House Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee brought up an FBI report on the rise of black “extremists” during Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony this week before the House Judiciary Committee. Thanks to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee we are now receiving details on this report that reveal that attention needs to be drawn to this issue because something is clearly wrong here. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee‘s question to Sessions about this report can be seen in the footage below, which serves as a refresher.
Sheila Jackson Lee really getting at Jeff Sessions for any racist discrimination & inconsistencies he has bestowed to BLM & white supremacists pic.twitter.com/H4d45ZSXX7
— Andrew Jerell Jones (@sluggahjells) November 14, 2017
This new FBI report, a 12 page report issued in August, says “black identity extremists” committing violence are a growing trend in America. The obvious problem with this report is that it doesn’t click with anyone’s common sense; we haven’t heard anything about violent black extremist groups.
If there are dangerous black extremists group out there that the FBI is targeting, tell me why we haven’t heard of them? That’s right, because they don’t exist. The Right would
love to talk nonstop about such groups if they did exist. Just look at how they are reacting to Al Franken’s groping scandal, they want to be able to say, “yeah but so are you!”, over the growing number of racial extremist groups that have so far only been linked to neo-nazis and white supremacists.
This FBI report is concerning because it equates the growing neo-nazis and white supremacist groups with black movements such as Black Lives Matter, even though BLM has clearly been a group that peacefully protests. In fact, if you even try to research violence attributable to Black Lives Matter, this is the first thing you find;
“For starters, I don’t think Black Lives Matter belongs in the online conversation about whether Americans should be denouncing violence “on all sides.” The movement’s end of stopping unjust police killings is laudable; and its leaders and the vast majority of its members openly favor nonviolent means.” from the Atlantic.
The greatest concern about this FBI report is that it seems like a return to practices used during the civil rights movement, where law enforcement spied on black activist groups without any evidence they had broken any laws.
It’s no coincidence that these practices seem to be returning at a time when the Justice Department is led by Jeff Sessions, who has a highly questionable past related to racial issues, and someone like clear racist Roy Moore (proof) stands a chance at becoming a Senator.
Also, I’ve seen some people say that Sessions’ testimony was a pointless waste of tax dollars. Although that’s one way to look at it, I see it different. The testimony was a chance for representatives like Sheila Jackson Lee to bring attention to these issues in the mind of the Attorney General. She knew Sessions wasn’t going to give her the answers she wanted, but she drew his attention to the issue, as well as the public’s. Now we can have a discussion about this.
Why is the FBI seeing black activist groups as warranting the same resources as white supremacist groups? Why does this report even exist when we have seen open white supremacist and neo-nazi groups like in Charlottesville, but we haven’t heard anything about black extremist groups?