‘Black Lives Matter’ sign outside Florida church vandalized to read ‘white lives matter’
A Florida church sign supporting the Black Lives Matter movement was vandalized to read “White lives matter,” the Palm Beach Post reports.
The sign was in a glass frame belonging to the First Unitarian Universalist Church and was promoting an upcoming sermon, church leaders told the paper. The word “Black” was taped over with a paper that says “White.”
“It tells us that we’re touching on something in our community that’s making people feel uncomfortable,” Rev. CJ McGregor told the Post. “By saying that black lives matter, we aren’t saying that black lives are the only lives that matter or matter more than other lives.”
The damage was estimated at about $1,000.
McGregor told the Post the Black Lives Matter campaign is intended to highlight the fact that oppression still exists, not discount the lives of non-black people.
Similar incidents have happened in the past.
In July a Universalist Unitarian church in Maryland had its banner reading “Black Lives Matter” vandalized when someone tore the word “Black” off, according to the UU World website.
When a number of the posters were destroyed in the St. Louis area, churches pooled their resources to erect an electric sign on Highway 44 in Missouri with the message.