Should Black Lives Matter be considered a terrorist organization?
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The acts of violence you cite are terrible, yes, but they are not acts perpetrated by the BLM movement itself. Acts of violence committed by individual 'bad eggs' do not flip the entire Black Lives Matter movement into a terrorist organization.
What about the vast majority of protesters who have marched all over this country while committing no violence? Are they to be painted with the same brush as a few bad actors? It's disingenuous not to distinguish between the acts of individual actors and the aims and methods of an entire movement.
In the tradition of Dr. King, BLM advocates for non-violent protests. Nowhere will you find a BLM manifesto or charter that advocates for violence against police. Further, nowhere will you find a leader within the movement who advocates for violence. Individuals? Well yes, perhaps - but the actions of a few individuals who are loosely affiliated with a broad movement cannot be held up as representing the entire movement.
Black Lives Matter is made up of a wide coalition of citizens, a small minority of whom have acted out violently. Those actions by no means make the entire movement into a terrorist organization - a term that implies coordinated aims and methods. Rather, it would be more accurate to characterize BLM as a decentralized protest movement - a banner which any individual, in any location is free to raise. It just so happens that a small minority of the people raising that banner have acted-out violently. But the actions of the few should not color the aims of the many.
I understand and agree with the fact that a few bad apples in the bunch does not make the entire bunch a bad group. However, there are not a few bad apples. There are many. 75-100 protesters associated with the Black Lives Matter organization, directly assaulting the police officers, is in my eyes, a terrorist attack. When there are three different shootings committed by Black Lives Matter supporters, which were intended to KILL police officers, I think it is safe to call each and every one of those shootings, terrorist attacks, committed by the Black Lives Matter organization. Black Lives Matter directly links a shooting where a white man shoots a black man with racism, no matter the contradicting evidence. They are protesting the police more than they are protesting unequal treatment towards African-Americans. These protests inspire these terrorist attacks, which I believe then makes it appropriate to call Black Lives Matter a terrorist organization. Again, terrorism is defined as "the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims". Thank you for debating me. Good luck..
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