Wednesday Open Thread | Another Historically Black Church in SC Burns

Mt Zion AME burningYet another black church in the South went up in flames Tuesday night, this time historic Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal in Williamsburg County, South Carolina — 20 years after it was burned to the ground by Ku Klux Klan members.

The Clarendon County Fire Department said shortly before midnight ET that the fire was under control, but it released a photo showing the church with its roof apparently completely collapsed.

Williamsburg County Fire Chief Randy Swinton told NBC News it wasn’t known whether the fire was intentionally set, noting that a lightning storm passed through the area about the same time the blaze was reported.

No injuries were immediately reported, but The Kingstree News of Williamsburg County reported that the church was “gutted.”

It’s the latest in a string of fires at predominantly black Southern churches that began after a white gunman killed nine black worshipers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, about 50 miles south of Greeleyville, on June 17.

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90 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | Another Historically Black Church in SC Burns

  1. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Tim Wise ‏@timjacobwise Jun 30
    The Casual, Idiotic Racism of Modern American Conservatism

  2. rikyrah says:

    Margaret Cho and Holly Robinson Peete
    10 pm EST on ABC

  3. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Goldie Taylor ‏@goldietaylor
    “Whatever or whoever the cause, we deserve to know.”

  4. rikyrah says:

    of course, he does. nobody should be shocked.


    Rand Paul Wants To Sell Off America’s Public Lands


    At a campaign stop in Nevada on Monday, Kentucky Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul called for the federal government to sell off and privatize America’s national forests and other public lands.

    As part of his “Stand With Rand” tour, Sen. Paul told an audience in the Nevada town of Mesquite that the federal government is a “bully” and that national public lands should be under state and private control, as reported by CNN.

    “You run into problems now with the federal government being, you know, this bully — this big huge government bully,” Paul said. “You would have less of that if you had more local ownership of the land. State ownership would be better, but even better would be private ownership.”

    A notable guest in the audience was outlaw Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who infamously refused to pay more than $1 million in grazing fees owed to taxpayers, resulting in a dangerous standoff in April 2014 with federal land management officials. Bundy is also widely known for his racist views, anti-government ideology and refusal to acknowledge the authority of the federal government, in particular over public lands.

  5. rikyrah says:

    not ready for Bernie either, but the shirt is hilarious

  6. rikyrah says:

    Just dust in my eyes..

    Just dust..


    Valedictorian gives graduation speech at school where dad is custodian
    by Blue Telusma | July 1, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    This year, the valedictorian of Wilson Magnet High School thanked her immigrant father — who also happens to be the supervising custodian of her school — for her success.

    When Biiftu Duresso, an 18-year-old from Rochester, New York, graduated at the top of her class this past Saturday, she made it a point to thank all those who inspired her, including her father, Jamal Abdullahi, an Ethiopian immigrant who works at her school.

    “My parents Jamal and Zubaida made their way to Rochester, New York, from Ethiopia in the 80’s and 90’s,” Biiftu said in her speech. “They had the audacity to imagine something better for me and my siblings.”

    Abdullahi grew up poor in Ethopia during a civil war, spent some time detained as a teen soldier and later escaped to Somalia. When he made it to America in 1983, he spoke no English and took odd jobs, eventually taking a part-time position as a custodian.

    According to Democrat and Chronicle, as he moved up the ranks at his custodial job, he worked towards getting his GED and ultimately ended up getting both his associate’s and bachelor’s degrees. His passion for education is what fueled him to push his children.

    “I tell them, ‘All I can do is to help you, but it is your future, you must help yourself,’” Abdullahi told Yahoo Parenting. “And I said that people respect those who have education, and it helps opportunities come up for you.”

    His daughter Biiftu is headed to Columbia University’s Barnard College in the fall. She hopes to become a doctor and open a clinic in Ethiopia to help the people who are not as fortunate as her family.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Steven Dennis ✔
    Valerie Jarrett, challenged on Obama not addressing race as much as he could have until now:
    “Why is that all on him?”

