This is a story that has repeated itself for decades. An arson attack occurs against a Black church. Professional activists scream that it was an act of White Supremacist terrorism. The media often amplifies this accusation. Eventually, a Black suspect is arrested at it is never mentioned again.
Delvin McLaurin, a 23-year-old Black male, has been charged with numerous crimes for six acts of arson. Two of these acts were against churches. Epiphany Lutheran Church in Jackson, which had a Black clientele, was destroyed. At least one act of arson occurred on the grounds of Jackson State University, a historically Black college. The fires began around 2:45 AM on election day, November 8th.
Firefighters would spend the next three hours putting out the blazes. Five of the fires were controlled and extinguished, but the Epiphany Lutheran Church was burnt to the ground.
On Number 9th, McLaurin was charged with four counts of first-degree felon arson against dwellings and two counts of arson against non-dwellings. He was also charged with felony malicious mischief. A judge in Jackson municipal court ordered him to be held without bond.
Shuwaski Young, the Democratic Party nominee for Mississippi House District 3, hoped to capitalize on the timing of the arson. He called it a continuation of historical terror to suppress the Black vote.
Despite McLaurin being formally charged five days ago, Young has not bothered to remove his statements from social media. National Conservative used Twitter to reach out to Young and call on him to issue a retraction and an apology.