Alicia Garza, the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, revealed on Twitter that she received a visit from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday (Oct. 23) who informed her of a possible plot against her by a man they believe has ties to white supremacist groups.
The activist took to Twitter to share her experience, and said the FBI agents arrested the Idaho man but informed her that she was a potential target after they saw her name on a list at the man’s house.
“The FBI visited my house today. They arrested a man in Idaho on weapons charges who they believe was affiliated with white supremacist groups,” Garza tweeted. “They found my name on a list in his home, alongside others.”
The Purpose Of Power author took the opportunity to inform her followers that she was doing well after the incident, but also made it a point to call out President Donald Trump for not denouncing this type of behavior. “This is why this President is so dangerous. He is stoking fires he has no intention of controlling. I’m ok y’all, but this sh-t is not ok,” she tweeted. “Vote this mthaf—ka out. For real.”
She later shared an article about right-wing agitators who were found to be responsible for burning a Minnesota police precinct during George Floyd protests earlier this year. “More of this needs to be told. Again, your President and his people are putting our lives in danger,” Garza shared. “Meanwhile, they fail to hold accountable people who are ACTUALLY committing terrorist acts.”
The activist, who founded Black Lives Matter in 2013 along with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, is not the first to be a potential target of a terrorist plot. A Georgia teen named Caitlyn Pye was sentenced to juvenile prison for plotting to attack members of a historically Black church last November. The teen appeared in court on Thursday (Oct. 22) and pleaded guilty for one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony and apologized for her actions, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
A 19-year-old with a van full of guns and explosives plotted to assassinate former Vice President Joe Biden earlier this year, federal officials revealed this week. Alexander Hillel Treisman was arrested in May in North Carolina, and police said they found four rifles, a 9mm handgun, explosive materials, books on bomb making, and $509,000 in cash that’s believed to be his inheritance while searching his van.