    • Ametia says:

      PBO doesn’t have issues with race, so why should he have to ADDRESS it. Lemme guess some white folk asked that question.

      The question back at these folks should be who & what needs to be addressed? Really these folks want him to provide an out for their racism, by making them feel comfortable about being racists.

  8. rikyrah says:

    @StLouisAmerican: President Obama to address 106th NAACP Convention

  9. rikyrah says:

    Christopher Hayes ‏@chrislhayes 8m8 minutes agoManhattan, NY
    Now here’s the fire chief on Gov Haley’s definitive declaration of lightning being the cause: “I don’t know where she got that information”

  10. Ametia says:

    Absolutely NO surprises HERE

    I used to lead tours at a plantation. You won’t believe the questions I got about slavery.

    by Margaret Biser on June 29, 2015

    Up until a few weeks ago, I worked at a historic site in the South that included an old house and a nearby plantation. My job was to lead tours and tell guests about the people who made plantations possible: the slaves.

    The site I worked at most frequently had more than 100 enslaved workers associated with it— 27 people serving the household alone, outnumbering the home’s three white residents by a factor of nine. Yet many guests who visited the house and took the tour reacted with hostility to hearing a presentation that focused more on the slaves than on the owners.
    He said, “Listen, I just wanted to say that dragging all this slavery stuff up again is bringing down America”

  11. rikyrah says:

    I don’t know what it is about POTUS and the rain…but, he always looks good in the rain.

  12. rikyrah says:

    What Makes Obama Run?
    Looking back on this interview from 2005, it’s interesting to see that PBO’s vision has remained remarkably constant. His take on lack of follow through by certain groups is particulary relevant today.

    “Conducting a session in a New Horizons classroom, Obama, tall and thin, looks very much like an Ivy League graduate student. Dressed casually prep, his tie loosened and his top shirt button unfastened, he leads eight black women from the Grand Boulevard community through a discussion of “what folks should know” about who in Chicago has power and why they have it. It’s one of his favorite topics, and the class bubbles with suggestions about how “they” got to be high and mighty.

    “Slow down now. You’re going too fast now,” says Obama. “I want to break this down. We talk ‘they, they, they’ but don’t take the time to break it down. We don’t analyze. Our thinking is sloppy. And to the degree that it is, we’re not going to be able to have the impact we could have. We can’t afford to go out there blind, hollering and acting the fool, and get to the table and don’t know who it is we’re talking to—or what we’re going to ask them—whether it’s someone with real power or just a third-string flak catcher.”

  13. rikyrah says:


    Tim McGraw is giving mortgage-free homes to veterans; he has already given away more than 100 homes:

  14. rikyrah says:

    Anthony Mackie Will Play Martin Luther King, Jr. in HBO’s Adaptation of Broadway Play ‘All the Way’

    Photo of Tambay A. Obenson
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    June 30, 2015 at 6:46PM

    Anthony Mackie will play Martin Luther King, Jr. in HBO’s adaptation of Robert Schenkkan’s Broadway play, “All the Way,” which centers on then President Lyndon B. Johnson’s efforts to maneuver members of the 88th United States Congress to enact, and Martin Luther King, Jr. to support, the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    The play apparently takes its name from Johnson’s 1964 campaign slogan, “All the Way with LBJ.” It premiered on Broadway in March 2014, in a production directed by Bill Rauch, which won the 2014 Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.

    Bryan Cranston won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance as LBJ, and he will also star in the HBO adaptation, which will be directed by Jay Roach, and executive produced by Steven Spielberg.

  15. rikyrah says:

    The Team Reassembles Across the Pond in Teaser Trailer for ‘London Has Fallen’

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    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    July 1, 2015 at 3:04PM

    Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, and Angela Bassett all reprise their roles in what will be a sequel to the Antoine Fuqua-directed White House actioner, “Olympus Has Fallen,” titled “London Has Fallen.” Although this one isn’t directed by Fuqua.

