A Black Lives Matter sign was vandalized on the property of the First Unitarian Church in Wilmington on Friday or Saturday.
The word Black was cut out of the banner.
The Wilmington News Journal reports that the church issued a statement which said the vandalism was an effort to silence the voice of the church.
In the statement the church added that the largely white congregation put the sign up not only as a spiritual commitment but also to begin “a conversation within the community about institutional racism and violence aimed at people of color.”
It added that those who vandalized the sign had clearly chosen not the engage in that conversation.
The banner was replaced on Sunday with another that had been in reserve because of vandalism that has taken place at other locations.