On the Proud Boys' Desecration of Black America's Most Vulnerable Target: The Black Church

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Thousands of disgruntled social degenerate Trump supporters descended on to Washington, D.C. on December 12 to once again express their disapproval of the presidential election outcome. The second iteration of the non-originally-named Million Maga March brought out protestors and counter-protestors that squared off in violent clashes, just four weeks after the initial march that followed the election.

In addition to reports of multiple stabbings and general lawlessness that have become a trademark of these alt-right gatherings, a familiar American institution with an exhaustive history of being victimized by white terrorism was the target of deplorable activity by the notorious “Proud Boys.” Two D.C. area Black churches, Asbury United Methodist Church and Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal, were vandalized by Proud Boy members who ripped and burned Black Lives Matter signs from the church buildings.

"Last night demonstrators who were part of the MAGA gatherings tore down our Black Lives Matter sign and literally burned it in the street," Rev. Dr. Ianther M. Mills, Senior Pastor of the Asbury United Methodist Church, wrote in a statement to NBC4.

If you’re wondering what desecrating Black churches have to do with protesting an election result, I’ll save you some time: it does not have a damn thing to do with it.

What those neanderthals know is that the Black church in America has often been grounds for mobilization for Black voter advocacy and against white supremacy. They also recognize that Black clergymen and many Black Christians err on the side of non-violence with respect to combatting systemic racism.

Trust, there are several hoods in D.C. that those clowns would not have brought any of that energy to.

Black American churches have long endured a horrific history of terrorization. From burnings and bombings to vandalism and in-house massacres, attacks on Black houses of worship are not relics of a less-evolved nation, they are as prevalent in modern times as any.

Church leaders and members have continuously rebuilt and restored from violence enacted by white supremacist groups for generations. The irony is that most white domestic terrorist groups profess to follow Christian doctrine and use their version of the gospel to justify their crimes.

I suspect that one of these days, a supremacist group will run up on the wrong Black church and find themselves on the receiving end of a “vengeance is mine,” an Old testament-indoctrinated group of worshippers that won’t be above crucifying a bigot.

And no amount of prayer will be able to save them from the wrath of a people who are fed up with having their sacred grounds tarnished.

About the Author

Donney Rose is a poet, essayist, Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow, advocate, and Chief Content Editor at The North Star. He believes in telling how it is and how it should be.