With all the mass shootings and killings at the hands of white supremacists, one might think the feds would be focused on them - but they’re not. The contrived problem known as “Black Identity Extremism” (BIE) remains on their to-do list. Why? That’s the scary part.
The FBI’s BIE label was exposed via an internal report from 2017. Newsweek reported on “2018-19 ‘Threat Guidance’ documents” that made it clear “Under the Trump administration, they're considered a bigger threat than terror groups such as Al Qaeda.”
What exactly classifies a BIE? Well, the feds claim wanting a “separate black homeland or autonomous black social institutions, communities or governing organizations within the USA” is extreme enough. And the way the FBI plans to deal with this is pretty upsetting.
Just like they have before, it’s the FBI’s intention to use infiltration techniques and undercover work reminiscent of COINTELPRO. That’s the program that targeted and murdered many of the leaders of the past we respect today. And clearly we’re still facing this sort of state violence.
One of the hardest things about being Black is that we’re always viewed as a threat. Federal authorities have taken that to a national level and institutionalized it. We have to remain steadfast in our dedication to fighting injustice - because it’s a new term, but old tactics to scare us.