Friday, October 6, 2017

The FBI is Worried About "Black Identity Extremists," Not Nazis

[TRIGGER WARNING: MENTION OF MURDER, MASS SHOOTING, BOMBING, ANTI-BLACK RACISM, ANTI-SEMITISM]

The FBI has apparently been referencing something they call "Black Identity Extremists" in reports as a domestic terrorism threat. There doesn't appear to have been any reference to White Identity Extremists. You know, the ones marching down upon black churches with torches chanting nazi  slogans and "Jews will not replace us."

The FBI’s New U.S. Terrorist Threat: ‘Black Identity Extremists’

Amid a rancorous debate over whether the Trump administration has downplayed the threat posed by white supremacist groups, the FBI’s counterterrorism division has declared that black identity extremists pose a growing threat of premeditated violence against law enforcement. 
“The FBI assesses it is very likely Black Identity Extremist (BIE) perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such violence,” reads the report, marked for official use only and obtained by Foreign Policy.

The first of these reports came out days after the Charlottesville horror story. This article comes out days after yet another white man murdered over 50 people in a mass shooting and is still being called a "lone wolf."

This is bullshit, but it's also very alarming. Every time the FBI has identified black people as a threat, they've killed black people. From the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the bombings of black neighborhoods. I want black people to be able to organize and protect themselves from the clear threat of us white people but I'm also terrified for them. There's no doubt that the FBI is an arm of our white supremacist society and it has brutally crushed past attempts of black people to rise up and demand their humanity.

I wish I could do something to protect them. I hate the racist fucking FBI. I need to get consistent employment so I can donate regularly. I'll keep going to BLM rallies to put my body between them and the police. But I'm still so scared for so many of the wonderful black activists who have taught me so much and put their safety at risk already to stand up and fight.

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