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Charleston church shooting is one more incident in pattern of racist sin in America, SBC leaders say

June 25, 2015

For many, the massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, is simply another mass shooting. But for African-Americans, church violence has historic dimensions. The attack June 17 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church reflects “a pattern of random, racialized violence against religious institutions,” said Valerie Cooper, associate professor of black church studies at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Here are some examples of black church violence over the years: The Charleston church was torched centuries ago. It burned in the 1800s during a controversy surrounding Denmark Vesey, one of the church’s organizers, who led a major slave rebellion. Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, was bombed in 1963. Four girls...

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