The news is out: [The senior pastor of Washington, D.C.’s oldest black church still situated on its original site released a statement comparing the burning of his church’s Black Lives Matter sign to “cross burnings,” which were often conducted by white supremacist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan.
The far-right group the Proud Boys and other supporters of President Donald Trump carried out demonstrations in the nation’s capital on Saturday. Violence erupted throughout the evening and demonstrators began removing Black Lives Matter signs from multiple black churches in the city—then destroying or burning them.
Videos of these incidents were widely circulated on social media and police are reportedly investigating them as possible hate crimes.
Reverend Dr. Ianther M. Mills, the senior pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church, released a public statement on Sunday, pointing out that his historic church had been standing in the same place since 1836. “We are resilient people who have trusted in God through slavery and the Underground Railroad, Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement, and now we face an apparent rise in white supremacy,” he said.]
The black church worked (still works) side by side with the Klan and did whatever their common master wanted.