Investigate Church Burnings as Hate Crimes


Target: Ms. Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the United States of America

Goal: Deem church burnings hate crimes and find the perpetrators immediately.

A slew of predominantly black churches have been burned all across the southern United States following the horrific shootings of nine people in a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Despite the fact that these church burnings were almost certainly racially motivated, no public officials have stepped forward to officially declare these burnings hate crimes. One does not set about to burn a church out of anything but hated, and those who are responsible for these heinous acts must be hunted down and punished.

To argue that these church burnings had little or nothing, as some have been wont to argue following Charleston, to do with race is a bald-faced lie. All of the churches that were burned had almost entirely black congregations, all were in southern states with a history of violent racism, and all of the burnings have instilled a sense of fear within the communities that once frequented the churches. Anecdotal evidence to support this charge comes from the Pastor of one of the churches. He says that the church would often have hateful graffiti left on the walls of his church, often the letters, “KKK.” Furthermore, some residents have said that they don’t even walk down the street alone for fear of violence against them for simply being black.

This is terrorism that no one in power within the U.S. government seems willing to address. The Federal Government went thousands of miles and dropped trillions of dollars’ worth of bombs to fight terrorism, but won’t lift a finger to protect their own citizens. If these churches had entirely white congregations there can be no doubt that a more rigorous investigation would have been launched by the Federal Government by now. Please sign here to demand a full investigation into these terrible acts and to demand that the government protect its people regardless of their race.


Dear Attorney General Lynch,

I am writing to inform you that a slew of hate crimes have been committed across the southern United States that must be investigated immediately. The role of the Federal Government is to protect the people of this nation from threats, internal or external. Despite this, hundreds, if not thousands, are now living in fear for their lives after their churches were burned by angry white supremacists.

Evidence to back this claim comes from the people of the communities in which these churches were located. Many have said they fear to walk down the street for the hatred that their white neighbors hold for them. Others have said that they had bottles thrown at them from moving cars. The pastor of one of the churches that was burned has said that the church often had graffiti reading: “KKK,” left on its walls. There can be no doubt that these crimes were motivated by hatred and almost certainly motivated by race. I am writing to demand that the Federal Government launch a full investigation into these crimes and protect its citizens from this homebrewed terrorism.


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