The appeal was created on July 6 garnered a total of 141,444 signatures more than the required 100,000.
The appeal which likened the movement to ISIS also stated that the “Black Lives Matter Movement 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. It is time for the Pentagon to be consistent in its actions — and just as they rightfully declared ISIS a terror group, they must declare Black Lives Matter a terror group — on the grounds of principle, integrity, morality, and safety.”
In its response, the “We the People” team noted that the White House doesn’t have a hand in designating domestic terror groups, nor does the federal government “generate a list of domestic terror organizations.”
“Therefore, we are not able to address the formal request of your petition.” “We encourage you to engage with your community in the ongoing discussion of how we can better build trust and safety in our communities.” the response stated.
Black Lives Matter started as a social media hashtag in response to the deaths of Trayvon Martin and 18-year-old Michael Brown and has since grown into a nationwide movement denouncing police brutality.
The White House response urged petition signers to consider President Barack Obama’s words about the organization before quickly labelling it a terrorist group.
As anti-Black Lives Matter advocates continue their push to label the group a terrorist organization, critics of the initiative can’t help but notice that actual hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan have yet to be labelled as terrorists.
According to data collected on lynching compiled by Tuskegee University’s Records and Research Division, the KKK lynched at least 3,446 Black people between 1882 and 1968.
Just last year, the White House also responded to a petition calling for the hate group to be formally recognized as a terrorist group. That petition received 109,568 signatures.
“The U.S. government has long identified white supremacy extremists among the domestic terrorism threats confronting our nation, and the existence of such groups represents a continued threat to the ideals of our nation,” the White House response read.