After multiple historically black Louisiana churches were burned down, a man has been arrested.
In just a matter of 10 days, St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre burned on March 26, Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas burned down on April 2, and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church was sent up in flames only two days later. Because these churches are predominantly black, and the history of black churches in Southern states, members of the NAACP believe these fires were an act of domestic terrorism.
“We must not turn a blind eye to any incident where people are targeted because of the color of their skin or their faith. The spike in church burnings in Southern states is a reflection of the emboldened racial rhetoric and tension spreading across the country. But this is nothing new.”
Authorities in St. Landry Parish believe that they have the man responsible for the fires in custody. He’s 21-year-old Holden Matthews, the son of St. Landry Parish Deputy Roy Matthews. Authorities are investigating further into the possible connection.
Matthew was last being held at the St. Landry Parish jail.
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