[News] There’s a Secret Government Document Called the ‘Race Paper’ and It’s Probably Being Used to Monitor Black Activists
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There’s a Secret Government Document Called the ‘Race Paper’ and It’s
Probably Being Used to Monitor Black Activists
Michael Harriot - March 20, 2018
When civil rights groups forced the government to release information on
how federal law enforcement agencies monitor the scary collective of
black bogeyman activists classified as “black identity extremists,” the
groups noticed a repeated reference to one specific document.
Although it is top secret, the government has confirmed its existence.
We know it is nine pages long. We even know the name of the document.
Yet no one knows what it says, who wrote it or what it is about.
It is called the “Race Paper.”
In 2016, two civil rights groups—the Color of Change and the Center for
Constitutional Rights—along with the Kramer Law Center, filed a Freedom
of Information Act request for documents concerning the FBI’s
surveillance of groups related to Black Lives Matter.
In response, the government released a trove of documents including
emails, reports and memos showing that the FBI and the Department of
Homeland Security have been tracking the activities of people involved
with Black Lives Matter since the Ferguson, Mo., uprisings, even issuing
memos on the nonexistent danger of “Black Supremacists” to local and
The documents revealed how federal agents shaped the narrative to create
a new class of terrorists called “black identity extremists.” The FBI
talked about a “history of violent incidents
(pdf). The Department of Homeland Security sent a memo to officers
across the country warning about a black “day of rage” that never
happened. One bulletin
(pdf) even mentioned that black activists posed a threat to “lawfully
organized white supremacist events.”
Included in the files obtained by COR and CCR were several emails
between employees of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of
Intelligence Analysis. In several of those email chains
(pdf)—all discussing the investigations of black organizations—the
officials mentioned something called the Race Paper. The correspondence
contained attachments with drafts of the document asking for feedback,
suggestions on structure and in-person meetings.
To be fair, DHS actually included the mysterious Race Paper in the
documents received by Color of Change and the Center for Constitutional
Rights, but the copy was redacted. I’m sure you’re thinking, “But they
have to leave out names and identities,” which is true. But the
Department of Homeland Security redacted every single word. There are no
dates, no names—not even punctuation. DHS essentially sent the civil
rights groups nine pages of black paper
If you’re wondering how many “black identity extremists” have been
captured since the federal government began monitoring these dangerous
Negro radicals, the answer lies in the case of Christopher Daniels, who
many believe was the first and only person to be arrested using the
FBI’s BIE mandate.
Known as Rakem Balogun, Daniels was arrested on Dec. 12, 2017, when
federal agents stormed into his home. According to Foreign Policy, the
feds seized two firearms and a book—/Negroes With Guns./ At Daniels’
detention hearing, FBI Special Agent Aaron Keighley said Daniels came
across the FBI’s radar when they noticed him in the coverage of a police
brutality protest on the conspiracy website InfoWars chanting, “Oink,
oink, bang, bang,” and “The only good pig is a pig that’s dead.”
At the Austin, Texas, rally, Daniels carried his firearm, which is legal
in the state. He is a founding member of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club and
Guerrilla Mainframe, groups that promote open carry, Second Amendment
rights, weapons training and community service. Shortly thereafter, the
government began tracking Daniels.
The agency cited Facebook posts where Daniels expressed admiration for
Micah Johnson, who killed four Dallas police officers in July 2016.
Officers from the Joint Terrorism Task Force interrogated Daniels’
friends and their family members. Finally, after Daniels visited Detroit
for a firearm training event, the FBI burst into his home and arrested
him in front of his 15-year-old son.
So what did the government black-extremist hunters charge Daniels with?
Terrorism? Was he planning a massacre? Was Daniels about to jump-start
the long-awaited race war?
According to a court transcript
(pdf), Daniels was arrested because he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor
domestic violence charge in 2007. Daniels’ conviction prohibited him
from owning a firearm.
In fact, the only evidence that the FBI offered for Daniels being the
subject of 25 months of federal surveillance was his anti-police
rhetoric on social media and a few chants at rallies. In 25 months of
FBI monitoring, Daniels had not engaged in a single act of violence
against an officer or another human being. When the judge asked Keighley
if Daniels resisted arrest, the agent replied that Daniels hadn’t.
Keighley admitted to the judge that Daniels had never said he wanted to
harm a police officer or stated that he planned on doing so.
But here’s where the term “black identity extremist” and the Race Paper
In 2008, the FBI introduced a new class of investigations called
(pdf). Under this policy, the federal government can investigate anyone
as long as they fall under the category of someone thought to be a
threat to domestic security. With assessments, a person can be
surveilled even if there is no “factual predicate” (evidence that the
person intends to commit a crime).
See how it works? The FBI created a class of devious black terrorists,
made up a scary narrative and empowered themselves with the right to
investigate anyone who fit the description. Christopher Daniels was a
threat because he is a black man with a gun and sometimes calls cops bad
This is your black identity extremist.
On Monday, COR and CCR filed a lawsuit against the Department of
(pdf) demanding the release of the blacked-out memo.
“Black and brown activists and the public in general should not be left
to speculate as to why DHS prepared a document called the ‘Race Paper,’
circulated multiple versions of it, and called for in-person meetings to
discuss its contents, but now fights to keep every word from seeing the
light of day,” said Omar Farah, senior staff attorney at the Center for
Constitutional Rights. “But given the long-standing and unconstitutional
pattern of state surveillance of Black-led political movements, it bears
repeating that [the Freedom of Information Act] is about transparency,
not protecting government agencies from embarrassment.”
“Black communities know all too well how poisonous this kind of
surveillance and intimidation is for social justice movements,” said
Rashad Robinson, the executive director of Color of Change. Robinson added:
During the civil rights era, agents with the FBI’s COINTELPRO
program vigorously sought to discredit and destroy Black leaders and
movements while they did nothing to address the injustices our
communities were protesting. We can’t allow the FBI to essentially
operationalize COINTELPRO for the twenty-first century without a
fight. Up until recently, we’ve known very little about the
government’s surveillance of our communities. But by forcing the
disclosure of more information about these surveillance efforts,
including our demand today for the full and unredacted “Race Paper,”
we can better understand these attacks on Black activism and fight
to prevent a new generation of Black activists from demonization,
incarceration, intimidation and punishment.
So what, exactly, is the Race Paper? Here’s my hypothesis:
Maybe it’s a compilation of surveillance that will be used to blackmail
leaders in the Movement for Black Lives like the FBI’s effort to
discredit Martin Luther King Jr. and leave “the Negroes ... without a
national leader of sufficiently compelling personality to steer them in
the proper direction
Perhaps it is a 21st-century version of COINTELPRO’s goal to “prevent
the rise of a black messiah
It might simply be the FBI bragging about how they continue to sow
discord, as they did when they bragged about their efforts to destroy
the Black Panther Party with “shootings, beatings and a high degree of
While these may sound like conspiracy theories, they are all verifiable
documents from FBI correspondence. This is what they do. Whatever the
Race Paper reveals, you can be sure it won’t be anything new.
They’re rooting out anybody black.
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