Black Churches Are Burning in St. Louis: Are Domestic Terrorists Attempting to Strike at the Heart of the Black Community?

 

The damage sustained at New Life Missionary Baptist Church by a fire, the fifth black church in the area to be hit by arson in 10 days.

 

 

The damage sustained at New Life Missionary Baptist Church by a fire, the fifth black church in the area to be hit by arson in 10 days.

The damage sustained at New Life Missionary Baptist Church by a fire, the fifth black church in the area to be hit by arson in 10 days. IMAGE: ST. LOUIS FIRE DEPT.

 

Black churches are burning again, this time in St. Louis.  Six churches have burned in two weeks in the metropolitan area, and this time, authorities seem to be paying attention.

 

According to local officials, the six fires set since October 8 appear to be connected, as they were all set in a church entryway or door, reports the New York Times.  The latest church to fall prey to arson was the Ebenezer Lutheran Church, when parishioners arrived Sunday morning to discover the blaze.

 

A number of agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are investigating the incidents, and a $2,000 reward is being offered.  No injuries have been reported, as the fires were set when the churches were not occupied.  Further, the fires were set during different parts of the day, to churches of various denominations, and buildings ranging from small storefronts to larger, more sophisticated edifices.  Damage to the churches has ranged from a few hundred dollars to near destruction according to CBS News, which also noted the churches are all within a few miles of each other in North St. Louis.

 

“We believe that this fire-setting activity is meant to send a message,” said a joint statement from the St. Louis Police and Fire Departments and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The statement did not specify what the message was.

 

“It is arson. That’s why law enforcement is involved in this entire investigation,” said Captain Garon Mosby of the St. Louis Fire Department.

 

“Churches are a place for worship. They’re a place of sanctuary,” St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said. “Someone who would commit such a crime is atrocious.”

 

“These cowardly acts of violence against places of worship are deeply troubling,” said Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.  “Houses of worship must be safe havens where people can come together in faith and fellowship—not [become] the targets of hate and violence.”

 

Pastor Roderick Burton of the New Northside Missionary Baptist Church, whose front doors caught fire, told Vice News he believes the fires are connected, and he has not heard from neighboring churches or from the mayor’s office.

 

“One thing I am disappointed about is I haven’t heard anything from the rest of the faith community in terms of solidarity,” he said. “St. Louis is a racially divided city. If I was a white pastor, I would be more intentional about reaching out to a black church and being like, ‘Hey, we’re with you, we’re not for this,’ I haven’t heard anything. After all we went through regarding Ferguson, to me, any type of violence, it should be addressed from the top.”

 

In the past year, the St. Louis area has been roiled in light of police violence, including the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson last year.

 

Additionally, there has bee a recent focus on the racial profiling and economic exploitation of local Black residents by the police and court system.  The #BlackLivesMatter movement gained momentum following the death of Michael Brown, and has called for an end to the killing of Black bodies by law enforcement as well as reform of the criminal justice system.

 

According to the Anti-Defamation League of St. Louis, while no racial motive has been established, “the fear and intimidation in the African-American community is substantial and must be validated.”  In July, as Reuters noted, the organization raised similar concerns following a series of church burnings in the South after the massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, when a white supremacist opened fire and killed nine Black congregants during a Bible study group. Emanuel is an historic Black church with important significance to the African-American community, as it has stood as a symbol of Black struggle against oppression, and was part of the first independent Black denomination in the United States. Following its involvement in Denmark Vesey’s slave rebellion, the church was burned down by angry whites.

 

Throughout history, from slavery to the civil rights movement, up until today, the Black church has played a major role as a center of the Black community, a place of refuge, and a source of effective political organizing. It is for those reasons that white supremacists and domestic terrorists always targeted the Black church with acts of violence–a prominent example being the 1963 firebomb murder of four little girls at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

 

The purpose of such acts of violence have been to strike fear into the heart of the African-American community and kill its spirit and its activism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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since they do not view Blacks as either America or humans, these acts will go unpunished.  I saw one news segment in which one of the churches had a hand written poster declaring that 'Whoever did this...we forgive you!'

