Two historically black churches in Jackson, Mississippi, were deliberately set on fire early Tuesday morning — Election Day — authorities told USA Today.
There were five additional suspected arson cases in the city — and all seven occurred in the area of Jackson State University, a historically black public university, the paper said.
We will not allow domestic terrorists or to stop us from exercising our right to vote
Mississippi Democrat Congress Candidate Shuwaski Young USA Today reported that the Fire Department issued a statement Tuesday morning, calling the fires terrorist acts.
u201cMy statement about the Church in Jackson that was set on fire on #ElectionDay. Get out and vote for Mississippi. Vote.
— Shuwaski Young for Congress (@Shuwaski Young for Congress)
According to the statement, “This morning many churches were set on fire by Jackson, Mississippi residents on Election Day.” “These cowardly actions invoke historic acts of terrorism when people fight for their right and desire to live peacefully as Americans or Mississippians.” We won’t be intimidated and we won’t be stopped. We will not permit domestic terrorists to obstruct our right to vote. All Mississippians should VOTE