Nothing says we-mean-business like an old fashioned petition. They don’t do anything except prove that someone had the gumption to go knock on doors and stand behind their convictions. But the White House petitions still carry their weight, and one of the latest asks our federal government to declare the Black Lives Matter movement a terrorist organization–and it reached 100,000 signatures very fast.
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The petition reached its one-hundred-thousand mark with a signature Monday afternoon. Now the administration has to respond. That’s how this works. If enough people take it seriously, the President is supposed to weigh in, formally. That goes on his record, and it isn’t something to be taken lightly.
The petition was created on Wednesday, July 6. Its creation had nothing to do with any of the events in Dallas. Instead, its impetus had more to do with the response to the police shootings earlier that week. The response was during those first two days was a bit lethargic. It had only 12,000 signatures.
But, as you can imagine, things were different after the evens Thursday in Dallas.
“Terrorism is defined as the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims,” wrote the author of the petition. “This definition is the same definition used to declare ISIS and other groups, as terrorist organizations.”
After the violence in Dallas, the petition was picked up by many more news outlets. More people began talking about Black Lives Matter. Violence and civil unrest spread to protests that were supposed to have been peaceful gatherings.
Micah Johnson, the man who shot all of the cops in Dallas, was reportedly upset with the Black Lives Matter movement’s direction. He wanted more action in their protests. Though authorities are saying he was a lone-wolf, there are many who don’t believe he acted alone.
Regardless, the signatures are in. The White House will have to acknowledge the petition. This could get complicated.