Raise your hand if you identify as a “black identity extremist.” Matter of fact, raise your hand if you’ve ever even heard of the term “black identity extremist.”
According to a new report from Foreign Policy magazine, this is the dangerous, racially motivated movement the FBI counterterrorism unit warned about in a report back in August. The FBI report was released on Aug. 3—just nine days before a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., turned deadly.
From Foreign Policy:
The August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, was the catalyst for widespread anger and violence, the FBI report says, concluding that continued “alleged” police abuses have fueled more violence.
“The FBI assesses it is very likely incidents of alleged police abuse against African Americans since then have continued to feed the resurgence in ideologically motivated, violent criminal activity within the BIE movement,” the report states.
Right. Because the response to Michael Brown’s death was the first instance of black people voicing outrage about police brutality.
That’s 748 lives in less than 10 months, nearly a quarter of them black.
Meanwhile, the report lists six total acts of premeditated violence against officers, including the shooting death of Dallas police officers at a BLM rally in July 2016. The shooter, Micah Johnson, wasn’t affiliated with BLM but was reportedly “influenced by BIE ideology,” based on his journals and statements to police, according to the FBI report.
Earlier this year, The Intercept reported that the FBI began investigating white supremacist infiltration of law enforcement in 2015. That classified document was crafted, notably, under the Obama administration, and warned of white supremacists’ “historical” interest in “infiltrating law enforcement communities or recruiting law enforcement personnel.”
According to Foreign Policy,this new guidance has raised eyebrows among the intelligence community, with one former official expressing shock at the report’s contents.
“This is a new umbrella designation that has no basis,” the former official told FP. “There are civil rights and privacy issues all over this.”
Read more at Foreign Policy.