Like other churches, Claremont Unified Methodist Church set up a holiday nativity scene, but they did it with a twist.
Their nativity scene depicted Black individuals and paid homage to the Black Lives Matter movement.
“It’s an eye-opener, just makes you think about stuff and gets people talking about what’s going on,” said Jennifer Barge, who saw the presentation.
What caught her eye were the figures of Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus surrounded by images of masked people holding signs saying “Black lives matter” and “I can’t breathe.”
At the very top of the nativity scene read the names and dates of dozens of black men and women shot and killed by police with the phrase “say their names” — a protest against police brutality and racial injustice in America.
“It’s sad just to see all that. A lot of it I didn’t know was up there. A lot of the names from when we were younger one from 1955, he’s 14 and it’s just my kid is 19 and it just breaks my heart,” Barge said.
The church is known for adding a twist to their nativity scenes each December, highlighting a hot-button issue in American history.
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SOURCE: CBS Los Angeles