Black Churches (Not) Burning

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Orthogonal time was “real” time, at right angles to our spurious linear time. The orthogonal time was like a revolving drum in which the same basic things periodically came back around. These basic things were equated by Philip K. Dick with Plato’s idea of the Archetypes. (Background: Zagreus and the Fish Sign, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, December 16, 2014.)

The Ferguson, Missouri mobilization of late November 2014 is the return of the revolving drum of orthogonal time from 1996 and “black churches being burned down in the south”. (Background: The Ferguson Conspiracy, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, December 15, 2014.)

Early in 1996, the Washington Post was among those pushing the panic button. A string of suspicious fires at predominately black churches in Alabama and Tennessee was being investigated by Janet Reno’s Justice Department. Racial slurs had been found spray-painted on the charred walls of a church in Knoxville, Tennessee. “Dark memories” were being stirred up about a possible link to a previous moment of revolving orthogonal time, the 1950s and 1960s, when black churches in the South were really being burned. [1]

The 1996 headline-grabber of the burning black churches was still blazing hot in June, when the Baltimore Sun informed readers that “Since the end of the Civil War, when freed slaves began to erect their own churches, racist whites have attacked those houses of worship to stir fear in black leaders and to quash efforts by blacks to improve their lives.” [2]

Generally, by association, many white people were feeling very guilty indeed as this story of the burning black churches kept being pounded out. They skulked through alleyways seeking to avoid the accusing glances of their black neighbors.

“America’s news media informed us that black churches throughout the South were being torched by white racists. The purported wave of arsons dominated the airwaves and generated thousands of newspaper articles.” [3]

President Bill Clinton charged into the bubbling newsfaker stew. Clinton spoke with emotion about his own “vivid and painful memories of black churches being burned in my own state when I was a child.” (However the day after President Clinton’s radio address, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and others reported that no church burnings had occurred in Arkansas during Mr. Clinton’s childhood, the president’s “vivid and painful” memories notwithstanding.) [3]

The whole “news” extravaganza about an explosion of black churches being burned down began to be questioned. On July 8, 1996 writing in the Wall Street Journal, Michael Fumento found that fires set by blacks themselves were being ignored and that some fires were being called arsons but were not. Other factors were cited which called into question the whole “racist arsons” mass panic story. [3]

On August 27, James K. Glassman charged in a Washington Post editorial that President Clinton had “obscured the scandal of the FBI files by promoting the phony tale of a wave of racist church burnings.” [3]

The revolving drum of orthogonal time again turned, and “black churches burning” stories faded away. But then, on August 9, 2014, African-American Michael Brown was fatally shot by white police officer Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Missouri and the archetype of “terror in the South” was reactivated, this time with a flavor of “racist police on the prowl.”

“Hey, we’ll do anything to sell our ‘news’ product to the masses,” ought to have admitted the purveyors of mainstream “news.” Instead of any such honesty, the newsfakers actually helped stir up riots in Ferguson, culminating in the November 24th “Burn this bitch down!” heartburn inducer. The mass media had been repeatedly announcing, “Riots Expected After Grand Jury Decides”; The Missouri National Guard had gone to the trouble of mobilizing their weekend warriors; The mainstream “news” persons had all journeyed to Ferguson and set up their cameras and satellite dishes. The stage had been erected with much effort and planning. After such careful preparation, it would have been downright rude for rioters to have snubbed the event. [4]

So once again the newsfakers had managed to help create a “big story” which they next reported breathlessly upon. What is the archetype for  the periodic resurgences of fake news? Rumors in Rome that the Christians had started the Great Fire of 64 A.D.? In those days our newsfakers were mere rumormongers with no cameras available, yet still they were “on the scene” and “live at five.” Only later did the public find out that the Emperor Nero might have done it.

——- Sources ——-
[1] “U.S. Investigates Suspicious Fires at Southern Black Churches”, by Michael A. Fletcher. Washington Post, Thursday, February 8, 1996; Page A03.
[2] “Burning of black churches is old tactic. Arson attacks in South show a racist past still smolders”, by unnamed Baltimore Sun Staff Writer, June 13, 1996
[3] “Fanning Imaginary Flames: A Look Back At The Great Church Fire Propaganda Campaign”, by Scott Swett. American Thinker, June 11, 2011.
[4] “The Ferguson Conspiracy”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, December 15, 2014.


About ersjdamoo

Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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