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White House Responds to Petition Requesting 'Black Lives Matter' Be Labeled a Terror Group


"Black Lives Matter has earned this title."

A women holds up a placard with the slogan "Black Lives Matter" as people gather in Brixton, south London to protest against police brutality in the US, on July 9, 2016, after two recent incidents where black men have been shot and killed by police officers. (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

The White House has officially responded to an online petition requesting the "Black Lives Matter" movement be labeled a terror group, saying it "plays no role in designating domestic terror organizations."

Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

The petition was originally created on July 6, the same day a gunman in Dallas opened fire on police, leaving five officers dead. In order for a petition to receive a response from the White House, it must receive at least 100,000 signatures. The petition currently boasts more than 140,000 signatures.

The petition reads as follows:

Terrorism is defined as "the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims". This definition is the same definition used to declare ISIS and other groups, as terrorist organizations. Black Lives Matter 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 response, the White House quoted extensively from President Barack Obama, encouraging "frank conversations about the steps we can take together to build trust and ensure justice for all Americans." Speaking at the memorial service in Dallas, the president called on all Americans to "stand in each other’s shoes and look at the world through each other’s eyes."

Ultimately, the petition's response from the White House said the government "does not generate a list of domestic terror organizations."

"Therefore we are not able to address the formal request of your petition," the response reads. "We encourage you to engage with your community in the ongoing discussion of how we can better build trust and safety in our communities."

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