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Over the last couple of weeks, 6 Black churches have been destroyed because of suspicious fires, and 3 have now been declared arson. The fires happened in the wake of the massacre at an AME church in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Southern Poverty Law Center have already said the fires shouldn’t be looked at as a coincidence.

According to the Washington Post, several government agencies, including the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are involved in investigating the fires.

The College Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church in Knoxville, Tenn. was set ablaze on June 22, along with a church van outside of the building. Investigators suspect arson, though WATE reports it is not being investigated as a hate crime.

Other churches set on fire include:

Macon, Ga.’s  God’s Power Church of Christ as well as churches in Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee were set on fire last week. But two of those are believed to have been started by lightning or electrical fires, according to the Washington Post.

Photo Credit: AP


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  • Me

    this gov’t will do anything in it’s power to call these incidents anything but domestic terrorism. we know what it is. it’s time to start demanding that these law enforcement agencies protect our safe places just like they would any other group in this country. wth is it going to take to admit that black folks are being terrorized by white supremacists?

  • [email protected]

    There are hateful people in the world. We know how sick and evil racism and hatred are. I know of another story where some Brothers and Sisters in a Minnesota black church have trained and armed some of their members. I have no problem with security measures in church, so people can be protected of their religious liberty rights. Also, these acts of arson are wrong. No church should experience arson with members’ property being damaged or destroyed. The criminals, who have harmed churches, are nothing more than domestic terrorists. The feds should prosecute the criminals who have done these evil, atrocious deeds. Also, we have every human right to defend our communities and to use self defense if necessary to combat any terrorist who seeks to harm innocent black people who just want to worship God in peace. Regardless of what anyone says, we, as black people, are fighting oppression. This is a class struggle and it’s a struggle where we want people of black African descent to be free.

    #Hate will not win.

  • Mahogany

    We can no longer pray in peace. Lord help us.

  • Segregation is political now since effort goals of Democrats playing concern game!
    What about gangs in southern regions whom robbed many Blacks congregations this n