It seems that the mainstream media has declared that the majority of the Black churches burned down in the South recently were due to lightning and other mishaps. There is still a segment of society that believes (based on the history of racial terrorism) that several Black churches being burned to the ground in about a week’s time is more than a coincidence. These suspicions are further substantiated by the fact that they followed the massacre of nine Black people in Emanuel AME in North Carolina, committed by White supremacist Dylann Roof (it was his intent to start a race war). Nevertheless, the churches have to be rebuilt, as they are epicenters so treasured by their congregations and the communities they are in. In a moving show of spiritual solidarity, a group of young Muslims have taken to the Internet to crowdfund money to do so.
23-year-old theology student and Brooklyn native, Faatimah Knight started the campaign on crowdfunding platform, LaunchGood with a group of friends, initially looking to raise $10,000 during the month of Ramadan, the premier holy season for Muslims where they fast and make offerings. The page featured the words, “All houses of worship are sanctuaries… let’s unite to help our sisters and brothers in faith.” That goal was met within 12 hours, so Knight and comrades decided to up the ante, raising the end goal to $50,000, which they are close to reaching now, with over $46,000 raised.
“Supporting these churches hit me most as a black person,” said Knight. “It has been a challenging time to be black in America.”
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