Petition Calls For President Barack Obama To Recognize The Black Lives Matter Movement As A Terrorist Group

Patrick Frye

A petition was made on July 6 by a user going by the initials Y.S. to formally recognize the Black Lives Matter movement as a terrorist organization. Needless to say, many Black Americans are not happy about the petition, and it has been reportedly called an insult to millions of Black Americans who suffered under domestic terrorism.

"Terrorism 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."

Nevertheless, many in the Black Lives Matter community are standing up, expressing their disdain for Micah Xavier Johnson's actions. Representatives of the movement provided a statement on the matter while trying to distance the movement itself away from Johnson's actions.

"In the last few days, this country witnessed the recorded murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police, the latest victims in this country's failed policing system. As we have done for decades, we marched and protested to highlight the urgent need to transform policing in America, to call for justice, transparency and accountability, and to demand that Black Lives Matter.

"In Dallas, many gathered to do the same, joining in a day of action with friends, family, and co-workers. Their efforts were cut short when a lone gunman targeted and attacked 11 police officers, killing five. This is a tragedy—both for those who have been impacted by yesterday's attack and for our democracy. There are some who would use these events to stifle a movement for change and quicken the demise of a vibrant discourse on the human rights of Black Americans. We should reject all of this.

"Black activists have raised the call for an end to violence, not an escalation of it. Yesterday's attack was the result of the actions of a lone gunman. To assign the actions of one person to an entire movement is dangerous and irresponsible. We continue our efforts to bring about a better world for all of us."

"In Dallas, many gathered to do the same, joining in a day of action with friends, family, and co-workers. Their efforts were cut short when a lone gunman targeted and attacked 11 police officers, killing five. This is a tragedy—both for those who have been impacted by yesterday's attack and for our democracy. There are some who would use these events to stifle a movement for change and quicken the demise of a vibrant discourse on the human rights of Black Americans. We should reject all of this.

"Black activists have raised the call for an end to violence, not an escalation of it. Yesterday's attack was the result of the actions of a lone gunman. To assign the actions of one person to an entire movement is dangerous and irresponsible. We continue our efforts to bring about a better world for all of us."

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