"...joke that got out of hand." --Matthew Cloyd, 19, in response to the
burning of 9 Baptist Churches in Rural Alabama.
This story in the New York Times tells about Benjamin N. Moseley, 19 Russell L. DeBusk Jr. 19 and Matthew Lee Cloyd, 20 Alabama students charged with the burning of Baptist churches in Alabama...
From reading the articles it does not seem race related as some of the churches had predominatly white congregations. Yet there is also a concept in some of the stories that some of the churches were burnt at random to help keep them from getting caught.