It what may or may not be an organized effort by white supremacists, Addicting Info is reporting that three black churches have burned under mysterious circumstances since the senseless murder of nine African-Americans in a Charleston, South Carolina church last week.
The website reports that since the Mother Emanuel AME church attack, four black churches across the South have burned—in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida—though the one in Tallahassee, Florida may have been caused by electrical issues rather than arson or foul play.
Addicting Info reports:
On Tuesday, a Macon, Georgia church was set ablaze. While officials are reluctant to call it a hate crime, it was determined that God’s Power Church of Christ was burned intentionally. The investigation is ongoing, with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
On Wednesday morning, a Charlotte, North Carolina church burned to the ground. On Thursday, the Charlotte Fire Department announced that the fire, which caused more than $250,000 in damages, was set deliberately.
On Friday, Glover Baptist Church in Gloverville, South Carolina was burned. Details are few at the moment, and an investigation is ongoing. The FBI is assisting the investigation.
When there was a spate of church burnings in the mid-90s, the Washington Post concluded that there was a “pattern but no conspiracy,” reporting that most of the perpetrators of the crimes then were “generally white, male and young, usually economically marginalized or poorly educated, frequently drunk or high on drugs, rarely affiliated with hate groups, but often deeply driven by racism.”
Sounds like the Charleston shooter’s clan, no?
Roland Martin and the NewsOne Now Straight Talk Panel discuss the recent rash of Black church burnings. Is the Black church under attack? Watch this important NewsOne Now discussion in the video clip below.