    The Millennium Films production is directed by Swedish-Iranian filmmaker Babak Najafi, and will follow our good old American heroes as they set out to stop a terrorist plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders of the British Prime Minister’s funeral, in London

  16. rikyrah says:

    I still believe this is a BAD IDEA.
    Create some NEW STORIES about that era..
    NO NEED for a remake.


    Laurence Fishburne Is First Actor Cast in ‘Roots’ Remake

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    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    July 1, 2015 at 12:40PM

    Laurence Fishburne is the first actor to be cast in the upcoming remake of “Roots,” which History, A&E and Lifetime have all teamed up for, calling it a scripted event series for a new generation of viewers, which will simulcast on all three flagship networks.

    Fishburne will play Alex Haley (James Earl Jones played him in the original 1970s series).

    Will Packer is an executive producer, and original “Roots” cast member LeVar Burton is a co-executive producer, along with Mark Wolper

  17. rikyrah says:

    PragmaticObotsUnite @PragObots

    Sidney Blumenthal was behind the anti-Obama rumors during the primary, and Hillary sought his advice when she was SofS. #CantTrussIt

    PragmaticObotsUnite @PragObots

    Not good, Hillary => New Hillary Clinton emails show expansive role of Sidney Blumenthal

  18. rikyrah says:

    Patience Spent, de Blasio Accuses Cuomo of Hurting New York City Out of ‘Revenge’
    JUNE 30, 2015

    Mayor Bill de Blasio, in candid and searing words rarely employed by elected officials of his stature, accused Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday of stymieing New York City’s legislative goals out of personal pettiness, “game-playing” and a desire for “revenge.”

    In an extraordinary interview, Mr. de Blasio, appearing to unburden himself of months’ worth of frustrations, said that Mr. Cuomo — who, like the mayor, is a Democrat — “did not act in the interests” of New Yorkers by blocking measures like reforming rent laws and the mayor’s long-term ability to control the city’s public schools.

    “I started a year and a half ago with a hope of a very strong partnership,” Mr. de Blasio said of the governor, whom he has known for two decades. “I have been disappointed at every turn.”

  19. I’m reading the fire at Mount Zion was started by lightening. I can’t with these people.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Netflix is putting popular Telenovelas on their streaming list, and you can use the subtitles to understand them!!!!

    I started La Reina del Sur yesterday…love it!!

  21. rikyrah says:

    Twenty-One Year Old Foster Child Becomes Youngest Qualified Doctor In UK, Makes Forbes 30 Under 30

    Recently names to the Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 list, Ola Orekunrin is a West African doctor and founder of the regions first indigenous emergency service, Flying Doctors Nigeria. Becoming a doctor at just 21-years-old made her the youngest doctor in Britain ever. Fueled by her personal conviction and impassioned by a family tragedy, Orekunrin is one of Africa’s most successful pioneering entrepreneurs, and oddly enough, her name “Ola” means “wealth” in Yoruba, a native African language.

    Orekunrin was born in London and grew up in a foster home with her sister in Lowestoft, a small seaside town in south-east England. She attended University of York for medical school. She reports immediately becoming interested in emergency trauma medicine.

    After graduating as a qualified doctor at just 21-years-old, Ola was awarded the MEXT Japanese Government Scholarship after a meteoric rise in the field of medical studies. Studying at Jikei University Hospital, Ola conducted research in the field of regenerative medicine. She moved back to Europe upon completing her research.

