swing back to ‘balance’ not one sidedness (either left or right craziness which is really about control).

  21. piper says:

    Merry Christmas – may it be full of cheer, love, family and friends.

  22. piper says:

    Thank you Swannie for posting this Frank Luntz video. Interesting that a few white people are trying to be progressive liberals while most of the AA people are stating truths rather than platitudes. Afrocity is one beautiful person.

  23. piper says:

    One more before my shower – stolen from Dave at NQ

  24. piper says:

    Will change my avatar on Saturday to something more appropriate for the new year. Stay tuned.

  25. helenk3 says:

    thinking about how great it is to live in this country during the Christmas Holidays. Glad I did not live there

  26. Myiq2xu says:

    You have 4 cats and a door with 2 sides (inside/outside) What are the odds that all 4 cats will be on the same side of the door at any given time?

  27. Myiq2xu says:

    A cat is sitting expectantly in front of a door. You go over and open the door. The cat will:

    1. Run thru the open door.
    2. Lean forward and sniff the air on the other side.
    3. Come part way thru the door and then stop.
    4.. Just sit there.
    5. Turn and walk away.
    6. All of the above, several times a day.

  28. Better headline IMO: Shaun King is an infantile and historically challenged angry person whose life is so shallow he sits around writing this crap on Christmas Eve thinking someone might actually agree with him.

    Now…for the rest of us – Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!



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