As you may have heard, earlier this month a petition was filed with the White House’s “We the People” platform requesting that Black Lives Matter be recognized as a terrorist organization.
In case you need a few quick reminders on some of the Black Lives Matter tactics and why so many suggest they should be labeled as terrorists, here are a few photos:
After the petition received 141,425 signatures in less than two weeks, the White House responded. And, #ShockingNotShocking, its response read more like a defense of the organization rather than an acknowledgement of its wrongdoings.
“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.” Umm, actually, being anti-police is central to the organization’s mission, policy and tactics, as WZ points out:
Yes, being anti-police is exactly what Black Lives Matter intend. We could talk about the 8 police officers that Black Lives Matter supporters have actually killed, including the two officers assasinated in NYC, one in Kentucky, and the five in Dallas. We could talk about the dozens of assaults on police, including those just this past weekend, where 21 officers were injured by BLM attackers, one who threw a molotov coctail and another who dropped a concrete block on an officer’s head in St. Paul, Minnesota.
But just as a matter of policy, BLM and many of their subsidiary organizations actually call for defunding, disarming and disbanding with police, so yes, you can’t get a more ‘anti-police’ organization. It is a functional part of their demands.
But, perhaps just like the White House claims the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam, the White House wants us to buy the bovine excrement that Black Lives Matter is not anti-police — despite its stated anti-police policies and tactics [see above].
The White House response further quoted from President Obama’s now-infamous-for-its-despicableness words at the so-called memorial for the five slain Dallas police officers:
“But even those who dislike the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter,’ surely we should be able to hear the pain of Alton Sterling’s family … and know that his life mattered to a whole lot of people of all races, of all ages, and that we have to do what we can, without putting officers’ lives at risk, but do better to prevent another life like his from being lost.
“With an open heart, we can worry less about which side has been wronged, and worry more about joining sides to do right. Because the vicious killer of these police officers, they won’t be the last person who tries to make us turn on one other. The killer in Orlando wasn’t, nor was the killer in Charleston. We know there is evil in this world. That’s why we need police departments. But as Americans, we can decide that people like this killer will ultimately fail. They will not drive us apart. We can decide to come together and make our country reflect the good inside us, the hopes and simple dreams we share.”
And here’s the kicker: the White House’s excuse for not taking action against an organization they not only condone but openly support:
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.
So suddenly, Mr. I-can-do-whatever-I-want-through-executive-order seems to have lost his pen and his phone? Never mind that the FBI — which, last I checked, actually reported into the president — freely discusses the threat of domestic terrorism from “right-wing extremism,” while our Department of Homeland Security has its own program for “Countering Violent Extremism,” which indeed includes domestic terrorists and homegrown violent extremists. Even if they may not have a formal designation as they do for foreign terror organizations, the White House claim of “we don’t have a role in that” is one big-time, blatant cop-out.
Its response just confirmed what we already know, which is that under the Obama administration, Black Lives Matter qualifies as state-sponsored terrorism.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]