    It was during her time in medical school that a tragic event served as a catalyst for he major life and career decisions Ola made. Her 12-year-old sister, who had sickle cell anemia, fell extremely ill while visiting family in Nigeria. The closest hospital was unable to properly treat her, so Ola and her family tried to find an air ambulance service that could transport her sister quickly and safely to a healthcare facility capable of treating her. Despite searching all across West Africa, they were unable to find an air ambulance service closer than South Africa. This was a stark contrast to what she experienced growing up in England, where there were around 20 air ambulance services.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Diplomacy with Iran enjoys strong support from US public
    07/01/15 08:00 AM—UPDATED 07/01/15 08:12 AM
    By Steve Benen

    The good thing about an arbitrary, self-imposed deadline is that it can be moved without consequence. The international diplomatic talks with Iran, for example, were supposed to wrap up yesterday, but negotiators believe they’re still making progress so they gave themselves an extension – the new deadline is next Tuesday, July 7.

    It’s still unclear if an agreement will ultimately come together, and recent posturing from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei hasn’t helped. But the process continues to move forward, and just yesterday, the International Atomic Energy Agency reportedly concluded that Iran is complying with requirements that it reduce its stocks of enriched uranium. Had the IAEA uncovered evidence to the contrary, the talks may have very well unraveled.

    As for the domestic politics surrounding the nuclear negotiations, Senate Republicans continue to complain bitterly about the diplomatic efforts, though it’s clear the public feels differently.
    By a 2-to-1 margin, more Americans support the United States and other world powers pursuing a nuclear deal with Iran than oppose it, according to new results from the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

    Thirty-six percent of respondents say they back the deal, which intends to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon by allowing inspections into the country’s nuclear sites in exchange for reducing economic sanctions that are currently in place. By comparison, 17 percent oppose it.
    These results are largely unchanged from a similar poll a few months ago.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Obama’s place in history becomes even more secure
    06/30/15 04:49 PM
    By Steve Benen

    It was about eight months ago when Paul Krugman, who hasn’t always been President Obama’s biggest fan, said what many in the political establishment would not. “Obama has emerged,” Krugman wrote, “as one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history.”

    To be sure, it is a little early to start reflecting on the Obama’s place in history, since his presidency still has over a year to go, during which time much can happen. But after last week – the Affordable Care Act’s success at the Supreme Court, the breakthrough on marriage equality, the advances of the administration’s trade agenda, the breathtaking eulogy in Charleston – there’s been renewed talk, not just about Obama’s rejuvenated presidency, but also about his qualifications for the pantheon of American leaders of historic consequence.

    My msnbc colleague Benjy Sarlin published a thoughtful piece on the Obama legacy over the weekend.
    “At the end of the day, we’re part of a long-running story,” Obama told the New Yorker’s David Remnick in one interview. “We just try to get our paragraph right.”

    Now consider what the paragraph version of Obama’s presidency looks like as of now, with the key terms for next week’s social studies midterm highlighted in bold.

    “The first black president, President Obama took office amid the Great Recession, stabilized the economy with a stimulus and auto bailout, passed universal health care and Wall Street reform over fierce opposition, and implemented a suite of regulations aimed at combatting climate change. The first president to embrace marriage equality, he presided over the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges decision legalizing it nationwide.”

    I think Sarlin’s right on both counts. First, that’s a pretty impressive paragraph that suggets Obama will be remembered as a great and important president.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Victim of Charleston Massacre’s Kids Granted Full College Scholarships

    By Dr. Sinclair Grey III

    No one will ever forget the tragedy that took place on June 17 at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. That’s when Dylann Roof killed nine members of the church during their weekly Bible study. What Roof did has reignited discussions about racism and the Confederate flag. As the nation continues to talk about what happened, the lives of these innocent victims continue to be remembered.

    The victims, now known as the Emanuel Nine, are Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Tywanza Sanders, Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, DePayne Middleton Doctor, Rev. Daniel Simmons, and Myra Thompson.

    Because of what happened on that dreadful day, Southern Wesleyan University is stepping up and making a difference. The university is offering full scholarships to DePayne Middleton Doctor’s children, if they wish to attend. The names of Doctor’s children are Gracyn, Kaylin, Hali, and Czana.

