‘Black Lives Matter’ Banner Vandalized at Seaverns Avenue Church

imageA second church in Jamaica Plain has apparently seen its “Black Lives Matter” banner fall victim to tampering.

At the Hope Central Church on Seaverns Avenue, the word “Black” has been crossed out on a ground-level banner. A second banner, posted on the church, was not vandalized.

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At the nearby St. John’s Episcopal Church (below), a “Black Lives Matter” banner appears untouched.

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The apparent vandalism comes on the heels of a vigil held last night outside the First Baptist Church, reports the Boston Globe, where a “Black Lives Matter” banner was stolen this fall. The church replaced the previous banner with a new one.

UPDATE: As of Thursday evening, the vandalized sign had been papered over with a number of “Black Lives Matter” messages. Children hung the fliers intended to restore the banner’s original message.

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  • Paul

    Black lives matter? All lives matter? The truth is, NO lives matter. We are a disgraceful, gluttonous, and destructive infestation on this planet. The atrocities our race commits in a single day should condemn us all to be wiped from existence.

    Meanwhile we have the arrogance to bicker about race. We should be bickering about SPECIES.

    • Monster

      lol

  • Monster

    Life is so much harder for my identity group than for your identity group.

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  • karenita

    I’m afraid the writer has jumped to a conclusion by considering this vandalism (and probably law enforcement, et al). I see it as a political statement. I’m not saying I agree or that I disagree, but to ignore it and just pass it off as vandalism instead of taking the opportunity to listen to the concerned is disingenuous. I read this and immediately thought, this person is trying to say that all lives matter. Maybe this person is like me and feels that Black this, Brown that, and White whatever is keeping us divided. I’m not seeing any effort to change that mindset, to finally start making the effort to seeing everyone as the humans we are. There’s so much to do to make that happen, but it will never happen if we stay divided like this. All lives matter.

    • return

      Oh god.

    • Gladys

      I’m afraid that’s the most ludicrous statement I have ever heard; Of course it’s vandalism. Just because you might have a different political view, or you’re a racist, or an anarchist, or whatever your excuse or political affiliation may be, you do not have the right to damage, destroy property belonging to someone else. There are too many other free easily accessible venues for people to make a political statement without vandalizing someone’s property.

      • karenita

        No, not a racist. A racist is a person who sees and acknowledges different races. Yes, that is the exact original definition. I lean to the left, but I don’t allow anyone to sway me away from seeing what is clearly an issue so that I can fit in to the Left’s agenda. I see people who are all the same, but who think they are different because we keep self segregating. Unfortunately, what’s happening in these comments is exactly as I suspected. This campaign is only ripping us apart as a people. The only campaign that would succeed is an all inclusive one, and it appears that people are more concerned with being “politically correct” than to actually see the harm this is doing to everyone. Remember, the powers that be want us to stay divided. It serves them, and you are serving them. I won’t do that..

        • return

          That isn’t what a racist is. Everyone sees and acknowledges different races. I’m assuming that you claim to be “colorblind” but you are lying to yourself.

          • karenita

            I never said there weren’t different shades of people. I said I don’t see or believe in the concept of race, which indicates a type of competition. Competition is a primitive concept. There’s enough of everything for everyone. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Words are powerful. Choose wisely.

  • Lily Black

    This is awesome! Someone likely got sick and tired of seeing this statement in their neighborhood and did something about it. Doesn’t the LIVES Matter opinion have a voice?!

    • Galdys

      Ok, so if I am sick of you exercising your freedom of expression I have the right to vandalize your property? If you have a Bernie sticker on your window do I have the right to smash that window because I am tired of seeing Bernie stickers? You have a right to put up your own banner; you don’t have a right to be a jerk and destroy someone else’s banner.

      • Lily Black

        First of all, I would never put a poster up like this to begin with… but IF I did, I would expect that people would not agree with my position and anticipate some type of retaliation. Free speech means all sides whether you agree or not… right?

        • return

          Freedom of speech protects you from government. It doesn’t allow you to vandalize someone’s property.

  • Malena

    Black Lives Matter is a slogan,just like any other political slogan. . An educated, well-informed person would want to dig deeper and inform her/himself of what it’s referring to. Statistics and very recent events clearly show that African Americans are disproportionately killed by police without benefiting from the Constitutional guarantee of due process. Every day there are instances where European-Americans are given the benefit of the doubt even when they are criminals and/or commit offenses. Look at the difference between the treatment of those people out in Oregon who occupied Federal land for 41 days before they were finally convinced to leave. I think the Black Lives Matter slogan is brilliant because it does exactly what is supposed to do – create awareness and at the very least, open up conversations about race as we are doing in this forum.

    • karenita

      Yes, the statistics are disproportionate, and how do you know it isn’t because we keep segregating ourselves? If we really focused on an “all lives matter” campaign, everyone would be more likely to get onboard and feel included and we could finally stop more towards ending racial disparity. Otherwise, it just pisses people off and keeps everyone divided, and that’s not brilliant at all. It’s segregation. Don’t you see that?

      • return

        Wow. You seriously have no idea what you are talking abut. Bravo. I bet you “don’t even see color”, right?

        • Gladys

          You sound like one of those racist politicians – trump, george wallace, or anyone in the bush family. Perhaps your position might be a welcome one in texas or florida, but not in JP, dearie.

          • Monster

            You realize George Wallace was famously pro-segregation, right? He believed that races were incompatibly different and should be divided, which is the opposite of the opinion of the original poster.

            (It should be noted that by the late 70s Wallace had renounced those views and subsequently became very popular with black voters in Alabama.)

          • return

            Actually I’m a PoC who was born and raised in JP who has been doing anti-racist work for the past 18 years. So much for your astute assessment, “dearie.”

          • Gladys

            Sorry Return, my post was in response to karenita’s dumb letter; it was not directed towards you, I just hit the wrong reply button. Again, I apologize.

          • return

            It’s cool. No hard feelings.

          • karenita

            Hmm. Did you really read my posts or are you just parroting what others say because my opinion differs from yours?

            My whole point was that we chose to remain divided instead of taking the opportunity to have a dialogue after someone altered a banner to say that all lives matter. I don’t know what to think of this movement because the Black folks I know have said that no one from this moment has ever made any effort to get to know the lives of those they claim matter. They never come into the Black communities and they especially never visit their churches. If white people want to know Black people, visit them where they are. Don’t tie up a highway during rush hour. This complaint I saw on a Black friend’s Facebook post, a Black man who never complains and has done a tremendous amount of work in the neighborhood in which he grew up. He never complained until that post.

            If you really think that a Bush or a Trump or a George Wallace would have this perspective, I suggest you read up on these people before getting involved in politics, even on a comment board, because you are seriously misinformed.

        • karenita

          Never said I was colorblind. I love color. I just don’t see any one color as better than another. There are so many colors, to the point each of us may actually represent a different one. So, it’s futile to try and group people into separate categories. Once you do that, you set the stage for a competition as to which one is “better.” I’m only asking people to reconsider segregating people and seeing us as one people. Isn’t that what we’ve been working towards all along? Be careful where you’re being led.

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