An African-American minister from Alabama has sparked controversy for the sign he posted in front of his church (video below).
"Lord, please stop blacks from killing blacks,” the marquee in front of New Era Baptist Church for God in Birmingham reads, AL.com reports. The back of the sign continues with, “Young black males must respect authority."
When questioned about the signs, the minister, the Rev. Michael Jordan, stood by what he wrote.
"Our young black men are dying,'' Jordan said. "I think it gets too much attention when a white policeman kills a black male, but it gets no attention when it's black-on-black murders."
He continued, explaining he posted it on Easter to emphasize the issue.
"I told the church this was my Easter resurrection prayer,'' he said. "I think the worst part of it, we as black leaders are overlooking the problem."
It wasn’t as effective as Jordan hoped.
“I put that up hoping to ignite black pastors, and I didn't get one call. No black pastors. No black leaders,” he said.
"We have a lot of issues as black pastors within the black community and one of them is black-on-black crime, male rage, and a lot of it has to do with our young black males,” Jordan added. “The gangster rap hip-hop movement poisoned their minds with 'get quick money.'''
Of the 36 homicides in Birmingham so far in 2016, nearly half of these are confirmed black-on-black crimes, with mostly black men killed.
Jordan has also posted messages related to racial discrimination.
After George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin in Florida, Jordan posted a sign that read, "George Zimmerman jury supported white racism."
He also posted a reference to the 1983 Baby Doe rape case in Birmingham, which read, "Rape a white woman and you will die in prison."
Not all of his controversial signs have been related to race.
"AIDS is God's curse on a homosexual life,” he wrote in 2004.
Jordan is not the only African-American man to capture media attention for his statements regarding racial violence, CNN reports.
Rapper Darryl McDaniels -- known as DMC -- has made news for his new song “Flames,” which tackles both black-on-black crime and police brutality.