    Doctor was an admissions coordinator at the university’s learning center and received her master’s degree in Management from the university in 1994.

    SWU Vice President Chad Peters said, “We realize the scholarships won’t ease the pain of loss that the children are dealing with now and in the future; however, it is our desire as a community for each of them to know we care about them.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Details on First Trailer Debut + Character Breakdowns for WGN’s Underground Railroad Series

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    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    June 30, 2015 at 2:09PM

    If you’ll be attending the 2015 Essence Festival in New Orleans, this week, here’s some news you might be interested in knowing…

    The cast and creators of WGN America’s upcoming original series on the Underground Railroad, titled “Underground,” will unveil a first-look trailer at the series, as well as participate in a panel discussion about the show, at the 2015 Essence Festival in New Orleans.

    Series’ stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Jessica de Gouw and Alano Miller will join creators, writers and executive producers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski on the Center Stage at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Friday, July 3 from 12:45 pm to 1:15 pm in a “not-to-be-missed ‘Underground’ experience for Essence Festival attendees,” says the press release.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Watch Trailer for ‘I Am Khama’ – Upcoming Animated Film About the “True Founding of Botswana”

    Regular readers of this site will be aware that there are currently several animated feature films in the works set on the African continent, such as “Bilal” (based on the true story of Bilal Ibn Rabah, a freed slave of Ethiopian descent who converted to Islam and became a trusted companion of the Prophet Muhammad after he gained his freedom, HERE), and “Adama” (set in 1916, in an unnamed colonized West African country, which tells the story of a young boy named Adama, who goes in search of his brother, a rifleman with the French army during the First World War, HERE), just to name a few.

    Now add this one to your watch-list…

    Another animated film is currently in production, which tells yet another little known story from African history.

    It’s called “I am Khama,” and will deal with King Khama III’s 1895 campaign to protect Botswana (in what was them called Bechuanaland) from plunder by the British imperialist Cecil Rhodes, and the eventual tour of Britain by the monarch, where he lobbied against the annexation of his country by Rhodes’ British South Africa Company.

    Shadow and Act
    By Sergio | Shadow and Act

    June 30, 2015 at 10:53AM

  27. rikyrah says:

    michelleobamaBig news! Starting today, we’re lifting the ban on cameras and photos on the @WhiteHouse public tour. Visitors are now able to take photos and keep those memories for a lifetime! 📷 To learn how to schedule a tour with your friends and family, visit

  28. rikyrah says:

    add this to our COON gifs…

    Uncle Ruckus LIVES, people.

  29. rikyrah says:

    Obama administration delivers big blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration delivered a major blow to Shell’s Arctic drilling plans on Tuesday, by ruling that wildlife protections bar the company from simultaneously boring two wells into the Chukchi Sea this summer.

    The decision will force Shell to scale back its hopes of completing two exploratory oil wells in waters north of Alaska this summer and is another setback for the firm that has spent seven years and $7 billion trying to find crude in the Arctic Ocean.

    At issue is the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to allow sound from Shell’s planned drilling to disturb walruses, polar bears and other marine mammals in the area. Although the agency authorized some of those animal disturbances, it said Shell cannot simultaneously bore planned wells that are just nine miles apart because a 2013 regulation requires a 15-mile buffer zone around active drilling rigs.

    Under the ruling, Shell can still move two contracted rigs to its Burger prospect 70 miles northwest of Alaska’s coastline, but only one can be drilling at any given time.

    …Federal regulators are requiring Shell to have two rigs in the region, in case an emergency forces the company to bore a relief well. But Shell had hoped to keep both of those working simultaneously to maximize an already narrow window for drilling that opens July 15 and closes on Sept. 28.

    That tight timeline means Shell’s hopes of finishing even two wells this summer were far from guaranteed. But Shell needs both to confirm its hunch that oil is lurking at the site and begin to define how big the bounty could be.

