6 Black Churches in Saint Louis Area Have Burned in Last 10 Days

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Ben Forstenzer, US Uncut

 

The major media networks have been eerily silent about the latest wave of racist violence.

 

In the last 10 days, six Black churches have been set on fire in the St. Louis area. And unlike the last wave of Black church fires this summer in which weather played a role in some of the fires, these all appear to be the work of arsonists.

 

The lack of media coverage about these fires is highly noticeable, given the media’s hyper-intensive coverage of rioters in Baltimore setting fire to a CVS earlier this year.

 

“It is arson,” St. Louis Fire Department captain Garon Mosby told Fox 2 Saint Louis. “These are being intentionally set.”

 

This most recent wave of church fires are taking place in North St. Louis, near Ferguson, where racial tensions have been particularly high since the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown. The department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms is investigating the arsons.

 

On Oct. 8, the first fire was set at the Bethel Non-Denominational Church. Between Oct. 10 and Oct.14, three more churches were burned — New Northside Missionary Baptist Church, St. Augustine Catholic Church, and the New Testament Church of Christ.

 

In the early hours of Saturday morning, another fire was set at the New Life Missionary Baptist Church. A fire also occurred on Saturday at Ebenezer Lutheran Church.

 

All six churches are within three miles of each other.

 

Prior to these latest church burnings, Black churches were burned across the South following the June 17 killings of nine people in the racially inspired act of domestic terrorism at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

 

Those fires raged in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. In that wave of fires, only three were ruled as arson. But as Capt. Mosby told local media, the fires in St. Louis are being investigated as arson.

 

Historically, Black churches have been a common target of white supremacist hate groups.

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