In the wake of all the violent protests, riots and police killings across the country, a petition (with over 140,000 signatures in 10 days) asking for the Black Lives Matter organization to be recognized as a terrorist group was submitted to President Obama.
The request was denied.
The response from the White House said, “The White House plays no role in designating domestic terror organizations. The U.S. government does not generate a list of domestic terror organizations, and therefore we are not able to address the formal request of your petition. We encourage you to engage with your community in the ongoing discussion of how we can better build trust and safety in our communities.”
That response if quite different from the way the White House responded to a petition in June 2015, (with 109,000 signatures) asking for the Klu Klux Klan to be designated a domestic terrorist organization:
“The U.S. government has long identified white supremacy extremists among the domestic terrorism threats confronting our nation, and the existence of such groups represents a continued threat to the ideals of our nation. That’s why the federal government doesn’t hesitate to investigate and take appropriate action when there is an indication that white supremacists or white supremacist groups threaten or use force, or engage in other illegal activities. Indeed, although simply believing in white supremacy or belonging to a white supremacist group—while abhorrent—is not a crime, the federal government has successfully charged white supremacists over the years using many federal statutes, including those prohibiting civil rights violations and solicitation to commit crimes of violence. The federal government also works closely with local and state law enforcement and community-based organizations to identify, investigate, and prosecute hate-fueled violence. We take this type of criminal activity very seriously.”
In a public statement Sunday, Obama responded to the Baton Rouge police murders, saying “we don’t know the motive yet.”
“Everyone should focus on words and actions that can unite this country rather than divide It further. We don’t inflammatory rhetoric. We don’t need careless accusations thrown around to score political points or to advance an agenda,” Obama said.
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