Massachusetts Man Gets 9 Years for Torching African-American Church

Macedonia Church of God in Christ burns.
Macedonia Church of God in Christ burns.

A white man was sentenced today to nine years in prison for burning down a predominantly African-American church in Springfield, Mass., the day after Barack Obama won the presidential election. Benjamin Haskell, 24, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor in Springfield for the 2008 burning of the Macedonia Church of God in Christ. The church was under construction and 75 percent complete when it was torched, the Justice Department said. In addition to the prison term, Haskell must pay a $7,500 fine and $1.7 million in restitution, including $123,570.25 to the Macedonia Church. He and two other white men poured gasoline inside and outside the church before setting it on fire because they were angry that Obama had been elected president. Haskell confessed to the crime, along with the others, one of whom is awaiting sentencing and another is awaiting trial. Burning down a black church because you're mad that a black man became president? If they hated black people before, they're really going to hate them after dealing with Pookie and them in the joint. In the words of rap legends Whodini, "You brought it on yourself."

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