"This week, there were fires in at least six predominantly African American churches."


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From your link:

Officials suspect the blazes were caused by lightning and electrical wires, respectively, but investigations are still ongoing. The investigations in North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Ohio, and Tennessee are still ongoing, and they may end up in that broad category of fires of suspicious, but ultimately unknowable, origin...
Don't let the facts stop you from jumping to instant misleading conclusions, though.
 
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Another church caught fire today. Not jumping to conclusions because there was a lightning storm at around the time it happened, but it's unfortunate nonetheless.
 

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From your link:



Don't let the facts stop you from jumping to instant misleading conclusions, though.
That's some pretty selective quoting you're doing there. You seem to be ignoring the first three instances the article refers to:

Jeanette Dudley, the associate pastor of God's Power Church of Christ in Macon, Georgia, got a call a little after 5 a.m. on Wednesday, she told a local TV news station. Her tiny church of about a dozen members had been burned, probably beyond repair. The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, and Tobacco got called in, which has been the standard procedure for church fires since the late 1960s. Investigators say they’ve ruled out possible causes like an electrical malfunction; most likely, this was arson.

The very same night, many miles away in North Carolina, another church burned: Briar Creek Road Baptist Church, which was set on fire some time around 1 a.m. Investigators have ruled it an act of arson, the AP reports; according to The Charlotte Observer, they haven’t yet determined whether it might be a hate crime.

Two other predominantly black churches have been the target of possible arson this week: Glover Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Warrenville, South Carolina, which caught fire on Friday, and College Hill Seventh Day Adventist, which burned on Monday in Knoxville, Tennessee. Investigators in Knoxville told a local news station they believed it was an act of vandalism, although they aren’t investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Why would you be ignoring those incidents as you encourage us not to jump to misleading conclusions?
 
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Maybe it's a """cyclical trend""" in regards of the acceptance of African Americans in the US?
When were blacks ever excepted? "Black Lives Matter" isn't a slogan for no reason.
 
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Yeah what a coincidence. Nature must hate black churches.
 

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That's some pretty selective quoting you're doing there. You seem to be ignoring the first three instances the article refers to:



Why would you be ignoring those incidents as you encourage us not to jump to misleading conclusions?
Don't let something as minor as a few paragraphs get in the way of FACTS! ;)
 

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Latest Church Fire in SC Does Not Appear to Be a Criminal Act, Sources Say

http://abcnews.go.com/US/latest-church-fire-sc-criminal-act-sources/story?id=32142220

This will be a great disappointment to those who were hoping, dare I say praying, that this incident would fuel their desired narrative: every black church burning must be linked to lynchings and racism.
I speculated this a few posts back. But you know, if one black church catches fire, most people wouldn't think any of it. But 8 churches burning in one week is sure to raise some eyebrows.
 

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This will be a great disappointment to those who were hoping, dare I say praying, that this incident would fuel their desired narrative: every black church burning must be linked to lynchings and racism.
Aha. So a strawman argument is your tactic of choice. By imagining a person who is arguing that every time a black church burns down there's no possibility that it was lighting you get to avoid admitting that there are any racists who are burning down black churches. That's wonderfully disingenuous of you.
 

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Aha. So a strawman argument is your tactic of choice. By imagining a person who is arguing that every time a black church burns down there's no possibility that it was lighting you get to avoid admitting that there are any racists who are burning down black churches. That's wonderfully disingenuous of you.
The KKK burnt this very church in 1996. No-one anywhere, ever, argued that racists have never torched black churches.