In the past week, 7 historically predominately Black churches have burned, the latest being just last night. These 7 churches are spaced over 5 Southern states.
All of this comes on the heels of the Charleston church massacre. All of the Charleston 9 had barely been buried before this all began. The churches are located in North & South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. The FBI is said to be currently investigating. Yet no immediate action is being taken and you will not find anything about it on your evening news. The breaking news last night was about Ben Affleck’s divorce.
The terrorism against Black people continues and we find ourselves once again having to declare that not only Black lives matter, but also Black culture, history, and property. There are no connections being made between the KKK or white supremacy and these burnings. History has shown that white supremacists attack Black churches as a mode of intimidation and shutting down meeting places. All of the talk about the war on this and the war on that and yet the ongoing war on Black people is only discussed by Black people on social media.
These burnings indicate that the massacre was no isolated incident. Black people threaten the Confederate flag and the next thing you know churches are up in flames. These are as good as flaming crosses in the yard. It has been nearly a year since Ferguson and Black Lives Matter began and the more Black people press for an end to discrimination and persecution, the more dangerous the opposition becomes. Every time Black people gather and demand their rights they are cited as dangerous and yet it seems that the media and authorities absolutely refuse to acknowledge the threat of racist white people in this country. Every time a cop is killed it’s connected to The Movement, but it is re-asserted time and again that each act of hate and racism is an isolated incident. White men commit 85% of mass murders and hate crimes in this country and yet still remain innocent until proven guilty, and even then they get sympathy. Meanwhile, Black people are guilty until proven innocent, and even then it’s up to us to prevent everything. The burden of stopping racism has been put on us as if the crime is being Black and not hating Black.
And that is why Black Lives Matter is such an important movement. Because time and again we are reminded that whatever hate and horrors we face, people will continue to blame everything, except the actual racists. Time and again we receive no compassion, no justice. When we are fiery and demand it we are the problem and yet the media remains silent on the persecution against us. So instead of waiting on them we’ll have to rely on ourselves and each other to ask the question who is burning Black churches, except we have a pretty good idea of the culprit. We may not know the exact perpetrators, but we know what group they are from. Perhaps if the government and authorities kept track of the KKK as much as they do those within the movement we could end these horrible terrorist attacks. We must force, as we have been doing for the last year, the media and authorities to take this matter seriously, call it what it is, and push for justice. Until then we must continue to ask #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches?
Peace and love to the members of College Hills Seventh Day Adventist Church, God’s Power Church of Christ, Briar Creek Baptist Church, Glover Grove Baptist Church, Fruitland Presbyterian, Greater Miracle Temple Apostolic Holiness Church & Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church.