- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The #BurnWhiteJesus campaign is gaining steam on social media in which non-white participants are asked to set fire to photos of Jesus Christ.

The trend supposedly started last month with “Mr. Savannah Black,” who posted a video on YouTube calling for people to set fire to pictures of Jesus Christ that depict him as a white man.

Mr. Black has argued that white Jesus is an image synonymous with white supremacy and should not be worshipped, the Christian Post reported.

“When are some of you gonna take up the challenge brothers and sisters and let the system of white supremacy see that it truly is a new day and way of thinking for the black man and woman in this dimension of reality,” he wrote on his Facebook page earlier this week.

Historians have argued that Christ, who lived in the Middle East 2,000 years ago, would likely not be white and that the white depiction of Christ likely originated in Europe in the Middle Ages.

The #BurnWhiteJesus challenge has been slow to pick up on Facebook and Twitter, but at least 10 different videos by black men participating in the challenge have been uploaded to YouTube in the past week or so.

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