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Title: Burning of African American Churches in Mississippi and Perceptions of Race Relations: Executive Summary of a Community Forum Held by the Mississippi Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights in Cleveland, Mississippi, July 10-11, 1996
Corporate Author: US Cmssn on Civil Rights
Mississippi Advisory Cmtte
United States of America
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: US Cmssn on Civil Rights

US Cmssn on Civil Rights
Kansas City, MO 66101
Sale Source: US Cmssn on Civil Rights
Central Regional Office
400 State Avenue
Kansas City, MO 66101
United States of America
Type: Conference Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A community forum held in Cleveland, Miss. in July 1996 examined arson against black churches in Mississippi; discussed perceptions of race relations; and assessed the investigative procedures of Federal, State, and local law enforcement officials.
Abstract: Seven African American churches in Mississippi have experienced arson between January 1995 and June 1996. Mississippi does not have a State hate crimes act, but it does have a penalty enhancement law enacted in 1994 for felonies or misdemeanors committed because of the race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, national origin, or gender of the victim. The State has no human relations or human rights commission or agency. Topics discussed at the forum included vandalism and other crimes committed in connection with the arson, the role of the National Arson Task Force, the characteristics of hate crimes and their perpetrators, the law enforcement response to church arson, the reporting and prosecution of hate crimes, racial and ethnic tensions, and efforts to improve race relations.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Arson; Arson factors; Arson investigations; Hate Crimes; Mississippi; Race relations; Racially motivated violence; Religion
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