Part Two of interview with Michael Weisskopf - Church Fires.

May 22, 1996


Since 1990, 45 African American churches in the South have been burned to the ground... but most of those fires have happened in the past year and half. At a House Judiciary committee hearing yesterday, Federal officials said so far, they have not found any evidence of a conspiracy behind the series of arson attacks. But some at the hearing questioned the Clinton Administration’s commitment to the investigation. Pacifica’s Don Rush was there and has this report. Also testifying at yesterday’s hearing was an African American representative of the Christian Coalition, the political arm of Millionaire Television Preacher Pat Robertson. The overwhelmingly white movement has been trying to reach out to people of color. Reverend Earl Jackson, Sr. is the National Liaison of for Urban Development for the Christian Coalition. Reporter Dennis Bernstein joins us. Dennis is recently back from the South where he’s been investigating the church burnings for a documentary that will air on Democracy Now! this summer. Tape of Rosa Sanchez of the Civil Rights Museum in Selma, Alabama.