Black Church Members Terrorized by Threatening, Racist Signs… from a Black Man

The man said he put up signs, that left Black church members terrorized, in order to expose corruption.

This story seems remarkably sparse on details, especially motives: “Black Suspect Arrested After Racist Message Discovered Outside Predominately Black Church.”

A Colorado Springs man was arrested after police believe he left racist messages outside a church.

Vincent Broughton, 44, who is black, is facing charges for committing a bias-motivated crime and disorderly conduct.

The signs were posted outside the New Covenant church that is predominately attended by African Americans. One sign references the KKK. Another reads, “Black men beware, you are the target.”

The messages had the congregation on edge.

“We locked our doors this morning, so we were inside, but it shouldn’t be that way. You shouldn’t have to lock your doors in the church, it’s just… I’m speechless,” said Pastor Roland Joyner.

No major media picked up on the story. Does that shock you?

Yesterday the Washington Times picked it up and added a few things. New Covenant Church was not the only church he terrorized.

On Monday morning, three signs were found outside the Relevant World Christian Cultural Center, a culturally diverse church near downtown Colorado Springs. One sign read, “this church works for the KKK,” ABC reported.

“I want people to know how corrupt these people that run the town are, the police department, city council and people in the community,” Mr. Broughton told ABC.

The man said he’s had a bad experience with city officials, but he did not tell police why he targeted the churches.

[See also, “Are All Hate Crimes Equal?]

So are we supposed to believe this was some kind of understandable protest that just got misunderstood? It looks a lot like a fake hate crime. To leave a sign outside a church saying that black men are targets would be certain to be seen as a threat, especially after a recent news story about a mass shooter at a black church.

Rick Moran at The American Thinker blog thinks this was a fake hate crime. He points out another one:

The left is on something of a roll lately, and to maintain the momentum, it becomes necessary for activists to seek out expressions of hate to show how much work we have left to do.  After all, what’s an activist unless there’s something to protest against?

Unfortunately, some activists are apparently having trouble finding hate crimes and have to invent them.  Recently, a black man admitted placing a Confederate battle flag at a monument to black soldiers, claiming he didn’t intend the act as a racial issue but instead as a protest against the flag.  That unconvincing story has kept him out of jail, for the moment.

This makes me wonder if, in the Colorado Springs case, the man kept his signs ambiguous enough to be able to deny faking a hate crime.

How much interest do you think the mainstream media will show about this story?