A petition to designate the Black Lives Matter movement as a terrorist group has received over 141,421 signatures as of Saturday, July 16, 2016. The author of the petition, known only as Y.S., created the petition only a day after the killing of Alton Sterling by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and on the same day that Philando Castile was shot during a traffic stop in a the suburbs of Minnesota.
The petition reads:
“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.”
Petitions, which garner over 100,000 signatures within 30 days, are promised to receive a response from the White House administration 60 days after. Yet it only took the White House administration 10 days to respond to the petition, which in part reads:
“In the wake of the tragic recent events in Dallas, Falcon Heights, and Baton Rouge, the President brought together law enforcement officials, civil rights leaders, activists, faith leaders, academics, and state and local elected officials this week to encourage frank conversations about the steps we can take together to build trust and ensure justice for all Americans. As part of these conversations, the President directly addressed the concern that the “Black Lives Matter” slogan, social media movement, and the associated protests are somehow inherently anti-police”
To read the entire response from the White House administration please click here.
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