Remember that spike in hate crimes the media keeps reporting? They may need to begin a feature dedicated to corrections after this week. We’ve been following the story of Yasmin Seweid, a young Muslim woman arrested for lying to the police, after her story of a Trump inspired hate crime went viral. Adam Saleh a serial hoaxer claimed Delta airline discriminated against him for “speaking in Arabic, already other passengers are coming forward to discredit his version of events.
Flashback to shortly the week before the Presidential election, A Mississippi church was burned and “Vote Trump” was written on the remaining structure. At the time some were skeptical, others took the opportunity to lash out at Racism everywhere. Now authories have reportedly arrested an African-American man in the burning of that Church.
BREAKING (2): Andrew McClinton is accused of setting fire to an African-American church & spray-painting it with "Vote Trump." pic.twitter.com/oHq0ztrkIP
— Jenna Jordan (@NewsieJJ) December 21, 2016
Here’s what we know:
Andrew McClinton of Leland, Mississippi, was charged with first degree arson of a place of worship, said Warren Strain, spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. McClinton is African-American.
McClinton was arrested in Greenville, where Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church was burned and vandalized Nov. 1, a week before the presidential election.
The authorities have said that they no longer believe the motive behind the act was political.