Man Sentenced for Threatening to Burn Black Churches

Man Sentenced for Threatening to Burn Black Churches

Published July 26, 2011

You can say “God don’t like ugly” again.


A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for sending threating letters to burn Black churches and NAACP offices in three states.


On Monday, Jeffrey Smith pleaded guilty to 11 counts of mailing letters threatening to burn down seven predominately Black churches and four NAACP offices in Cambridge, Roxbury and Medford, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; and Charlotte, North Carolina. His letters acknowledged that he did not like African-Americans, minorities as his supervisors or minorities as the “President of the United States.”


Because Smith had spent sufficient time behind bars since his arrest in July 2010, on Monday he was sentenced and released to the Department of Mental Health.


In recent years the NAACP has received a number of threats including racist messages in the form of faxes sent to the North Carolina chapter office in May of this year, and death threats at a number of local units and chapters across the country following the passage of its tea party resolution last year.



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Written by Danielle Wright


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