On Wednesday, the members of Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church in Crawfordville, Wakulla County, arrived for choir practice to find “KKK” spray-painted across their church. Mount Olive joins New Bridge Hope Missionary Baptist Church and Pilgrim Rest P.B. Church, all three of them predominately black churches, in the latest event of overt racism to plague the supposedly post-racial United States.
According to the International Business Times, the FBI is investigating the defacing as hate crimes.
The Wakulla County NAACP Organizing Committee President, Anginita Roiser, told the Tallahassee Democrat that “The whole community is in shock right now that we still have these things occurring.”
Authorities are pursing three suspects as of Thursday, with one suspect already having been cleared. A $5,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest, but the IBT notes that the problem might actually lie within the county Sheriff’s Office itself.
On December 2, five deputies were suspended over comments they made on Facebook regarding the grand jury decision in Ferguson. That decision “cleared” officer Wilson of murdering Michael Brown, a black unarmed teen, and bucked the trend of good sense (A grand jury is supposed to be an amazingly low bar; the very fact that liberals and conservatives disagree over details proves it should’ve gone to trial).
One of these . . . exuberant . . . posts, penned by Deputy Richard Moon, referred to the protesters as “damn cockroaches.” Moon was suspended for a week with pay for the comments, as were four others: Undersheriff Trey Morrison, Sgt. Eddie Wester, Detective Rick Buckley, and Detention Deputy Jeff Carroll.
Rosier told the Tallahassee paper that there might be a connection between the suspended deputies and the vandalism:
We feel (the KKK spray-painting incident) is directly related to the incident related to the Sheriff’s Department and the officers who have been suspended so far
This story feels like something out of the 1920s. Between the rise of income inequality and the rampant racism in this country, it certainly feels like we’re descending into the 1920s and 30s, doesn’t it?
The investigation is currently ongoing.