A Black Lives Matter Sign Vandalized For Second Time In 2 Weeks
White folks The Devil is hard at work…
A “Black Lives Matter” sign at a Maryland church was vandalized on Tuesday for the second time in less than a month.
The River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, which the Washington Post reports is predominantly white, wanted to highlight the struggles of their black brothers and sisters by placing a “Black Lives Matter” sign outside their Bethesda church. After vandals defaced it, all that’s left is “Lives Matter.”
Gabrielle Farrell, a religious leader at River Road, told The Huffington Post that it was a “natural progression” for the congregation to put up the sign as it works to learn what it means to ally with marginalized people living in a broken system.
“Yes, all lives matter,” Farrell told HuffPost. “But the ‘Black Lives Matter’ phrase is voiced by real people calling attention to situations that we wish to call attention to as well. So we don’t change the words.”
The first time the sign was defaced, on July 29, the church replaced it within a few weeks. And it intends to replace it again.
“We are sad and angry about this violation of our public witness,” Rev. Louise Green, the church’s minister for congregational life, wrote on Facebook. “We are not backing down and we remain in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, as part of our [Unitarian Universalist Association] social justice action.”
They mad, huh? Good. We are too.
Image via River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation