(The Guardian) -- Right now in the United States, there is the threat (and actuality) of racial identity extremism leading to extreme violence. But it is not coming from the so-called “black identity extremists”, an absurd made-up term Trump’s FBI has created to whip up hysteria about black people.
The FBI claims to be worried that “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.” This is just hyperbolic speculation from the US government meant to undermine the movement – just as the FBI tried to undermine Martin Luther King and the Black Panthers decades ago.
The real threat of racial extremism is coming from the White Identity Extremist-in-Chief in the White House – and his name is Donald Trump.
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The so-called “black identity extremists” are no threat to democracy. Like the Panthers, MLK, Malcolm X, Fannie Lou Hamer, and so many other black people in the mid-20th century, the brave Black Lives Matter organizers and street protesters in St Louis, Baltimore and elsewhere being called “black identity extremists” are being unfairly maligned.