For John, BLUF: Assumptions need to be tested from time to time. Nothing to see here; just move along.
This is nothing to be happy about, but it does suggest that not every act of "domestic terrorism" is from the "white supremacists" of the far right.
Wouldn't that be "setting fires at [to] six Black Churches…". Or make "fires" "fire"?
At any rate, the SPLC was all over this with talk such as (per The Daily Caller link above):
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks white supremacist groups, suggested in an article last week that the arsons were carried out by white supremacists.To its credit, the SPLC did tweet out a link to the article in the St Louis Post-Dispatch, mentioning the suspect was an African-American male.
The group quoted a journalist who covers African-American issues who said that the fires were “both alarming and not surprising.”
“This is alarming because domestic terrorism is alive and well,” David A. Love told the SPLC. “It is such a problem that the U.S. Department of Justice recently predicted increases in violent acts by white extremists who are responding to a new reality in which people of color will become a majority in America.”
The SPLC also quoted Love blaming “a vicious cycle created by rightwing politicians, the NRA and hate groups who stir up anger, fear and resentment over changing demographics and want their country back.”
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff