The Devil Loves A Fire – The Gantt Report

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Lucius Gantt

AFRICANGLOBE – The devil loves a fire! The devil loves hell fire and the devil also loves fires on earth.

Take student devils, for instance, almost every time a college or a university wins a championship or gains national or international notoriety in some way, some students celebrate by starting a fire.

When athletic devils dislike it when a sports star exercises his options and leaves one team for another some people decide to burn the jerseys of the leaving sports star.

Don’t act like you’ve never heard of witches being burned at the stake or about the towns of Tulsa and Rosewood being burned to the ground!

And, if you live in a neighborhood like the one I live in and you want to draw a crowd of your neighbors, you set a bon fire and your devilish neighbors will come out of the woodwork and visit your property even if they pass your house everyday and refuse to speak to you.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were three Jews that were known in Biblical days for being saved by divine intervention from Babylonian devils that tried to burn the young men alive by placing them in a fiery furnace.

It should be obvious by now that this column is about people who set fires with devilish intentions.

In the summer of 1968 hundreds and maybe thousands of American cities went up in flames after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Young Black men and some Black women were arrested and charged with setting fires at that time. But not all men arrested for starting fires were actually guilty of setting the blazes.

One Tallahassee, Florida man arrested in 1968 was charged with firebombing a North Florida store and killing an innocent man.

But in addition to being fire bugs, devils are also liars!

James Colbert was charged with murder for the fiery death of the son of the store owner whose building was set on fire that night after Dr. King’s murder.

Even though he professed his innocence from day one, Colbert, only 17 years old at the time, and another 15 year old boy was arrested and sent to prison for arson and first degree murder.

The jury that heard the case recommended mercy and Colbert was spared the death penalty but he did serve over three years in jail and was also stabbed by White racists while incarcerated.

In June 1971 the Florida Supreme Court overturned Colbert’s wrongful conviction and ordered a new trial based on civil and constitutional violations.

The Tallahassee Fire Chief at the time said his agency’s investigations revealed that the blaze was not started by a firebomb allegedly thrown through a window. The fire was started from the inside of the store and subsequent reports suggest that the store owner finally admitted that he started the fire that killed his son and the suspected reason was to try to get insurance money for the store by blaming Blacks in the aftermath of Dr. King’s death.

Don’t act so surprised. Even though many Black people were charged and arrested for arson nationwide in 1968, many of those fires were set by devils trying o get insurance payments.

As for James Colbert, he never got a formal apology, compensation or resolution from the Governor’s office for his false and wrongful arrest that sent him to prison for three years for a crime he did not commit.

Speaking about Florida Governor Tricky Ricky Scott, a few days ago Scott signed a bill (HB 227) that allowed a 78 year-old man to finally receive payment for years he wrongly served in prison after being falsely accused of murdering his seven children.

You tell me why Governor Scott won’t do the same or James Colbert!

Colbert needs a lawyer but he doesn’t have a lot of money. To raise money to finance his legal work, Colbert wants to publish a book about his story.  He also believes movie rights about his story would be very lucrative to people like Will Packer or Rob Hardy or Spike Lee or Tyler Perry or Ice Cube or Fifty Cents or Cash Money and others that produce films.

If you can help Mr. Colbert in any way hit me up and I’ll give you his address, phone number and other contact information.

So, next time there is a riot or a civil disturbance in an African American neighborhood don’t assume that it was started by wild and angry Black people because the devil loves hell fire and fires on earth!


By: Lucius Gantt

Mr. Gantt is the author of “Beast Too: Dead Man Writing”. He can be contacted at