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Opinion We declare: Black Lives Matter

A Black Lives Matter sign hangs from the fencing encircling the White House on June 7.
A Black Lives Matter sign hangs from the fencing encircling the White House on June 7. (Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post)

We appreciated the Rev. William H. Lamar IV’s call to action after white supremacists burned his congregation’s Black Lives Matter banner [“Will America finally abandon its racist myth?,” op-ed, Dec. 16]. Like many faith communities in D.C., our Quaker meeting also displays a Black Lives Matter sign. Ours asks, “How does your life help end racial injustice?” It has been pulled, graffitied, stabbed and otherwise desecrated; we’ve had to replace it a number of times.

All of the faith congregations we know with similar signs have experienced such attacks — not by outsiders coming to D.C. to support their cause, but by local folks. None of the other banners we’ve hung on our fence has suffered such a fate. Racism is alive and active in our city. We stand with Metropolitan AME in declaring that Black Lives do Matter.

Debby Churchman,
Barbara Briggs
and Elaine Wilson, Washington

The writers are members of the Friends Meeting of Washington.

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