A controversial petition has been gaining steam on the internet. It’s a White House petition designed to “formally recognize Black Lives Matter as a terrorist organization.”
“Terrorism is defined as ‘the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims,’” the petition reads. “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.”
The petition needed to reach 100,000 signatures in order to get a response from the White House. It surpassed that number Monday and now has over 122,000 signatures.
Because it reached the number of signatures, the White House is obligated to respond. However, the administration tends to respond on its own time and terms.
Despite promising to answer any petition that meets the 100,000 threshold, “We The People” has attracted criticism due to the administration’s tendency to leave petitions that meet the threshold unanswered for months, and sometimes years.
In 2013 The Washington Post published a list of 30 petitions that had been left unanswered by Obama’s White House despite meeting the signature threshold. High-profile petitions calling on the administration to pardon NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and officially deem the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization went unanswered for over a year, and in April 2014 someone even launched a petition calling on the White House to actually answer their petitions.
Expect the White House to take their sweet time responding to this one.