Police have been tight-lipped about exactly what they’re investigating and what they’ve uncovered so far. Micah Johnson was connected to several militant groups on social media. It’s unclear if he was merely a follower or a more active participant.
Similar questions have been raised by international terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State group: How is the network encouraging and directing attacks? Is it a coordinated effort or are the attacks simply a byproduct of the hate speech the groups espouse on social media?
Ryan Lenz, online editor and senior writer at the Southern Poverty Law Center, said the number of black separatist groups nearly doubled in 2015. It mirrored a similar increase among white hate groups that has taken place as police killings make frequent headlines.
Are they directing, or are they influencing? That is the big question. But the repeated calls for violence, to combat violence, is definitely the mantra.
“In the last couple of years, we’ve seen this violence become an ever-present reality in our lives,” Lenz also stated. “We are in a polarized political climate right now where the ‘us-versus-them’ mentality has started to reign supreme.”
Babu Omowale is the national minister of defense for the People’s New Black Panther Party. He recently said his group has it’s sights set on establishing “our own government in a nation within a nation.”
They want their own government, by community organizers…
Hear the vitriol, hatred, and threats from the New Black Panther Party, its leadership and members.