Church arson in North Carolina under investigation as possible hate crime

On Wednesday morning, a predominantly black church in Charlotte, North Carolina was intentionally set on fire.

Fire officials in Charlotte are investigating the arson at Briar Creek Road Baptist Church as a possible hate crime. Despite the culprit's violent intentions, Pastor Mannix Kinsey said that the congregation forgives the arsonist. Kinsey told WCNC:

"Buildings can be repaired, they can be built over. This is the opportunity for God to touch the hearts of individuals."

The building can be repaired, but it's going to cost them. The fire caused roughly $250,000 in damage. It took more than 75 firefighters to control the fire once it was set ablaze early Wednesday morning.

Briar Creek Baptist Church has 85 members, most of whom are black. Therefore, in light of last week's Charleston church massacre, it seems likely that this arson was an act of hate and white supremacy.

Watch this video to learn about the discussions on white supremacy, hate crime, and race wars stirred by the Charleston shooting:

South Carolina Church Massacre in "Ideological Home" of White Supremacy

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