Marking The Next Massacre? Confederate Flags Placed Around Black Church In Georgia By White Males (VIDEO)

Police in Atlanta are reporting that overnight, two white males placed several Confederate flags on the grounds of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. That church is where Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached. The incident occurred just weeks after nine worshippers were killed at the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

According to Atlanta TV station WSB, police chief George Turner said that surveillance camera video captured two white males placing the flags at the church, and at the King Center, which is part of the church grounds. Turner says that the video will be released to the public for help in identifying the men.

The church’s current pastor, Rev. Raphael Warnock, calls the placing of the flags a “terrorist act.” At a news conference, Warnock said, “Let the message go out that we will not be shaken by this. We will not be intimidated.” Given recent events, this can indeed be considered terrorism. But it’s highly unlikely that it will be reported that way by most media.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution says that one of the flags was placed under a poster that reads “Black Lives Matter, Hands Up.” Another was found by a garbage can. A third was placed on a walkway leading to the MLK visitor center, and a fourth was found on a corner near the church. The flags were found by a maintenance man at about 6 a.m. He notified park rangers, who called Atlanta police. According to Rev. Shanan Jones, the Department of Homeland Security was also called.

This incident is just the latest in a series of provocative events involving supporters of the Confederate flag. But the perpetrators of this act may be getting more than they bargained for. Police say that the men may be in for multiple charges, including criminal trespass, terroristic threatening, and littering.

Supporters of the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, aka the “Confederate flag,” say that the flag is about “heritage, not hate.” Perhaps the men who placed these flags are helping to show the true heritage of the Confederate flag, which does indeed involve a history of hate.

Here’s a news conference on the incident, via WSB:

Featured image via WSB screen capture