Another Black Church Caught Fire in the South
In the latest church burnings, Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church caught fire last night. This was a prominent black church in Greeleyville, S.C., located 60 miles northwest of Charleston. The Mount Zion church’s previous structure was burned by the KKK 20 years ago as a result of arson during a string of 30 fires that burned black churches in the South.
Concerns are growing in the Southern states over a spate of possible arson incidents at predominantly black churches in the wake of the South Carolina massacre last month. In just two weeks eight black churches have been burned down across the South. Arson is suspected in at least three of these incidents.
The other church burnings in the last two weeks have taken place in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida. According to several news sources, federal investigators are now looking into some of the cases to see whether or not these are hate crimes.
The latest church burning happened only nine hours after the NAACP’s statement asking black churches to take necessary precautions.
Many believe this is an American tragedy, that they are not getting the attention this deserves. The hashtag #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches, has received hundreds of thousands of mentions in the last few days.
Edited 7/4/15 SCD