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Inside the FBI Hunt for “Black Identity Extremists”. Vice. September 27, 2018
According to a leaked FBI assessment, “Black Identity Extremists” are a new group of domestic terrorists who pose a serious and violent threat to American law enforcement. The assessment is based on unsubstantiated grouping of unrelated police shootings and has drawn much public scrutiny for its apparent advocacy of racial profiling.
Rakem Balogun, an outspoken black activist in Dallas, is considered the first person to be targeted as a “Black Identity Extremist”. After being detained for nearly 6 months on weapons charges, VICE met up with Rakem on the day he was released from prison to learn more about the events leading to his arrest and real-world repercussions of the new “Black Identity Extremist” label.
Akil Gibbons (Vice) @ 12:55: So that's the AR-15. A pretty notorious weapon.
Rakem Balogun ("Activist", Guerrilla Mainframe): Yeah. Yeah, it has a lot of history to it.
Akil Gibbons (Vice) @ 13:10: So we're in Dallas, Texas, right now. Which is, of course, open carry. Why is that so important, as a part of your organization, Guerrilla Mainframe, to open carry?
Rakem Balogun (Guerrilla Mainframe): It's just really a tool to use against, to protest against, police brutality. And to gain attention of the masses. To promote this culture of self-defense.
Akil Gibbons (Vice) @ 13:30: Do you believe that these guns could provide any more autonomy for African-Americans to not be brutalized by police?
Robert Taylor (Guerrilla Mainframe): It's definitely a deterrent. An aggressor looks for victims. They're not looking for a fight. So if you're armed, you have a better chance than if you weren't armed. So that's why we want to tell everybody, everybody, to get armed. You have a right to defend yourself.
Akil Gibbons (Vice) @ 13:55: Do you believe that actually building relationships with police could benefit the community?
Rakem Balogun (Guerrilla Mainframe): No. Working with the police does very little.
FYI: According to Vox (05/19/2018): "The terrorism charge against Balogun crumbled when the FBI admitted it had nothing more on him than a few overheated Facebook posts and advocacy of black gun ownership. After the death of five police officers in Dallas in July 2016, Balogun wrote on Facebook: “They deserve what they got. LMAO!” And he took part in a rally outside the Texas Capitol at which black men carried guns and some chanted, 'The only good pig is a pig that’s dead.'"