An Open Letter to President Obama: Too Many Black Churches Have Been Attacked

Dear President Obama, 

As we all know, sadly, the SEVENTH Black Church caught on fire tonight since the Charleston, South Carolina, tragedy. This is far too many, and likely does not include some tragedies.

As a possible starting preventive measure, I suggest you set up some kind of emergency federal/FBI/Justice Department hotline for Black people to call when their life or property, their churches are under attack. I have heard again and again, and read again and again, that it is not safe for Black people to call the police. I was imagining a situation where a group of church members decided to take shifts, guarding their church 24/7 looking for any signs of attackers, only to be worried that they–as Black United Statesians–would “mistakenly” be murdered if they called for help upon signs of violent activity.

We need extremely urgent and prompt attention. Black Lives Matter.

Thank you for your time. 


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