This is starting to get a little fishy, at least six predominately black churches in the South have been burnt down. All happening in the week and a half since nine people were gunned down in the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
The fires have been happening in North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. Not all of the church burnings are being considered a hate crime though, as some are being investigated as suspicious, arson, or an electrical problem.
A woman by the name of Adonica Simpkins lives in a trailer near one of the churches that got burnt down and she claims she was one of the first to call 911 and walk down to the pastor’s house to let him know. She also went on to say:
“I actually think it might be a hate crime. The way things are happening these days, you never can say. Look how they went up there and shot someone in the church, or other churches burning down. It’s just so much going on in the world. You never know.”
The president of the Southern Poverty Law Center said the churches all burning down so soon is very, very suspicious and how black churches have long been the focus of civil rights activity, that reason being why they are targeted historically. He also went on to say:
“It’s not unreasonable to suspect that what we’re seeing [now] is a backlash to the taking down of the Confederate flag, the determination of our country to face its racial problems.”
So, what do you guys think? Are these churches burning down a simple coincidence, or are people extremely salty about the flag? Let us know!