Since June 21, 2015 terrorist attack on Emmanuel AME Church there have been up to 7 fires of black churches reported in the South. Black churches in North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio and Tennessee. In response, agents of the state and mainstream media have attempted to gaslight black America into believing that the smoke choking of our collective souls is imagined.
The initial assumption of many was that these fires were more acts of hate crimes. According to the Department of Justice, “Preliminary investigations indicate that two of the fires were started by natural causes and one was the result of an electrical fire…If in fact there is evidence to support hate crime charges in any one of these cases, the FBI, in coordination with the ATF and local authorities, will work closely with the Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to bring those forward.”
The fact that individuals automatically came to the conclusions that these fires were rooted in hate, can be described by the recent attack and past events in history. It’s a natural reaction,” Philadelphia-based writer and activist David Love said “because of the potent political message it sends when groups such as the Klan commit these acts.
Experts say that black churches have been targeted throughout history because they have been a pillar in African American lives. So it is sensible to have some suspicions when an African American church is burned, even though only one in six churches are intentionally set on fire and even fewer are hate crimes. The connection of these fires as hate crimes are really stemmed from the recent massacre in Charleston, South Carolina. Not only was Emmanuel AME Church a pillar in the community, it also has been burned down before in 1822, so many came to the conclusion that these recent fires may not have actually been coincidences. The authority assures that these fires are not connected in any way and occurred of natural causes, such as lightning.” Thats explains visceral reaction.”