Apr 3, 2019

Police investigating "white power" symbol found after social justice center burned down

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and agents from Tennessee's bomb and arson agency opened an investigation Tuesday after an iconic social justice center was destroyed in a fire last week where a "white power" symbol was found spray painted on its parking lot. No one was injured in the fire.

Why it matters: The Highlander Research and Education Center, founded in 1932, congregated civil rights figures like Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks for training and organizing efforts. Rhetoric, protests and crimes related to white nationalism have increased in recent years in the U.S. and globally. The center called for the community to stay vigilant.

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