 

 

strangely, whites never forgave OJ or Mike Vick.....  Jews never forgave Hitler or the Nazi...  only American Blacks are TOLD to forgive those that harm us.  

 

 

Question: with all this forgiving, what has really changed since the Civil Rights movement?  

What has really changed since the ancestors arrived?? Things have been moved around, nothing's really changed. America's extremely hostile to Africans living here, and that's putting it extremely mildly. What little heart we have left, some find it in theirs to forgive. It beats being a flat out murderer/destroyer walking around looking like 6 sick bulldogs with doggy HIV all the damn time. Either they're killing people in the church or they're burning the churches down. Hope none of them suffer LAPD Syndrome, no one will have a fuckin' chance. Church and folks fried into the great beyond together. Hold on Everybody!!  That's next!!!!

 

Barbequed Negroes a la carte domain included.

  The media's been quiet about the ongoing church burnings.  They haven't stopped.  We need our OWN journalists tracking these events.  We shouldn't have to wait for massa media to tell us anything about what's going in our community.  Maybe that's something these black advocate groups should think about and pursue.  Because I'm tired of hearing about the horrors of black life AFTER the fact.  One day is too late.  So.  What we gon now?  But!

Can't cameras be placed on the grounds of these churches. Can't someone be paid to watch these churches in a clandestine way during the night?? Put a surveillance system in all these churches. Today it's the church; tomorrow it'll be your home. It seems something horrendous along side the many deaths is coming our way!!!!

 

Black folks done made white folks nuttier than fruit cakes and the shit ain't cute.

 

When I was little, there was a song "America the Beautiful", or something like that. They don't sing that shit anymore. America's lost her fuckin' beauty, if she ever had it. The land might be pretty; the people definitely are not!!!! No more singing of that song.

Originally Posted by Kocolicious:

  The media's been quiet about the ongoing church burnings.  They haven't stopped.  We need our OWN journalists tracking these events.  We shouldn't have to wait for massa media to tell us anything about what's going in our community.  Maybe that's something these black advocate groups should think about and pursue.  Because I'm tired of hearing about the horrors of black life AFTER the fact.  One day is too late.  So.  What we gon now?  But!

 

 

I think this is the power of social media.  Youtube, twitter, and facebook are very  powerful venues to spread information.  We can't just rely on the news people to tell us the full story or any story at all.  I get most of my news from online.  This is the only way we can spread the truth.

 

 

Originally Posted by RadioRaheem:

since they do not view Blacks as either America or humans, these acts will go unpunished.  I saw one news segment in which one of the churches had a hand written poster declaring that 'Whoever did this...we forgive you!'

 

 

strangely, whites never forgave OJ or Mike Vick.....  Jews never forgave Hitler or the Nazi...  only American Blacks are TOLD to forgive those that harm us.  

 

 

Question: with all this forgiving, what has really changed since the Civil Rights movement?  

 

I think there is something fundamentally flawed with the African race because nobody else behave like this...

 

You kill a dog and White people will haunt you until your dying breathe.

 

White people kill us and we forgive them and pray for them the next day. It's disturbing behavior. 

Originally Posted by GoodMan:
Originally Posted by RadioRaheem:

since they do not view Blacks as either America or humans, these acts will go unpunished.  I saw one news segment in which one of the churches had a hand written poster declaring that 'Whoever did this...we forgive you!'

 

 

strangely, whites never forgave OJ or Mike Vick.....  Jews never forgave Hitler or the Nazi...  only American Blacks are TOLD to forgive those that harm us.  

 

 

Question: with all this forgiving, what has really changed since the Civil Rights movement?  

 

I think there is something fundamentally flawed with the African race because nobody else behave like this...

 

You kill a dog and White people will haunt you until your dying breathe.

 

White people kill us and we forgive them and pray for them the next day. It's disturbing behavior. 