    Shell and Obama administration officials have been grappling with the marine mammal disturbance provision for months. Shell had asked the Fish and Wildlife Service to grant a variance from the 15-mile buffer requirement, but the agency appeared to have little latitude to make such exemptions under the existing regulations.

    “We have strong requirements, and we have to hold firm on those requirements — and we expect that Shell will comply with them,” said Tommy Beaudreau, chief of staff for Interior Secretary Sally Jewell…

  30. rikyrah says:

    Barack Obama pushes for-profit colleges to the brink

    An Education Department ‘gainful employment’ rule that takes effect Wednesday is the latest blow to the industry.
    By Allie Grasgreen
    7/1/15 5:17 AM EDT

    On Wednesday, the Obama administration will begin choking off the
    financial lifeline of for-profit colleges whose graduates can’t find
    well-paying jobs — and the move is likely to accelerate a wave of
    shutdowns for an industry taking assaults from all sides.

    Reining in the multibillion-dollar industry has been the administration’s goal for most of President Barack Obama’s term in office, fueled by
    complaints that for-profit colleges lure students with misleading promises, then saddle them with debts they can’t pay back despite their newly granted degrees. Its latest tool is the Education Department’s long-debated “gainful employment” rule, which requires colleges to track their graduates’ performance in the workforce and eventually will cut off funding for career training programs that fall short.

    The rule — upheld by a court ruling last week and set to take
    effect Wednesday — will trigger the closure of 1,400 programs that
    together enroll 840,000 students, the department has estimated. Ninety-nine percent of those students attend for-profits.

    • Liza says:

      Agree, but I wouldn’t let any “media professionals” off the hook. They are just smart enough to know what they are doing and greedy enough to do it for the money. But they are not intelligent enough or brave enough to be real investigative reporters. They are frauds, basically, and corporate media wants them exactly as they are.

  31. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    The Dream Defenders retweeted
    Erika Maye ‏@erikasway 17h17 hours ago
    Have you pledged your undying hostility to racism yet? If not, do it. Now. #CheckYourBias </em?

  32. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Wesley Lowery ‏@WesleyLowery 2h2 hours ago
    The Guardian has found 19 people, including Freddie Gray, who were killed in police custody this year

  33. Ametia says:

    All times are Eastern Time (ET)

    11:00 AM: The President delivers a statement on Cuba WATCH LIVE

  34. rikyrah says:

    I know I harp on this, but I must. I keep on going back to the full-bodied presentation of the gay broker on Million Dollar Listings -New York. Dude did PORN, but was allowed to show that he has moved on, and how he has moved on. They show him with a full life – professional AND personal

    What I want to know is WHY the show can’t explain the TOTALITY of their lives? WHY would it be so hard to do so?

    Is it because then, these Black Gay Men would no longer be caricatures?

    The Prancing Elites Dance Their Way Up

    A team of gay African-American men who practice an exuberant, balletic version of cheerleading called J-setting have been ejected from parades and denied the right to perform. They have been celebrated, too.

    JULY 1, 2015

    What the show cannot portray is too much back story. You never learn, for example, that Ms. Smith’s mother has lupus and her aunt has diabetes, making it a challenge for them to attend her performances. You never find out why Mr. Maddox’s house was set afire or understand that he came to J-setting from his experience in his high school marching band, where he yearned to do what the girls were doing.

    Nor do you learn that Mr. Collins, the patient squad leader with the teddy bear physique who plays den mother and drill sergeant to his sometimes obstreperous team, was an honors student who won a scholarship to Texas A&M University, but joined the military instead.

    “If I went to A&M, I would still be reliant on my mama,” he said. He
    will also tell you that basic training was the happiest time of his
    life. “It taught me team building and to face a lot of my fears.”

  35. rikyrah says:

    They better start exercising those 2nd Amendment rights and go around being prepared for the worst.


