Church's White, Racist Arsonist Turns Out to be Black Crackhead

Better luck next time.

In a twist that will come as no surprise to many who have marveled at the Left’s delusional portrayal of America as rife with white supremacy, Ku Klux Klan graffiti sprayed on a church in Missouri has turned out to be the work of a black man.

Federal court documents filed Monday charged Nathaniel D. Nelson, a worker at the mostly black Concord Fortress Hope Church in Kansas City, with defacing church property and setting a fire in the church office. The vandalism and arson occurred Sunday, according to the allegations, due to Nelson’s attempted cover-up of theft: the church employee had stolen money from a vending machine in order to buy crack cocaine; he also broke into the house of worship’s financial office. Subsequently, he spray-painted the building's entrance with "KKK" and a slur against black people.

Investigator John Ham of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, told KSHB-TV, "An attack on a church and an attack on a congregation is really an attack on everyone.”

After considerations of whether the arson and racist graffiti constituted a hate crime, the ATF declined such a charge. A $5,000 reward was offered, until a church congregant who worked for the Kansas City Police identified Nelson on a church surveillance video. Purportedly, Nelson had disconnected one such system, not realizing there was a second.

Nelson is no stranger to crime: he has prior convictions of burglary, theft, forgery, financial crimes, and — yes — second degree arson. He is being held and will be in court later this week.

Some on the left are surely disappointed by the revelation of Nelson's misdeeds: hooded, white-robed men painting hatefulness on a black church is the creme de la creme of leftist narrative ammunition. But sadly for those more interested in race-baiting than an honest look at the goodness of Americans, this story gets filed under "Better Luck Next Time." Until then, we'll all have to accept that the Left's notion of Grand Wizards on the rise is an epidemic not of racism, but delusion.

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