A Black church in Mississippi was burned in the name of Trump

❝ A black church in Greenville, Mississippi, was set on fire on Tuesday night. Fire fighters arrived to find Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church “heavily engulfed in flames,” Mayor Errick Simmons said in an interview; the fire took nearly an hour to contain. No one was in the church at the time, and no one was injured. On the side of the church, beneath the blackened windows and roof, the words “Vote Trump” have been spray painted.

❝ The fire is being investigated as a hate crime, Simmons said. Federal authorities, including the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and Explosives, are helping local authorities with the investigation, which is part of the standard procedure for church fires….“I see this as an attack on the black church and the black community.”…

❝ Arson is notoriously difficult to prove…In this case, though, someone left a calling card about politics. It’s not yet clear who set the fire, if anyone set it; whether the person who set the fire is the same person who wrote the graffiti; or why, if the fire was intentional, Hopewell M.B. Church was the target. One thing is clear, though: At some point, someone decided to attach the name of Trump to a burned black church…

❝ Ain’t nothing new. Race hatred is as old as the American Confederacy and the slave economy that justified out-of-date and failed economics with racism. A practice that continued legally in the United States for decades.

Today, we have a Republican presidential candidate whose family was found guilty – twice – of conducting business as a racist enterprise. He has no problem with the dregs of American politics – still dedicated to bigotry, apartheid, as social norms.

One thought on “A Black church in Mississippi was burned in the name of Trump

  1. Mike says:

    The Twilight Zone (TV Series): “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” (1960). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Monsters_Are_Due_on_Maple_Street
    Closing narration.
    Narrator: [Rod Serling] “The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill, and suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own for the children, and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone.”

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