A prominent metro church’s new controversial banner is drawing mixed reviews from the community.
On Tuesday, Plymouth Congregational Church hung a Black Lives Matter banner on its building.
The church voted to display the banner for 10 days.
Leaders at the church, which is located at 42nd Street and Ingersoll Avenue, said the banner is part of an effort to combat racism in the community.
“Very honestly, we feel like we are late to the party, and we admit that,” said Rev. Matt Mardis LeCroy, senior minister at Plymouth Congregational Church.
Mardis-LeCroy said the 3,300 members of the church are mostly white and have not taken a stand against racism.
He said that, privately, some support the Black Lives Matter movement. Others say the movement is too political.
“What’s behind the banner is a conversation that we’ve been having at Plymouth about our sense that God is calling us to get involved in anti-racism work and to stand in solidarity with our African American neighbors,” Mardis-LeCroy said. “This is one small attempt to do that.”
“I think, on a national level, the Black Lives Matter movement has been kind of an anti-police movement,” Des Moines police Sgt. Paul Parizek said.
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