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A new anti-Black acronym has popped up on conservative media — and Breitbart didn’t invent it; the FBI did: Black Identity Extremism.
Here is a link to the FBI document. Given the fact that there are no nonwhite people in FBI leadership, and that Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III had to admit to Rep. Richmond, “I do not have a senior staff member at this time that’s an African American,” it’s understandable that this document reads like fiction. It reaches back into decades-old stories and concocts a threat that simply isn’t supported by facts.
Have you ever heard of the Indian fable of the blind travelers and the elephant? Six blind travelers describe an elephant from the perspective of each feeling a different part of one. Each traveler has a correct description of the part that they felt, but none of them were able to describe an elephant accurately.
What the white men in the Department of Justice and the FBI can describe from direct knowledge are other white men. That leads us to a place where we have two white male mass murderers inside of five weeks, both using the same kind of assault rifle, and no FBI warning of any kind. No talk of White Identity Extremism, even in the immediate aftermath of Nazis marching in Charlottesville.
In fact, our befuddled attorney general had to be prompted — twice — by Rep. Karen Bass to recall White Identity Extremist organizations like the Ku Klux Klan. And he admitted that “I am not aware of that” when asked if the FBI had done a report on such White Identity Extremists. You should watch this video.
Let’s think about Black Identity Extremism and White Identity Extremism. BIE seeks equity in criminal justice and raises awareness in peaceful protest (like football players taking a knee); WIE seeks a return to pre-Civil War conditions of white supremacy.
WIE has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans and cultivates loners like Dylann Roof to carry out its murderous extremism. BIE seeks a fair shake in employment, compensation, voting and access to capital.
The FBI report is a disgrace. Our attorney general is a disgrace. The president and his nearly all white male administration is a disgrace. Roy Moore is a disgrace. They are all linked together and that is a WIE disgrace.