Rev Andy Pakula explains why Black Lives Matter
New Unity has denounced “racist” graffiti on its Black Lives Matter banner – after the offender crossed out “black” and replaced it with “all”. The non-religious church, known for preaching social equality since it was formed in 1708, today pinned a new banner at the front of the building after the previous one was defaced last week.
Rev Andy Pakula explained why the “All Lives Matter” graffiti was an “act of racism”: “Core to New Unity’s ethos is the conviction that all lives do matter,” he said. “But our point, and the point of the Black Lives Matter movement, is that our society and systems do not act as though black lives matter as much as white lives. We show this banner in solidarity with this very necessary movement, and because the black lives in our congregation, our community and the wider world, need to be fought for.”