Black Churches Burned In Ferguson
Over the last week and a half, someone has been setting fire to Black churches all over Ferguson, Missouri, the site of Michael Brown’s murder by police and the civil unrest that ensued for months thereafter last year. The Fire captain has deemed the burnings definite arson, and the crime is being looked at as a potential hate crime.
“It is arson. That’s why law enforcement is involved in this entire investigation,” said Captain Garon Mosby of the St. Louis Fire Department.
Mosby would not rule out the possibility of a hate crime directed either at churches or at African-Americans.
“My job is to love (them),” said Pastor David Triggs of New Life Missionary Baptist Church. “And I’ve forgiven this individual. We are going to tear down and rebuild.”
There have been at least four previous fires at area churches but there are no details if any of them are connected, however, investigators say they have all started the same way: in the front two doors of the church.
Since Oct. 8, fire has damaged five churches, all within a few miles of each other in north St. Louis city and county. In each case, the front doors were set on fire. Damage has ranged from a few hundred dollars at one church to the near destruction of another.
The fires add to racial angst in an area still reeling from a police shooting and unrest in Ferguson last year.
SMH! The racial issues in this area are clearly far from over. Hopefully they can find who is responsible before more places of worship go up in flames…