From the days of COINTELPRO—the targeting of black human rights leaders and sowing dissent within the ranks of black organizations committed to freedom and liberation for black people—to its unofficial subsidiaries like the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, whose sole purpose was to violently oppress black communities, the FBI has often operated as a terrorist group out to destroy black communities in the United States.
It should come as no surprise, then, that this white supremacist organ, which has targeted the Movement for Black Lives since its inception, recently had the audacity to create the term “black identity extremists.” The FBI-created myth of the black identity extremist was discovered in a leaked Aug. 3 report obtained by Foreign Policy:
For those who aren’t aware, according to the FBI, BIEs are motivated by “perceived” cases of police brutality and a violent ideology that endangers the lives of upstanding law-enforcement officers around the country. Moreover, the FBI has “high confidence” in these assessments because its own investigations—and those of police departments—confirm them.
If that sounds like bullshit, it’s because it is.
Social-justice educator janaya khan—a black queer, gender-nonconforming activist currently serving as international ambassador for the Black Lives Matter Network—created a three-minute video that dismantles the lies the FBI so shamelessly reported.
“Black identity extremism is the FBI’s latest tactic to criminalize black activists and justify increased police presence in black communities,” khan narrates.
“Right-wing extremism leads to far more police deaths than what the report sites. This year alone, 168 black people have been killed by police,” khan continues. “In fact, white supremacists and right-wing extremism are responsible for 73 percent of deadly U.S. domestic-terror attacks since 2001 and have killed more than two-thirds of police officers compared to their left-wing counterparts.
“Despite these stats, police officers kill black people two-and-a-half times more than they kill white people and kill unarmed black people at five times the rate as they kill unarmed white people,” khan adds.
These are facts.
We’re still waiting on the FBI’s report on state-sanctioned white supremacist attacks against black people carried out by killers wearing badges.