Aug 21, 2016
Two days after Donald Trump asked black people to vote for him this happens. White Lives Matter protested in front of the NAACP office in Third Ward on Sunday. The Confederate flag waved in front of the NAACP office Sunday. The red flag with its blue X holding white stars hung over the shoulder of a White Lives Matter member who was joined by others in his group in a protest against the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
“We came out here to protest against the NAACP and their failure in speaking out against the atrocities that organizations like Black Lives Matter and other pro-black organizations have caused the attack and killing of white police officers, the burning down of cities and things of that nature,” White Lives Matter member Ken Reed said. “If they’re going to be a civil rights organization and defend their people, they also need to hold their people accountable.” http://video.chron.com/?ndn.trackingGroup=90000&ndn.siteSection=houstonchron_nws_loc_sty_pp&ndn.videoId=31296012&freewheel=90000&sitesection=houstonchron_nws_loc_sty_pp&vid=31296012
Southern Poverty Law Center to list White Lives Matter movement as a hate group
The White Lives Matters movement listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hate Map” https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map in February.
“I can’t speak to how many chapters will be listed, but it’s clear that the leadership of the group, the ends of the group — it’s just a flat-out white supremacist group,” said Heidi Beirich, director of the center’s Intelligence Report, in an interview with Chron.com http://video.chron.com/?ndn.trackingGroup=90000&ndn.siteSection=houstonchron_nws_loc_sty_pp&ndn.videoId=31296012&freewheel=90000&sitesection=houstonchron_nws_loc_sty_pp&vid=31296012
“The ideology behind it, the racist leaders, everything about it is racist,” Beirich added.
The leadership Beirich refers to is 40-year-old Rebecca Barnette. In addition to having her hands in the White Lives Matter movement, Barnette is also the vice president of the women’s division of the skinhead group Aryan Strikeforce.
The center points to posts on Barnette’s page on vk.com, a Russian social networking site used by white supremacists due to its lack of censorship.
In an Aug. 3 post on “Intelligence Report,” the center reports https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2016/white-lives-matter, “Barnette says that Jews and Muslims have formed an alliance ‘to commit genocide of epic proportions’ of the white race. Now is the time, she adds in the same post, for ‘the blood of our enemies [to] soak our soil to form new mortar to rebuild our landmasses.'”
“Her background, the rhetoric of the group, the hangers-on of the group are white supremacist,” Beirich said. “The only question is how widespread they are, how many chapters there are.”
It is also worth noting that the phrase “14 Words” seen on posters at these events is a reference to the popular white supremacist slogan “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” The slogan was coined by David Lane, a member of the white supremacist terrorist group known as The Order, who later died in prison in 2007.
It also is sometimes used in reference to the slogan, “Because the beauty of the White Aryan woman must not perish from the earth,” which was also coined by Lane.
Why law center says White Lives Matter is a hate group but Black Lives Matter is not
In the 1980s, the Southern Poverty Law Center – an organization born of the civil rights movement – began tracking extremist organizations they deemed “hate groups” in the United States.
At the time, most were white supremacist organizations finding renewed footing after a resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan.
They called it Klanwatch, then eventually the Intelligence Project.
In the nearly 40 years since, hundreds of groups that ascribe to varying brands of inflammatory ideology – Neo-Nazism, anti-gay, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, Holocaust denial, black separatist – have been lumped into the list. There is even a “general hate” category.
SPLC wrote explaining why “Black Lives Matter is not a hate group . . . hate groups are, by our definition, those that vilify entire groups of people based on immutable characteristics such as race or ethnicity.”
The law center is left-leaning, a nugget conservatives and even moderates have used to deem some SPLC distinctions illegitimate – especially when it labeled the Family Research Council, a conservative organization, a hate group for its stance on homosexuality.
But the center’s most recent critique came this summer from some conservatives after ambush shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge killed eight police officers.
Thousands signed Change.org petitions, the center received direct requests and conservative commentators joined the chorus of critics demanding a hate group designation for Black Lives Matter.
The question as to whether the White Lives Matter group is a white supremacist group was asked, yet again, after protesters with the organization set up shop outside of the NAACP in Houston on Aug. 21.
The group waved Confederate flags – a historic symbol, yes, but one that is also associated with slavery and oppression – and wore guns. As a result not everyone was convinced when Ken Reed, one of the protesters, said, “It has nothing to do with racism on our part.”
“The Confederate flag throws me off,” resident Quintina Richardson said during the protest. “You’re saying Black Lives Matter is a racist organization but when you’re throwing the Confederate flag up and saying White Lives Matter, are you saying you’re racist?”
Black Lives Matter movement’s motives questioned
The same question has been asked about the Black Lives Matter movement, the movement which inadvertently birthed its antithesis.
The Southern Poverty Law Center took notice after many requests to label the Black Lives Matter movement a hate group came across its figurative desks in the wake of the murder of eight Dallas and Baton Rouge police officers.
Do ‘White Lives Matter’ in Charlotte?
The ongoing protests in Charlotte over the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott has some outraged observers wondering if “white lives matter.”
Influential finance blogger Zero Hedge, among others http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-09-22/do-whitelivesmatter-charlotte , have drawn attention to a video posted on social media that appears to show Charlotte protestors “beating, dragging, stripping, and laughing at an innocent white man.”http://livestream.com/accounts/8522553/events/3012740/player
Other videos emerged on social media showing protesters attacking white bystanders. Users tweeted them out using the hashtag #WhiteLivesMatter.