There have long been petitions in circulation calling on the White House and the FBI to classify Black Lives Matter as a terrorist organization and for good reason. What else do you call a group who marches down a highway calling for the slaughter of police officers?
The document uses the phrase ‘black identity extremists’–the first known time this phrase has been used–to name a very serious threat to our national security and the lives of our law enforcement officials.
The FBI gives the warning that the escalating violence against civilians, private property, and police officers that has spiked over the last few years will most likely continue to rise.
“It is very likely that BIEs’ perceptions of unjust treatment of African-Americans and the perceived unchallenged illegitimate actions of law enforcement will inspire premeditated attacks against law enforcement over the next year,” they write. “It is very likely additional controversial police shootings of African-Americans and the associated legal proceedings will continue to serve as drivers for violence against law enforcement.”
This, of course, went right to Black Lives Matter’s head, reinforcing their fantasy that they are victims of a system that is unfailingly biased against African Americans.
“We knew that we were likely being watched,” said DeRay Mckesson, a prominent BLM activist. “This is confirmation that the work of social justice continues to threaten those in power.”
This is the chilling part of all this. These groups have risen to prominence under the impression they have, often fuled by left-leaning, sensationalistic media outlets, that every time a police officer gets off for shooting an unarmed (or even armed) black man, it proves once and for all that systemic racism is alive and well. Never mind that in the majority of these cases, the police officer gets off because he had good reason to fire upon the suspect.
As a result of their anger, massive protests take place, and quickly escalate to violent, destructive riots. Sadly, in the case of five Dallas police officers in 2016, this violence has already taken lives.
This warning from the FBI is not discriminatory, says Scott Walter, as it is not the views of the groups that are under attack, but the actions they often inspire.
“We have to be able to distinguish between free speech and violence,” he says. “[Many] longtime [black] activist groups were not obsessed with violence.”
Randy Sutton, the national spokesman for Blue Lives Matter, agrees.
“Nobody is saying anything negative about protests,” Sutton said, “Protesting is everyone’s right. This is about commiting acts of violence. Many Black Lives Matter protests call for violence against police, with chants like ‘What do we want?’ and ‘Dead cops!’ It’s terrorism, and it’s no different than Islamic terrorism.”
The violent rhetoric and constant accusations of racism is negatively impacting the way police officers are able to do their jobs, Sutton warns.
“Police are not being as aggressive because of the political climate,” he says. “There’s been a dramatic decrease in proactive policing.”
For law enforcement officials to sacrifice safety for the sake of political correctness is exactly what these black extremist groups want! We cannot allow their violent, harmful rhetoric to continue to cost police officers their lives.
Good on the FBI for calling a spade a spade!