Find People Who Set Black Churches on Fire

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Target: Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney General

Goal: Conduct an intensive investigation into the burning of multiple black churches rather than writing the fires off as being caused by storms.

According to a statement from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the bureau says they don’t believe that a series of fires at black churches in the South were racially motivated. The fires have occurred at churches from Florida to Tennessee.

One of the churches is located in South Carolina where the recent massacre of nine black churchgoers by a racist white man occurred. The church has a history of being targeted and was burned to the ground by the KKK in 1995. Black churches were often the victims of arson back in the mid-1990s.

Despite the ATF’s statement, the FBI has already cited that two of the church fires were arson. Yet no federal officials have launched any hate crime investigations yet.

One of the church fires in Tennessee has been deemed an incident of vandalism by officials rather than a hate crime because in hate crimes the perpetrator leaves a message, and no message was left in the incident. As if burning a black church amidst high racial tensions shortly after a massacre at a black church is not symbol enough.

These horrific incidents must not be written off as accidents or as having no relation to the recent tragedy that occurred in Charleston. Urge federal officials to conduct an intensive investigation into the burning of these black churches rather than writing the fires off as being caused by storms.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Attorney General Lynch,

According to a statement from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the bureau says they don’t believe that a series of fires at black churches in the South were racially motivated. One of the churches has a history of being targeted and was burned to the ground by the KKK in 1995.

Despite the ATF’s statement, the FBI has already cited that two of the church fires were arson. Yet no federal officials have launched any hate crime investigations yet. Burning a black church amidst high racial tensions shortly after a massacre at a black church should be taken as a symbol of a hate crime.

I urge you to conduct an intensive investigation into the burning of these black churches rather than writing the fires off as being caused by storms.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Steve Sutherland

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