NBC Chicago – A church sign sparked controversy in Chicago over the weekend when it posted a controversial message after the George Zimmerman verdict.

“It is safe to kill black people in Amerikkka,” the sign read outside the First Baptist Church of University Park.

The sign, spurred from the weekend verdict, sparked a myriad of reactions from passerbys and churchgoers alike, many of which are not what the author of the statement and pastor of the church expected.

“I understand people are emotionally upset, but inciting anger in people is not going to help,” said Josh Kulas.

Pastor Reginald Williams Jr. said, after getting heat and furor on social media, that the sign was a message “not intended to divide, but to cause honest reflection in order to make this county a better place for all.”

“I think they could have worded it better,” said Joel Baker.

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