What the Louisiana Church Burnings Reveal about Race in America

Trimiko Melancon
May 9, 2019 - 5:00
What the Louisiana Church Burnings Reveal about Race in America

Race colors the very fabric of America. It punctuates our social, national, political, and religious life. Recently, in my home state of Louisiana, a 21-year-old white male set ablaze three historically Black churches in Port Barre and Opelousas in St. Landry Parish. This violence initiated yet another moment of public reflection and reckoning. Fire consumed St. Mary Baptist Church on March 26, Greater Union Baptist Church on April 2, and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church on April 4 — the date...

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