St. Louis, Missouri – The St. Louis Police Department is investigating a report that one of its officers posted a meme on Facebook that called Black Lives Matter protesters “domestic terrorists.”
The Facebook meme reads: “THE KLAN WITH A TAN” on top with a photo of a Black Lives Matter march with a BLM sign prominently displayed. The bottom text of the meme reads: “DOMESTIC TERRORISTS”
Lisa Clancy participated in the protests in St. Louis after former-officer Jason Stockley was found not-guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Anthony Smith.
Clancy said she saw the comment and then looked at the profile of the person who posted it, according to the Belleville News-Democrat. She said that the man listed himself as working at the St. Louis Police Department.
The police department confirmed they are investigating and that it was an officer who was involved. What's less clear is what policy the officer violated.
While many many view the "domestic terrorists" part as hyperbolic, the have a history of inciting violence.
In a December 14, 2014 march in New York City, the group chanted, "What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? Now!" One week later, Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley assassinated NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafel Ramos as revenge for perceived police attacks on black males.
July 7, 2016, Micah Xavier Johnson was motivated by Black Lives Matter's anti-police messaging when he assassinated Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens, Officer Michael Krol, Sgt. Michael Smith, Officer Brent Thompson, and Officer Patricio "Patrick" Zamarripa during a Black Lives Matter march in Dallas.
July 17, 2016, Gavin Eugene Long was motivated by Black Lives Matter's message of police crimes against black men when he assassinated Deputy Brad Garafola, Officer Matthew Gerald, and Corporal Montrell Jackson in Baton Rouge.
There have been countless more attacks on police that were inspired by Black Lives Matter's rhetoric, although fewer officers were killed in those attacks.
A White House petition was started requesting that Black Lives Matter be branded a “terrorist” entity in 2016. The online petition garnered more than 140,000 signatures in two weeks. Then-President Barack Obama refused to recognize Black Lives Matter as a terrorist group.
Black Lives Matter leaders are named in multiple lawsuit from the families of officers who were killed or injured in Black Lives Matter rioting and the domestic terrorist attacks.
Despite this, most of the people attracted to supporting Black Lives Matter are not directly involved in domestic terrorism and don't support it. Instead most of their supporters have their own individual belief of what Black Lives Matter is. They think that their personal definition for Black Lives Matter is what the organized BLM groups stand for; this is not the case.
Black Lives Matter is made up of political organizations with political goals that most people would disagree with, including disrupting the “nuclear family” structure (see Black Villages), taxpayer-funded reparations for black people (see Reparations), and the elimination of charter schools (see Invest-Divest.) If you are unfamiliar with the Movement 4 Black Lives website we linked to, that’s the coalition of over 50 Black Lives Matter organizations which is receiving $100 million in donations to push their political goals.
The group promotes a message of hate against law enforcement with the idea that officers are targeting black males to be killed. They then collect resources from this attention in order to push their political agenda, none of which has anything to do with police violence against black males.
The oblivious Black Lives Matter supporters allow for cover for the extremists and the group's actual political goals.
Do you think that this meme is inappropriate to post? If not, feel free to share.