The Black Lives Matter movement, facing a continued onslaught of opposition from conservative and reactionary forces in the United States, has more than 100,000 people wanting to classify it as a terrorist organization in a petition.
With the petition listed on the White House’s petition center, We the People, it will now likely be placed on a list of pending petitions that the administration must respond to within 60 days.
The author of the petition, who is only known as Y.S., created the petition a day after Alton Sterling was killed by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and on the same day that Philando Castile was shot at a traffic stop in St. Paul, Minnesota.
But the petition gained momentum after the Dallas shootings which left 5 polices officers dead. While Black Lives Matter, as well as Black organizations Johnson had supposedly been attempting to join, condemned the killings of the Dallas officers by the lone gunman, various conservative pundits and organizations are maintaining a dangerously misleading canard: that there is a war on police and that Black Lives Matter is responsible.
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick placed the blame for the attacks on the group, saying, as RT reported, “I do blame former Black Lives Matter protests.”
A number of public figures have also chimed in with the line of call stated in the petition. Controversial radio host Rush Limbaugh, speaking on his show, claimed that BLM are starting a "war on cops" across the United States, adding that U.S. President Barack Obama has "embraced the Black Lives Matter myth that there is a racist war by white officers against black civilians."
Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York, appeared on the CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday night to call Black Lives Matter "inherently racist" and "anti-American." He also trotted out the fake statistic that Black children have “a 99 percent chance” of killing each other.
The Blaze’s news host Tomi Lahred also tweeted that the movement is "the new KKK," which prompted instant backlash from people across the globe. A petition calling on Lahred to be fired from the news organisation has now reached 50,000 signatures.
Still, there is a high chance the petition may go unanswered, as many petitions sent to the White House often are.
Reynaldo Anderson, an associate professor of communications at Harris-Stowe State University, told St. Louis Today that comparing Black Lives Matter to a terrorist group is "not only unwarranted. It's not logical."
Beyond the fact that it is a social justice movement resisting against police brutality and racist state violence, as Black Lives Matter does not have a centralized command base, the chances of it being elevated to the levels of the Islamic State group, as the petition claims the group is, are pretty slim.
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