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Bill Clinton

Black churches burning

Black churches burning

In the week following the murderous rampage in which nine black parishioners were shot and killed at a church in Charleston, S.C., a series of mysterious fires at African-American churches across the South has revived the specter of racist violence against a core institution of the black community. Investigators have determined that at least some of the fires were set by arsonists, though they have not confirmed the crimes were racially motivated. Yet at a time when the Confederate flag and other symbols of white supremacy have come under renewed attack, it would be foolish to dismiss the sudden upsurge in black church burnings as mere coincidences or youthful pranks. They are yet another...