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Frustrated by the lack of media coverage over six Black churches burned in the wake of the massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, Twitter users took to their devices to ask, #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches?

The hashtag has been used more than 73,000 times since Monday, with many criticizing the broadcast media for not paying attention to the issue.

Since the shooting at Mother Emanuel on June 17, several Black churches across the South have gone up in flames. While arsonists are suspected in at least two of the fires, many on social media are wondering why the story has received so little coverage.

In addition to local police departments, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are also involved in the investigations.

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  • Me

    we’re the race w/o a nation. no one has our back. all of this is happening while white folks debate the merits of a damn confederate flag. we have no president, no law enforcement, no justice dept, no board of education, no commerce chamber, no banking system, and no land to give us any safe haven from the terrorists that live next door to us. this country is not safe for black folks. & i’m not sure one exists that is.

    • Mary Burrell

      I see lots of posters saying they are leaving America and going to Africa

    • Me

      i haven’t done enough research to decide if or when i’ll leave. for now, i think we need to fight instead of flee. they wanted us to flee before… that’s how liberia was colonized so they could “send them back since they’re so unhappy here” & they’re always threatening us with “why don’t you go back to africa”. the thing is just like them, there are a lot of americans who are generations deep into this country, so this is all they home they know. & you shouldn’t desert your home w/o a fight imo. then again. there comes a time when you have to cut your losses, so i’m still on the fence. i do think we would be stronger if we all communed together in one land & took advantage of the skills & talents we have among us. i’m just not sure i’m ready to make that move. i’d like to stack up a little more money 1st. and maybe have a family of my own to take w/me so that i wouldn’t get home sick.

    • That’s an interesting take on this issue.

  • Me

    we’re the race w/o a nation. no one has our back. all of this is happening while white folks debate the merits of a damn confederate flag. we have no president, no law enforcement, no justice dept, no board of education, no commerce chamber, no banking system, and no land to give us any safe haven from the terrorists that live next door to us. this country is not safe for black folks. & i’m not sure one exists that is.

  • The burning of black churches are acts of domestic terrorism. There can be no sugarcoating about what is being done. We, as black people, have every right to be tired of this. We are tired of witnessing a Justice Department refusing to prosecute crooked, terrorist cops killing our Brothers and Sisters in the streets. We are tired of a legal system that is proven by studies to treat black people less than fair as compared to white people (even if they are convicted for the same, exact crime). We are tired of people talking about respectability politics every time black people experience murder, every time when our religious buildings are being destroyed, and when our innocent people are being killed by stone cold racist. Ever since our ancestors arrived here, the racists have made it clear that they don’t give a (concern) about our well-being.

    Therefore, we have the right to protect our communities and use self-defense if necessary to promote our human rights. It is typical for the mainstream media to not readily report on black churches being attacked, but they want to lecture black people on “personal responsibility” all of the time when the 9 victims of the Charleston killing fulfilled their responsibility in helping their people and their communities. Structural injustice is a problem here. We will fight back. Revolutionary solutions are in order too and that is why it’s necessary for us to build up our institutions and our independent organizations, so we can assist each other more readily.

  • Robin

    Hard Truth: We. (Black people and maybe some allies of blacks) are all we got. These hashtags, the Black Lives Matter movement with no real, tangible agenda….I’m not knocking any of it because it grabs the world’s attention. But that’s all it really does. To recycle the 60’s marches and ralleys it’s just not working, guys. We are hollering out the symptoms with no real solutions of what we want, what we need and what we need to do in the name of empowering ourselves. Blacks and Black Christians are forgiving so quickly publicly that this only antagonizes White racist extremeists. Black Churches actually used to arm themselves back in day but we got too comfortable under this white supermacy construct (no lie, look up Deacons of Defense), 7 churches burnt down and if I wasn’t on twitter I would have not have known about it at all. :/ Times have changed and I hate that some of my family members are re living what they fought so hard for the next generation to avoid. I’m tired and exhausted too. But the name of game for us is Empowerment. Generation Millennials should = Empowerment generation. Empowerment should be our “new religion” We must empower ourselves, study this construct we are under matter fact be scholars of it, ask ourselves what can we do about it, mindsets need to change from all about me to me and my people in the decisions of where we spend our money and our time, what we expose our children too, what we (black folks) teach our children about empowering themselves. Instead of running away to Africa what about developing relationships within countries in Africa and getting on a more transglobal scale. Vacation there only. There’s beautiful resorts there. Buy imports from specificly there only. Any black start ups you believe in? Support! I love America. I do. I take pride in my black people and all that we have done for this country..I don’t give a f— if its not acknowledged by the dominate society I don’t expect to be. I know and that’s all that matters. I claim being a Black American because this country was built off the backs of my ancestors. From the horrendous slavery times to the freedom riders I don’t want to dishonor them by running away from the very place they had fought and died for me to have a chance to thrive. I am the dream and hope of the slave. So no. I’m not going or living anywhere unless I am vacationing or traveling the world to get more on a global citizen scale.