BLM co-founder Alicia Garza target of white supremacist plot
The FBI informed Garza that they'd arrested an unnamed Idaho
In a Twitter post on Friday, Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, revealed she was visited by the FBI and told that her name. alongside others, was found on a list in the home of an Idaho man.
The FBI informed Garza that they’d arrested the unnamed Idaho man on weapons charges and believed he was working with white supremacist groups.
“This is why this president is so dangerous. He is stoking fires he has no intention of controlling,” Garza tweeted, referencing President Donald Trump’s many racist dog whistles to white hate groups. “I’m ok, y’all, but this shit is not ok. Vote this muthafucka out. For real,” she continued.
After the first presidential debate, Democrat presidential nominee, Joe Biden accused Trump of dog whistling, saying: “This is a president who has used everything as a dog whistle to try to generate racist hatred, racist division.”
When asked to denounce the Proud Boys, a far-right group that has engaged in violence and has supported white supremacist ideas, Trump said he’d tell them to “stand back and stand by.”
According to CBS News, shortly after the president’s comment, the Proud Boys began to use those words as a new slogan and the hashtag, #ProudBoysStandby began trending on Twitter.
Garza is based in Los Angeles, where incidents of hate crimes and white supremacist violence have escalated to their highest numbers in decades, according to the LA Times. Black people are the most frequent targets of this violence, despite making up only 9 percent of the population of Los Angeles.
Of the 524 hate crimes reported in the county last year, 343 were of a violent nature, the largest number in this category since 2008. Though the overall number of hate crimes was up only slightly from 523 the previous year, the increase continues a six-year upward trend.
Along with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometti, Garza founded Black Lives Matter in 2013.
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