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Three Muslim organizations have banded together to raise money for eight black churches that have been destroyed by fire after nine people were shot and killed in a Charleston, S.C. church on June 17.

“To many it is clear that these are attacks on Black culture, Black religion and Black lives,” the organizers of the fundraiser say on the campaign web page.

Four of the eight churches have been ruled arson and are being investigated. Three others are being investigated for possible arson.

“We must always keep in mind that the Muslim community and the black community are not different communities. We are profoundly integrated in many ways, in our overlapping identities and in our relationship to this great and complicated country,” the campaign page, organized by MuslimARC, the Arab-American Association of New York, and Ummah Wide, a digital media startup focused on Muslim issues, says.

The campaign is being crowdfunded (that is, any given amount donated by lots of different people toward a larger goal) on a website called LaunchGood.

“We believe that Muslims have incredible values to share with the rest of the world and LaunchGood is a manifestation of the impact that Muslims can have when they rally together for good,” co-founder Amany Killawy said in an email.

Since the campaign to raise money for the churches launched on July 2, the effort has raised $24,065, as of this writing, toward a $25,000 goal from 546 supporters. The campaign has 10 days to go. The organizers say on the campaign page that funds will be routed to the churches most in need through direct contact with pastors and church leaders.

“It's Ramadan and we are experiencing firsthand the beauty and sanctity of our mosques during this holy month,” Imam Zaid Shakir, a Muslim American scholar, says on the campaign page. “ALL houses of worship are sanctuaries."

Mr. Shakir says that there has not been anywhere near the amount of resources amassed to help rebuild the churches.

“We created LaunchGood as platform to support Muslims launching good across the globe, which is not limited to the Muslim community only,” Ms. Killawi said. She pointed out that the campaign to help rebuild black churches launched during the month of Ramadan which is “a time of increased generosity for Muslims worldwide.”

http://news.yahoo.com/why-muslims-raising-money-black-churches-destroyed-fire-214401934.html

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Black churches aren't racist. They are the result of racism. Remember your old southern heritage of slavery and segregation. That is why there are black churches. If you were to go to a black church I am sure you would be welcomed.

I used to buy properties in South Dallas, aka the Hood aka the Ghetto. Just a tad behind Fair Park. I was the only white guy for miles, I was treated like an outsider. Continually stared down, rude comments thrown. Of course I did meet a few cool cats, most were older dudes. I pent about 2 years down there 5 days per week.

I can promise you will not be treated well going into a all black area. You are seen as an outsider, I was able to see a side of culture that few people get to see

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I known that behaviour is not racist, needs to be an adjective to describe it...

7/7 yesterday, missed all the Muslim protests, that's the media for you.


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I used to buy properties in South Dallas, aka the Hood aka the Ghetto. Just a tad behind Fair Park. I was the only white guy for miles, I was treated like an outsider. Continually stared down, rude comments thrown. Of course I did meet a few cool cats, most were older dudes. I pent about 2 years down there 5 days per week.

I can promise you will not be treated well going into a all black area. You are seen as an outsider, I was able to see a side of culture that few people get to see

Ahh. But were you called an alien? Edited by Jacque67

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Obviously your experience is different than mine. If you comported yourself the way you come across here in these forums then I can see why they would look down on you.

I grew up in a neighborhood right next to the West Dallas Housing projects. I went five years to schools located right in the middle of the black section of the projects. I had to walk through the housing projects every school day. I never had any problems with the students, teachers or residents of the housing projects.

I very honestly think that it's the fact that he was treating 'buying properties' likea 9-5 job. He was there 5 days a week, renovating houses and driving up property values by gentrifying one property at a time. There tends to be a lot of pushback in marginalized communities against gentrification because it makes property taxes unaffordable for people whose families managed to buy a house decades ago.


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No, worse, he was a WHITE GUY, didn't you see his post? Of course it has nothing to do with gentrification driving up property values and therefore property taxes and potentially driving people out of their homes....

Yep. Guess it is better to be discriminated against if you a a white person entering black territory, coz in the big picture you have the advantage, rather than being called an alien ....

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They want to show they care, but might have hidden plans.

Beauty of Islam, look in Syria you see.

Three Muslim organizations have banded together to raise money for eight black churches that have been destroyed by fire after nine people were shot and killed in a Charleston, S.C. church on June 17.

“To many it is clear that these are attacks on Black culture, Black religion and Black lives,” the organizers of the fundraiser say on the campaign web page.

Four of the eight churches have been ruled arson and are being investigated. Three others are being investigated for possible arson.

“We must always keep in mind that the Muslim community and the black community are not different communities. We are profoundly integrated in many ways, in our overlapping identities and in our relationship to this great and complicated country,” the campaign page, organized by MuslimARC, the Arab-American Association of New York, and Ummah Wide, a digital media startup focused on Muslim issues, says.

The campaign is being crowdfunded (that is, any given amount donated by lots of different people toward a larger goal) on a website called LaunchGood.

“We believe that Muslims have incredible values to share with the rest of the world and LaunchGood is a manifestation of the impact that Muslims can have when they rally together for good,” co-founder Amany Killawy said in an email.

Since the campaign to raise money for the churches launched on July 2, the effort has raised $24,065, as of this writing, toward a $25,000 goal from 546 supporters. The campaign has 10 days to go. The organizers say on the campaign page that funds will be routed to the churches most in need through direct contact with pastors and church leaders.

“It's Ramadan and we are experiencing firsthand the beauty and sanctity of our mosques during this holy month,” Imam Zaid Shakir, a Muslim American scholar, says on the campaign page. “ALL houses of worship are sanctuaries."

Mr. Shakir says that there has not been anywhere near the amount of resources amassed to help rebuild the churches.

“We created LaunchGood as platform to support Muslims launching good across the globe, which is not limited to the Muslim community only,” Ms. Killawi said. She pointed out that the campaign to help rebuild black churches launched during the month of Ramadan which is “a time of increased generosity for Muslims worldwide.”

http://news.yahoo.com/why-muslims-raising-money-black-churches-destroyed-fire-214401934.html

Edited by marriedguy

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Black churches aren't racist. They are the result of racism. Remember your old southern heritage of slavery and segregation. That is why there are black churches. If you were to go to a black church I am sure you would be welcomed.

If I'm not mistaken the shooter in South Carolina was welcomed into their Bible study. In fact, I also believe he said he second thoughts about the shooting because they were so nice to him.

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