The man currently under investigation for his alleged involvement in the church burning is an African American parishioner of the church and not a white supremacist, as was initially suspected. If he is proven to be guilty then it will certainly suggest that he was attempting to provoke black people into action against white nationalists in the area.
In the end, the person that burned the Mississippi church was a member of the congregation. He was a liberal, but he painted words on the church that supposedly a racist Trump supporter would have written. This was meant to perversely control the dialogue about Trump supporters. This person was trying to create fear of Trump supporters.
It makes very little difference whether the Mississippi church burnings are hate crimes or simply attempts to strike fear of hate crimes being committed, the end result and the motivation is the same and the attempt to strike fear of future hate crimes is itself a hate crime. It is the 21st century and it is difficult to imagine that these atrocities still take place and that ignorant bigots are still committing them, despite the progress that has been made in tolerance and acceptance of minorities. The perpetrators should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
The church burning in Mississippi is not a perverse attempt to stoke fear of increased hate crimes, nor is it a true hate crime. It's a crime...just as murder is a crime...and robbery is a crime. This "hate crime" nonsense is just another way for a small group of victims to escalate their victimhood to make it more important than it is.