Black church fires: Louisiana suspect charged with hate crimes

The Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas Louisiana is one beneficiary of a GoFundMe to aid historically black churches recently destroyed by arson

Notre-Dame’s ashes spark renewed push to rebuild torched Louisiana churches


Notre Dame was partially destroyed in the fire [Photo: AP] Holden Matthews, the 21-year-old son of a Louisiana sheriff’s deputy, was arrested in connection with the United States church fires and faces hate crime charges.

Prosecutors have filed new hate crime charges against a white man accused of burning down three African-American churches in the USA state of Louisiana.

‘If your TL is full today of Notre Dame burning down, but you heard nothing of the Black churches in Louisiana being burned this month, I hope you’ll reflect on how epistemological violence works, ‘ another user added.
The campaign hit $1.2 million Wednesday morning, with contributions ranging from $5 to thousands of dollars.

GoFundMe spokeswoman Aja Shepherd confirmed in an email that giving to the destroyed Louisiana churches increased Tuesday after Romer’s tweet and a challenge from freelance journalist Yashar Ali to his almost 400,000 Twitter followers.

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A “sprinkler-like system” was recently installed and its wooden roof is protected by a coat of fire retardant, ABC 7 reported. He has reportedly taught for Lehman College, Brooklyn College, and Seton Hall University.

According to the GoFundMe page, more than $1m (£766,180) had been donated to the American churches by Wednesday afternoon.

All three fires were started with gasoline and occurred around Opelousas, about 60 miles (100km) west of the state capital of Baton Rouge. Pleasant Baptist Church after they were set on fire allegedly by suspect Holden Matthews.

To help the three churches set on fire – St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre, the Greater Union Baptists Church in Opelousas and the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church – rebuild, visit their GoFundMe page here. “Your Paris church, it’s 800 or more years old. These churches need your help”.

Like with Notre Dame, there were no reported injuries.

“It’s all working out for the greater good”, Jack said, when asked about the connection being made to the Notre Dame fire.

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A judge in the USA state added three federal hate crime charges against Holden Matthews, 21, and denied him bond, multiple media accounts reported.

Bishop Talbert Swan said:;This obtuse, gaslighting, doltish, nazi defending, white supremacist, poltroon is tweeting about the #NotreDameCathedralFire, yet has said nothing about a white supremacist burning down 3 Black churches in Louisiana’. Read the rest here (