 

"We" who?  Just because you see 1 or 2 or 10 or 100 Black people on tv claiming to "forgive" a racist murderer, that does not mean that ALL damn near 50 million Black people in America are feeling the same way.

If we forgave all the racists fucks in this country, we'd be forgivin' 'til the cows came home and went back out again. There's something wrong with these "people", and it's beyond horrific we're the ones chosen to feel their wrath day after day after day. Century after century after century. The word "enough" is not in our vocabulary. "Motherfucker's" not powerful "enough; "mother" is a female; more than half have NO INTEREST in that, want to LOOK like females and almost DO.

 

They kick our ass because we're incapable of kicking back. Those old Italian dudes of long ago wouldn't have put up with their shit for a second. It would have been different than the St. Valentine's Day massacre. Those old dudes a hop skip and a jump from Africa (Sicily) didn't play. Make you eyeballs sail to the next planet detached from your fuckin' head. Had dead bodies laying all over the streets of America in the 20's, 30's and 40's.

 

We've grinned and buck danced so damn much for these assholes, we can't retaliate. Liked them no matter WHAT THEY DID TO US. Now some of us are Black as the Ace of Spades wearing blonde wigs flowing down our backs, sitting atop our heads for what fuckin' reason, I'll NEVER know. It damn sure ain't beauty; must be showin' your love with the hair of the Labrador. Your love of the DOGS!!!!!!!

 

Now our asses are laying all over the streets of America instead of hanging from all the fuckin' trees of America.

 

Black America, if someone had the balls, they'd tell us we're nothing but damn fools in America. I don't have any balls, but I'm close to tellin' ya. You don't have to listen to me, just look at your TV or read a newspaper. Open your EYES.

Originally Posted by sunnubian:
 

"We" who?  Just because you see 1 or 2 or 10 or 100 Black people on tv claiming to "forgive" a racist murderer, that does not mean that ALL damn near 50 million Black people in America are feeling the same way.

That's not the point.

 

The point is no other race of people will broadcast this forgiveness narrative. Black people have a forgiveness narrative that is in our collective consciousness throughout Civil Rights Era and Apartheid that our poltical representatives embrace.

 

You don't need all.

 

We didn't have a trial in South Africa, we had a truth and reconciliation fucking meeting. The biggest war criminal, Prime Evil, is free right now in South Africa. In a sea full of Black people. Show me the Nazi that is running around free. 

 

We let motherfuckers that slaughtered thousands of Africans live.

 

The SC victims families and survivors forgave the damn shooter the next fucking day. 

 

 

Jews hunted every single Nazi down. Nazis are still being put in prison and they are 80 and 90s years old. Jews don't give a fuck. 

 

White people will ruin your life over a dog. They will send you death threats over a dog. 

 

White Americans saw 9/11 happened and they went all over the world killing Arabs with drones and shit.  They started putting Arabs in concentration camps. And they don't care. You bombed our buildings, this is what you get. 

 

A cultural narrative doesn't need to be cosigned by every single Black person, there is no such thing as unified opinion or whatever. But forgiveness, nonviolence and humbleness is part of the Black political consciousness and it has been for a long time and that's why Black people respond to existential threats or violated norms by outsiders with forgiveness and nonviolence.

 

While Europeans, Arabs, Asians and Jews respond with hostility and aggressiveness and on occasion violence. Talk bad about Jews, the ACLU will be on your ass and threatening your livelihood. 

 

When other races are under attacked, they don't send their preachers and professors, they gather their media, military and business owners and they prepare for battle their enemy. 

 

The media, guns and money, that's what other people fight with. We bring Jesus, Allah, Twitter fingers and signs. 

Lots of us are into cchhuuurrrccchh!!!  Lots Praise Dance (that stuff's funny(YouTube)), Lots of us have JESUS, Lots of us ain't got no time to HATE!!!!!! At least, most of us don't look like we stepped out of coffins. And at that we can be PROUD!!!!!!

 

America done fucked us up, yall!!!!!!

 

Mo'nin'!!

