Tuesday, February 07, 2006
On this day:

More church burnings in west Alabama

Five last week and four more this morning.

If there is a common link between the churches, aside from geography, it seems to be denomination, not race: All were Baptist; 4 were white, and 5 were black. Here are the details (relevant only because race seems to be a preoccupation of the national media):

All five churches that burned last week were in Bibb County. Four of them - Old Union Baptist, Antioch Baptist, Ashby Baptist, and Rehobeth Baptist - are white churches affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention; the other - Pleasant Sabine Baptist - is a black church. Bibb County is 77% white and 22 % black.

All of the four churches hit today - Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Greene County, Galilee Baptist and Spring Valley Baptist in Sumter County, and Dancy First Baptist in Pickens County - are black churches. Greene County is 19% white and 80% black. Sumter County is 26% white and 73% black. Pickens County is 56% white and 43% black.

For those of you who are as unfamiliar with west Alabama as I am, this blogger has posted a map. (Birmingham is located at the top right.)