An online campaign has been created to raise funds, and additional awareness, for the black churches that have been burned since the Charleston Shooting on June 17.
The project “Respond With Love: Rebuild Black Churches, Support Victims of Arson Across The South” launched on July 2 and has since raised over $45,000 only $5,000 short of their original goal of $50,000. Organized by Faatimah Amat-Allah Knight the website states,
“8 Black churches have been burned to the ground since the shooting of 9 parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. These church burnings happened within the span of 10 days. Three were undoubtedly set by arsons; the others are pending investigation. But to many it is clear that these are attacks on Black culture, Black religion and Black lives. These kinds of attacks on Black churches are a very old form of intimidation in the South, historically used to strike fear into the hearts of Black people.”
In addition to stating the purpose, the site provides heart wrenching details about the churches that have been burned and a little history to emphasize the relevance and the importance of the campaign.
The campaign will run until July 18 and they ensure, “…Muslim activists and organizations, including Muslim ARC, the Arab American Association of New York and Ummah Wide will handle all of the logistics for ensuring the funds get to these churches.”