In the quiet early hours of January 28, a nefarious act shook the conservative community of Golden Valley, Minnesota. Arsonists targeted the offices of the Center of the American Experiment, along with two other conservative organizations, inflicting significant damage and sparking an intense investigation.
This crime occurred at a multi-story office building on Wayzata Boulevard, home not only to these conservative entities but also to various small businesses. The blaze, which is now confirmed as arson by the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), has caused millions in damages and displaced numerous professionals.
The Center of the American Experiment, along with the Upper Midwest Law Center (UMLC) and Take Charge, a conservative group led by Black women, stand as the primary victims. These organizations, known for their legal battles against what they term “diversity, equity, and inclusion” discrimination and progressive race narratives, have become the focal point of this investigation.
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John Hinderaker, president of the Center of the American Experiment, stated at a news conference that gasoline was used as an accelerant in the fires. The impact of these fires was not just physical but symbolic, challenging the essence of free speech and the peaceful exchange of ideas in our society.
In a defiant stand against terroristic intimidation, both the Center of the American Experiment and Take Charge have vowed to continue their work unabated. “Regardless of the attacks, we’ll continue to educate all Americans on the truth Progressives want to keep hidden from public view,” affirmed Take Charge in a statement. This resilience in the face of adversity underscores the commitment of these organizations to their causes.
In the effort to seek justice, a substantial reward of $15,000 has been announced by the Center for the American Experiment for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.
The FBI’s involvement in this case is noteworthy, especially considering the recent skepticism toward the bureau in conservative circles. Hinderaker acknowledged this sentiment but expressed confidence in the FBI’s handling of the case, highlighting the nonpartisan nature of the agents involved.
The incident’s impact extends beyond the targeted organizations. It has also affected small businesses in the building, including psychologists, chiropractors and financial advisors, showcasing the far-reaching consequences of the real domestic terrorism ordinary Americans are facing from leftist criminals.