Over $200,000 Raised for Burned Black Church in Mississippi

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When the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church was burned and spray-painted with pro-Donald Trump graffiti this week, it was seen by many as one of the lowest points in an election season defined by a seemingly endless parade of low points. But, in an inspiring act of defiance, people from all over America have risen up to stand with the church.

Launched on Wednesday, the “Repair the Hopewell Baptist Church” GoFundMe campaign was attempting to raise $10,000. Instead, it has collected an astonishing $211,535 dollars and counting, with donations coming from across the country and the world.

I spoke with campaign organizer Blair Reeves, who said he launched the initiative in part as a response to the crowdfunding efforts to help the North Carolina GOP after their field offices were burned last month

“I can totally see the internet raising 12 grand for the North Carolina GOP, [which] is literally engaged right now in disenfranchising and suppressing black voters, and not lifting a finger for this black church in Mississippi,” he explained. “I can totally see that. And that would be bullshit.”

After creating the campaign, Reeves went to work, and “by the end of the day, it had like $125,000.”

He’s gotten responses from around the world, including one donor who wrote him from Germany, who explained that the burning of the church reminded him of his grandfather’s experience at the onset of the Holocaust.

On Twitter, Reeves shared a few more of the (anonymized) responses he’s gotten over the short time his GoFundMe initiative has been live.

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Source: Fusion | Rafi Schwartz