‘Reminiscent Of Cross Burnings’: Pastor Responds After Proud Boys Burn Historic Black Church’s BLM Banner
Rev. Dr. Ianther M. Mills responded Sunday after a group of Proud Boys and Trump supporters burned a Black Lives Matter banner stolen from his church.
The Rev. Dr. Mills issued a statement Sunday likening the Proud Boys’ actions to the cross-burning that was typical of white supremacist groups like the Ku Klux Klan.
“Last night demonstrators who were part of the MAGA gatherings tore down our Black Lives Matter sign and literally burned it in the street. The sign burning was captured on Twitter. It pained me especially to see our name, Asbury, in flames. For me it was reminiscent of cross burnings,” Mills wrote. “Seeing this act on video made me both indignant and determined to fight the evil that has reared its ugly head. We had been so confident that no one would ever vandalize the church, but it has happened.”
April Goggans, an organizer with Black Lives Matter D.C., also released a statement accusing the police department of protecting white supremacists throughout the demonstrations.
“Yesterday, D.C. was invaded by white supremacists who were aided and protected by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). We never expect the police to protect Black people or anyone critical of police; and the people of D.C. need to be clear MPD physically protected white supremacists, as they threatened lives, damaged historic churches, and destroyed and burned property. MPD allowed Proud Boys to physically attack D.C. residents who stood against white supremacy,” Goggans said.
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