The Long and Painful History of Attacks on Black Churches


The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in Charleston, South Carolina was the scene of a horific attack late Wednesday. The Emanuel AME also known as 'Mother Emanuel' is the oldest AME church in the South and home to a rich history of involvement in the civil rights movement.

Waking up this morning my newsfeeds were inundated with the words ‘Charleston’ ‘hate crime’ ‘mass shooting’ ‘on the loose’.
I didn’t want to know what it all meant. I’m fatigued, I’m enraged, I’m devastatingly sad. Mostly because this isn’t the first time a sacred place of worship has become home to a nightmare.
The Atlantic published a piece outlining the history of attacks on black churches. Read it.

As the POTUS took to the podium looking  beleaguered and worn down early this afternoon, he pointed out the other glaring issue at hand, gun violence.
America, you have a problem. A problem you refuse to address properly. Whether its a kindergarten class or a Wednesday night church group the frequency in which mass shootings happen on your soil is a statistical anomaly of epic proportion. You should be funding think tanks and grass roots activities aimed at getting  guns off the streets and put in place an immediate moratorium on the manufacturing of domestic weapons. Your lives depend on it.


About informedmiss

I am a multimedia journalist, Internet radio host, and Hip hop connoisseur. I am also very passionate about investigative journalism and advocacy. Its my goal to use this blog to keep people 'informed' on the urban arts scene around the world, with a special focus on Toronto and Canada as a whole. Literature is also a great interest of mine, I especially love poetry.
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