7:00 A.M., Saturday!!

"We didn't have a trial in South Africa, we had a truth and reconciliation fucking meeting. The biggest war criminal, Prime Evil, is free right now in South Africa. In a sea full of Black people. Show me the Nazi that is running around free. "

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Now that was f--ked up!  It's very likely, [and now is stated so by many South Africans], that they were able to quickly replace ANC members with those willing to be bribed, willing to sell-out all Africans, all Black people in their own land, and/or quickly got to those who were already sellouts to begin with.  

Unfortunately also, Mandela took ill-fated advice from the Asians [and others,] to not nationalize South Africa's  natural resources, which left racist Whites in the same positions of socio-economic power, and South Africa's natural resources remaining the Welfare for White nations, while leaving the natives of southern Africa virtually in the same position they were in during apartheid.    

 

But, in America, I can assure you that most African Americans are not thinking about forgiving racist White murderers, no matter how many couple, or 5 or 10 or 100 Black people they can parade in front of a camera to say they "forgive" cold-blooded racist murderers a day after the murderer has killed Black people in cold blood out of racism.  

 

Otherwise, you are correct, Black people on average are forgiving, and logical, and think rationally and naturally have a tendency to put things in context, and there is nothing wrong with forgiveness, but no matter what America's Propaganda Machine churns out and regardless to the number of kneegroes that basically worship Whites and/or go for any and all okey-dokes racist Whites play on them, most African Americans are not forgiving racism or the cold-blooded racists that perpetrate it against Black people in America, [or anywhere in the world], for that matter.  There is a big difference between forgiving genuine remorse and repentance and just arbitrary forgiveness that is not based on anything or anything genuine from a perpetrator.  Neither does 'forgiveness' erase memories or instill blind-trust going forward.  

 

 

Whatever we are forgiving or non-forgiving, we're not RETALIATING and therefore, they've probably killed 3 of us since we awakened this morning. They walk away free as birds in a tree WHATEVER THEY DO TO US, forever collecting that paid administrative dough and therein lies at the bottom, middle and top of allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll our problems, with these oogly crypt keeping murderers of the Blackness. Money continues to flow their way AFTER they kill our children, no matter what age (our children) are. I think that would be called PAID MURDERERS.

 

For the record:  We're ALL our parents' children.

Originally Posted by Norland:

Whatever we are forgiving or non-forgiving, we're not RETALIATING and therefore, they've probably killed 3 of us since we awakened this morning. They walk away free as birds in a tree WHATEVER THEY DO TO US, forever collecting that paid administrative dough and therein lies at the bottom, middle and top of allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll our problems, with these oogly crypt keeping murderers of the Blackness. Money continues to flow their way AFTER they kill our children, no matter what age (our children) are. I think that would be called PAID MURDERERS.

 

For the record:  We're ALL our parents' children.

 

 

Yeah, they keep building up all that false confidence; all that over-confidence; all that delusion.

Originally Posted by Norland:

You know how secretive they are; I believe they've made a Behind Closed Doors pact to kill every last one of our black asses and it's coming to pass.

 

Hell, they made that pack after the Civil War, and renewed it after the Civil Rights Movement and Integration.  

 

It's only Black people that have been duped into believing that racist have not been working non-stop since then to cease every opportunity to discriminate against Black people, cause or inflict harm, violence and even death on Black people, all the while working diligently to dismantle every gain Black people have achieved since the Civil Rights Movement in this country.

 

It's just that Black people, for a short time, were being buffered by Whites that are not racist or crazy as hell in this country from all of America's racist psychos bent on harming Black people, and we had [also for a short time] African American "leaders", politicians and activists who were the real deal, which, unfortunately, gave Black people a [very dangerous] false sense of security, in which the majority of Black people in America are still living under today, as why there is still no sincere and persistent unity and/or definite organization among African Americans in this country, even as we are witnessing jim crow, convict leasing, vicious violence and the cold-blooded murders of Black people, even Black children, every single day.

 

 

 

 

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