The petition to “formally recognize Black Lives Matter as a terrorist organization” was created the day before the mass shooting of police officers in Dallas, Texas that left five dead.
Although those responsible for the recent cop killings have claimed not to be a part of any group such as Black Lives Matter, the shootings have caused many to be concerned about the inflammatory rhetoric the group uses that may be inciting others to violence. Also, judging by many social media posts by self-professed BLM supporters, it seems the group feels a bit of vindication in these vengeful slayings of police officers.
[T]errorism is defined as “the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims”. This definition is the same definition used to declare ISIS and other groups, as terrorist organizations. Black Lives Matter has earned this title due to its actions in Ferguson, Baltimore, and even at a Bernie Sanders rally, as well as all over the United States and Canada. It is time for the pentagon to be consistent in its actions – and just as they rightfully declared ISIS a terror group, they must declare Black Lives Matter a terror group – on the grounds of principle, integrity, morality, and safety.
The rule is that the White House has to respond if a petition garners at least 100,000 signatures within 30 days. So far, they’re gathered over 144,000, and the petition was posted on July 6th. So, the White House responded.
Most of its response was comprised of excerpts from Obama’s speeches on Black Lives Matter and officer-involved shootings:
“I know that there are some who have criticized even the phrase ‘black lives matter,’ as if the notion is, is that other lives don’t matter. And so you get ‘all lives matter’ or ‘blue lives matter.’ I understand the point they’re trying to make. I think it’s important for us to also understand that the phrase ‘black lives matter’ simply refers to the notion that there’s a specific vulnerability for African Americans that needs to be addressed. It’s not meant to suggest that other lives don’t matter. It’s to suggest that other folks aren’t experiencing this particular vulnerability.
“And so we shouldn’t get too caught up in this notion that somehow people who are asking for fair treatment are somehow, automatically, anti-police, are trying to only look out for black lives as opposed to others. I think we have to be careful about playing that game, just because that’s not obviously what is intended.”
“With an open heart, police departments will acknowledge that, just like the rest of us, they are not perfect; that insisting we do better to root out racial bias is not an attack on cops, but an effort to live up to our highest ideals. And I understand these protests — I see them, they can be messy. Sometimes they can be hijacked by an irresponsible few. Police can get hurt. Protestors can get hurt. They can be frustrating.”
But their response concluded by saying they couldn’t do anything:
The White House plays no role in designating domestic terror organizations. The U.S. government does not generate a list of domestic terror organizations, and therefore we are not able to address the formal request of your petition. We encourage you to engage with your community in the ongoing discussion of how we can better build trust and safety in our communities.
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