A day after the sniper shooting that killed five police officers during a protest march in Dallas, an appeal has been crafted to the White House to admit BLM a terrorist group.
On July 6, 2016, a petition was signed by over 23,000 people, calling on the U.S Department of Defense to label Black Lives Matter as a terrorist organization. The appeal was made ahead of the Dallas shooting incident which killed five police officers and injured seven other officers during a BLM protest march.
An individual whose name is simply given as Y.S posted on the whitehouse.gov petition writing, “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.”
Looking at the FBI definition of terrorism, it says, “the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof in furtherance of political or social objectives.”
Contrary to the claim by the petitioners, the BLM movement does not affirm violence and largely condemns the Dallas shooting committed by the lone wolf. The group representatives damned the shooting incident in a message titled, “The Black Lives Matter Network advocates for dignity, justice, and respect”, published to the official website Friday.
More so, the Dallas police chief David Brown indicated that Johnson told negotiators during the confrontation that he “was not affiliated with any groups” and that “he did this alone”. Several news organizations have cited law enforcement sources as saying Johnson had neither a criminal record nor any direct ties to any terror organizations or political groups, including Black Lives Matter.
This brings out the obvious question, why can’t African-American Micah Johnson get the same lone treatment as Charleston shooter Dylan Roof? Why the need to necessarily link the thoughts and actions of individual Black American to a larger group?
Doing a critical analysis, how many people have died through the activities of BLM activists? And how many have died from the hands of the police? More than thousand people each year are killed by the police. Moreover, the rate at which black people are killed by the police is five times higher than any other race in the United States. And what we’re talking about here is the indiscriminate police killings, without a trial. Therefore, which of the above organizations deserves to be named a terrorist group? The conclusion is obvious; however, we must understand one fact: in the United States there is no justice. Moreover, the system assigns guilty those who in fact are victims.
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