Nearly a Third of Black People Want White Jesus Removed From Churches, Poll Shows

Almost one-third of Black Americans believe that "white Jesus" should be removed from churches across the country, according to a new poll.

The poll, which was conducted by Rasmussen Reports, surveyed 1,000 U.S. adults from June 23 to June 24 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

According to the poll, support for removing "white Jesus" from churches is strongest among Black Americans, as 31 percent said so. In comparison, 9 percent of white adults also said they support the removal and 13 percent of other minority Americans agreed.

The poll's findings come shortly after Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King published a tweet stating that he believes murals and statues of white Jesus should be taken down.

"All murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends should also come down. They are a gross form of white supremacy. Created as tools of oppression. Racist propaganda. They should all come down," King wrote in a tweet on July 22.

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

Yes.

All murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends should also come down.

They are a gross form white supremacy.

Created as tools of oppression.
Racist propaganda.

They should all come down.

— Shaun King (@shaunking) June 22, 2020

Among political party lines, the poll found that 82 percent of Republicans disagree with the idea of removing white Jesus from churches, while 58 percent of Democrats and 69 percent of Americans not affiliated with either party agree.

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People pray inside of St. Michael's Church on May 26, 2020 in the Sunset Park neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough in New York City. New poll shows 31 percent of Black Americans believing that white Jesus should be removed from churches. Stephanie Keith/Getty

The poll also found that 65 percent of Americans believe that Jesus Christ "was the son of God who came to earth to die for our sins," which according to the poll, is a decrease from 77 percent four years ago. In comparison, 22 percent disagree, and 13 percent said they were not sure.

While nearly a third of Black Americans believe that white Jesus should be removed from churches across the country, another poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, found a much higher level of support for the removal of Confederate statues.

According to this poll, 84 percent of Black Americans support the removal of Confederate statues from public areas across the country, while only 11 percent disagreed. Overall, the poll found that 52 percent of all respondents also support the removal of these statues, while 44 percent said the opposite.

This poll surveyed 1,332 self-identified registered voters from June 11 to June 15 with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points, as well as 200 Black registered voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 6.9 percentage points.

Newsweek reached out to Rasmussen reports for comment on the poll's findings but did not receive a response in time for publication.