White House Rejects Online Petition Categorizing Black Lives Matter A “Terrorist” Group
On July 6th, a petition was created on the White House website, comparing the movement to a terrorist group, similar to ISIS. Labeling the petition, We The People, Y.S., the creator, was able to gather the signature of over 100,000 people around the world, who agreed with her take on the Black Lives Matter movement.
Y.S. and her team started the petition by defining terrorism as “the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims.” They linked the definition to the way Black Lives Matter activists handled police brutality, following the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Freddie Gray in Baltimore, their behavior at Bernie Sanders’ political rallies, and all over North America as a whole.
“Terrorism is defined as ‘the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims,’” said the petition. “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.”
“We The People” were hoping to justify the actions of Black Lives Matter advocates by placing them in the same category as terrorist groups, but President Obama served one up on them, stating the community’s movement being rooted in hopes of social equality, building trust, and justice are not of equal stance to terrorist organizations.
POTUS understands the protestors’ concerns about the movement, but he’s informing them to look at the bigger picture and to put themselves in each others’ shoes. Situations of injustice are occurring around the world and the movement is set to put these issues on the forefront in hopes of peace and equality, not to say that one race is better than the next or to come after other ethnic groups. – READ MORE