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Son of Deputy Arrested in Connection to Burning of Historically Black Churches

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The 21-year-old son of a St. Landry Parish deputy has been arrested in connection to the fires that have ravaged three historically Black churches in Louisiana. Despite reports that the arsonist was turned in by his father Wednesday night, according to St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, Holden Matthews was taken into custody by authorities.

Little is known about Holden Matthews. The Facebook profile of the arsonist lists virtually nothing about himself aside from his membership in a garage metal band. All that is known are his vile acts of domestic terrorism.

The first fire destroyed St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre March 26th. The next occurred April 2nd at Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas and the last occurred April 4th at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church within the same area. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, ATF, and FBI are working in conjunction with local authorities to assuage the fears of residents who are living on edge.

NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson released a statement condemning the acts as domestic terrorism. Attributing the hate crimes to “a reflection of the emboldened racial rhetoric and tension spreading across the country,” Johnson says, “this is nothing new.”

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Summer Walker & Social Anxiety

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Summer Walker Says We Don’t Deserve Her…And She’s Right

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Summer Walker’s recent Instagram post aims to remind us all to step away from the superficiality of social media and remember we’re only human.

In an age where people exploit “Love, Light, and Positivity” through discussions involving mental health and support, toxicity toward those affected has never seemed more prevalent. Conversations regarding self-care, emotional maturity, and navigating anxiety or depression seem to flood social media in ways that both normalize and trivialize the conditions. While the public perception of mental health is changing for the better, it seems our behavior does not match.

Social media has allowed us to become more accessible to one another but over time we forget there’s a living, breathing, feeling entity on the other end. We become crass, callous, and act without regard for another individual. In that ignorance, we forget that access to each other is a privilege and not a right. For someone like Summer Walker, who has reached their limit with public criticism, denying others access is no massive effort.

“Y’all Can Have The Music & Imma Just Head Out”

Summer Walker has always been candid about mental health. During her concerts, she often pauses to address her social anxiety while encouraging others to push toward their goals. Although she’s continuing to navigate the music industry and face her challenges head on, she recently made the decision that her first tour will be her last – partly due to social media criticism. Saying, “I’ve decided y’all don’t deserve me” Walker intends to distance herself from the public’s gaze upon the conclusion of her tour.

Following immense criticism for her Tiny Desk performance and hygiene practices, Summer penned a caption on Instagram in an effort to remind people she’s “just a regular person.” Believing people’s values are skewed, Summer said public expectations of her are too high and she has no desire to be in constant competition with the world. “Everyday/everything isn’t a Miss America bad b*tch contest and I don’t feel the need to put others down to stay relevant.” Adding that people are really disconnected, she said we’re hiding behind apps, filters, clothes, and other things that distract us from who we truly are. Imploring others to apply equal effort in enhancing their spiritual appearance along with their physical, Summer exposed the lack of self-acceptance and performative empathy that has affected so many.

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It’s great to place so much emphasis on the importance of mental health care and showing up for your “strong friend”. But it isn’t truly being applied when your solidarity is so visible in theory but not in practice. People who experience social anxiety are not exempt from what causes it through the use of social media. For creatives, the irony of their work providing so much happiness while they often struggle with mental health issues is not lost. While Summer’s fans are hoping she does not refrain from producing music in the future, she’s made it pretty clear she has no obligation to shrink her emotional boundaries to please anyone besides herself.

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