In this episode of Lessons from the Screen we will be looking at this document and its potential impact on the community as well as things that we can learn. Amid a growing surge of Black Power Movements and the continued push of Civil Rights Organizations pushing both of which along with the regular black population continue to clash with the police all over the nation, this document, what it represents, and what it actually says has to be looked at.
On August 3, 2017 a FBI document was published that was recently unclassified that detailed a "new" threat to police officers here in America, that new threat was designated Black Identity Extremist and with its ambiguity and vagueness it gives police officers a new reason to harass Black People. The full title of the document is "Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement officers" and it uses 6 examples of recent incidents as the bases for its necessity and creation. It combines several different schools of thought within Black Empowerment Philosophy into one virtually indiscernible mess while mixing in what could be legitimate threats with cultural pride to arrive at a document that literally spends a portion of time describing Black Identity Extremist and then stating that people under this umbrella may not be Black identity Extremist.