There are people being attacked in North Dakota for protecting water, historical school buildings being covered with swastikas in Virginia and churches being burned in Mississippi. Yet we’re supposed to believe we’re in 2016 and a post-racial America? Try again.
A 111-year-old black church in Greenville, Mississippi was burned and spray-painted with the words “Vote Trump” on Tuesday night. Fortunately, no one was inside Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church at the time of the fire, according to the Atlantic.
“I see this as an attack on the black church and the black community,” said Mayor Errick Simmons in a press conference.
The fire is being investigated as a hate crime and Greenville Police Chief Delando Wilson told the press that the department is “possibly talking to a person of interest,” according to CNN.
“It tries to push your beliefs on someone else, and this is a church, a predominantly black church, and no one has a right to try and … pressure someone into the way they want to decide to vote in this election,” Wilson said of the act.
The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office are all investigating the incident and appear to have a clear understanding that it was racially motivated.