Muslim organizations have raised $23,000 to help rebuild eight
historically black churches that have burned down since the deadly
attack on a prayer group in South Carolina. Three fires are believed to
be arson, while the rest are under investigation.
The groups ‒ including Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, the Arab
American Association of New York and Ummah Wide ‒ encouraged
Muslims to reach out during their holy month of Ramadan. They
touted the connections between Muslim and African-American
communities in the US, saying the groups are “profoundly
integrated in many ways, in our overlapping identities and in our
relationship to this great and complicated country.”
Investigators looking into a fire that consumed a Planned Parenthood center in Pullman, Washington, on Friday have concluded that the blaze was the result of arson. According to KREM 2, both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the fire. Just weeks ago, the clinic was the site of mass pro-life action.
White people were seen setting fires around the area of today’s police killing in St. Louis. The fire department, while only being one block away, took over 20 minutes to respond to a car fire. Police with assault rifles are guarding the fire trucks.
After receiving a report at noon on Friday, the FBI is investigating a fire that flared up in the lobby of a Coachella Valley mosque as potential arson. Imam Reymundo Nour told CBS that people at the center described hearing a “loud boom” before flames ensued, and claimed the building had been “fire-bombed.” This isn’t the first time the center has been attacked.
On October 8th, the first fire was set at the Bethel Non-Denominational Church. Between October 10th and October 14th, 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. All 5 churches are within three miles of each other.
At least six churches in the St. Louis area, five of which are predominately black, have been targets of suspected arson, spurring federal investigators to get involved. Police are seeking suspects and a motive, calling the attacks “arson” and possibly acts of hate. Fires and attacks on black churches have a long, tragic history in the United States.