    Female pastors in Clarendon County receive letters threatening their safety
    Posted: 06/30/2015 7:43 PM

    CLARENDON COUNTY, SC (WIS) – Two Clarendon County pastors say they have been targeted with threats of violence just because they are women.

    The two pastors received letters where the writer used Bible verses to threaten the women, leaving them concerned about their safety. One letter was left on the front door of Society Hill AME Church on June 10th for Pastor Mary Rhodes.

    “Whoever wrote this letter has taken the rime to find out who I am which means you may know my children, my grandchildren, and I have no clue who you are” Pastor Rhodes said.

    Four days later, Pastor Valarie Bartley received the same letter at Reevesville AME Church.

    The writer, who identifies as Apostle Prophet Harry Leon Fleming, says in the letter that “the woman cannot be head of the man in church, home and the world.”

    “A lot of people do not respect female pastors,” Pastor Rhodes said. “Sexism in the church has been around for the longest time and it always gets, to my opinion, sort of hidden under the other issues that are there.”

    Investigators from the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office say that one other church led by a female pastor also received the letter.

    Pastor Bartley says she worried about their safety because all three churches are located in rural areas.

    “We have great concern about who is doing this and we pray they will stop,” Pastor Bartley said.

    Clarendon County Sheriff Randy Garrett says he is taking the letters seriously.

  36. Have a wonderful day all and enjoy the holiday. I will be away. My sister is coming to get me for the 4th.

  37. CarolMaeWY says:

    Good Morning! The burning and terrorizing people must stop. I can’t take TV news anymore. If they start discussing and showing the horror of this I might.
    Let me know please. ❤️ Love to all.
    The Native American Encyclopedia was shut down and I have no idea why. Google+ always had so many good posts. They still do but the links are shut down.
    I just heard the most beautiful song & video posted by @Duddette

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      <3 to you Carol Mae. Hope all is well with you.

      Thanks for sharing this video.

      • CarolMaeWY says:

        Yes, I’m ok! Thanks for asking. The beauty, the hate, the ridiculous is upsetting. I try to look for the good like the Obamas.
        Isn’t it wonderful a Native American is President of Girl Scouts? The board did the right thing by turning down the hate money. Never was a Girl Scout but cousins were. As a farm girl I was in 4-H; Even better. 😉

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        Yes, great to hear about the Girl Scout president! Also, it’s good that the board turned down the hate money.

      • CarolMaeWY says:

        How are you this morning? Best wishes to everyone.
        I’m getting my kicks with hearts this week. I don’t know how to get the rainbow colors on my Avi. 😉 ❤️ 💚 💙 💛 💜 💖

      • yahtzeebutterfly says:

        I love your hearts! I tried to make one with < and 3 but it did not appear as a heart.

        I am doing well, but my heart is filled with sadness over these hate crimes.

    • I agree I take a break from the newspapers and TV broadcasts now and then because there is so much hate and anger that it can be infectious. This is a beautiful video.

    • I was in 4-H too, CarolMae.

  38. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Greenleyville is only 50 miles away from AME Mother Emanuel. I have no doubt that this church burning is the work of those who mentored Roof into action and other hate groups.

    Where are the results of the investigations of the other churches.? Why does the media not send their investigative journalists to these locations to push for updates of the investigations of law enforcement? I hope the twitter world floods the media and pressures them to focus continually on these burnings.

    • Liza says:

      “I have no doubt that this church burning is the work of those who mentored Roof into action and other hate groups.”

      Yes, I believe that. These are white nationalists supporting their brother Dylann Roof and trying to make his terrorist act even larger. So they burn black churches and show the world that they are cowards. This country needs to direct more resources into fighting domestic terrorism.

  39. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone.

    They are truly trying the evil, SG2.

    Truly trying the evil.

  40. Good morning, everyone!

    Another historical Black Church burned. Gone! I want to cry.

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