Harvard Radcliffe Institute: Black Lives Matter Protesters Were Overwhelmingly Peaceful, Our Research Finds
Meet the Riot Squad: Right-Wing Reporters Whose Viral Videos Are Used to Smear BLM In the year since George Floydâ€™s murder, conservative news outlets have endlessly hyped distorted stories about violence at Black Lives Matter protests. Key videos they used come from a tight-knit group of eight young journalists.
NPR: Minneapolis Police Reportedly Identify Viral ‘Umbrella Man’ As White Supremacist “Police say the masked, umbrella-wielding man who smashed windows at a Minneapolis auto parts store two days after George Floyd’s death has ties to a white supremacist group and specifically sought to inflame racial tensions.”
Patriots Coalition members suggested political assassinations and said â€˜laws will be broken, people will get hurtâ€™, leaked chats show
Leaked chat logs from an Oregon right-wing militia group detail membersâ€™ discussions about stockpiling arms and ammunition, strategizing about how to spark violence at protests, and even advocating for attacking Democratic politicians. One of the groupâ€™s most outspoken members advised the others to ignore weapons statutes and encouraged them to bring bats, mace, and stun guns to protests. Another member told group members not to freeze paintballs for maximum damage, but rather to invest in â€œglass breaker balls that are rubber coated metal.â€ And yet another member advocated for â€œtaking care of the justice ourselvesâ€ by going after â€œour DA and then move on to the governor.â€
Meanwhile, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf testified to senators yesterday that white supremacist extremists pose the â€œmost persistent and lethal threatâ€ when it comes to domestic terrorism. Make no mistake: Trump is fueling the rise in right-wing extremism and political violence. The real threat to law and order is not Black Lives Matter protesters taking to the streets to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, as Trump claims â€” itâ€™s the far-right militia members and vigilantes he is actively encouraging.<