Winston-Salem, N.C. — Police want to find the person who vandalized a church in Winston Salem. Vandals spray painted the word 'white' on the doors of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Robinhood Road.
They also tore down a black lives matter banner that hung prominently at the entrance. A church worker discovered the damage Sunday morning.
This is the third time someone has torn down the banner at the church but the first time they've defaced property. The minister of the church said if anyone is bothered by the black lives matter banner they should opt for dialogue instead of vandalism.
"We are courageous people and we want to stand boldly on the side of love and compassion. We would like to invite people who disagree with us to come and have a direct conversation with us and not sneak around at night," said Reverend Lisa Schwartz.
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The church replaced the banner and volunteers were able to wash off some of the letters on the glass but the door will need new paint. They have also upgraded the security surveillance system and an administrative staff is assisting the Winston-Salem Police department with reviewing surveillance video.