In the almost two weeks since the church massacre in Charleston, there have been six church fires in the South. At a time when the very meaning of southern pride is being called into question, it’s hard not to think that hate may not have been a factor in these incidents:
Fires in Charlotte, N.C., and Knoxville, Tenn., are both being investigated as arson. Authorities in Macon, Ga., are investigating another there as “suspicious.” A fire at a Tallahassee, Fla., church was likely caused by electrical problems, authorities have said. Another in Gibson County, Tenn., may have been caused by lightning. One burning in Charlotte is being investigated to determine if it could have been a hate crime. … As to this recent wave of church burnings, [Richard] Cohen [of the Southern Poverty Law Center] said, “It’s not unreasonable to suspect that what we’re seeing [now] is a backlash to the taking down of the Confederate flag, the determination of our country to face its racial problems.”
Team Blackness also discussed Chris Christie entering the presidential clown race, the CNN case of the ISIS dildo flag at gay pride, and the Supreme Court taking up a case that could ban affirmative action.