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Just when we thought we’d seen it all, a group of White Lives Matter Activists in Houston, Texas proved us wrong. Armed with Confederate battle flags, assault rifles, and a ‘White Lives’ Matter” banner, those twenty individuals led a protest in front of Houston’s Third Ward NAACP office.
White Lives Matter member Scott Lacy made a statement that is shocking, though perhaps not much of a surprise: “We came here because the NAACP headquarters is here and that’s one of the most racist groups in America.”
Another protester by the name of Ken Reed believes that Black Lives Matter and similar organizations are the impetus for police killings. In elaborating, he explained that “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.
“If they’re going to be a civil rights organization and defend their people, they also need to hold their people accountable.”
The Black Lives Matter movement began to advocate against anti-black racism and to protest against police killings of black men. The White Lives Matter movement, on the other hand, is allegedly intended to counter the perceived anti-white and anti-police undertones allegedly at the forefront of BLM.
Many residents supported the idea of equality that the protest seemed to argue for. They were surprised by the presence of Confederate flags and firearms. A group of black residents eventually filed out onto the street, to counter the protestors. Resident Quintina Richardson explains, “The Confederate flag throws me off.
“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?”
Many people, particularly in Southern states, claim that the Confederate flag does not represent racism, but rather is a symbol of states’ rights and the richness of Southern heritage. Unsurprisingly, this is the stance taken by Reed, who even went so far as to say the Confederate flag is in no way related to a culture of hate.
In a further example of irony, one member of the group held a sign with the slogan “14 words.” This slogan is popular amongst white supremacists: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”
In response to the spectacle, the NAACP released the following statement:
“Yesterday, a small group of white supremacists, armed with automatic weapons and waving confederate battle flags, held a brief protest outside our office in Texas.
“While some may be shocked by what they witnessed yesterday in Houston, it is important to remember that the NAACP is subject to this type of harassment on a regular basis. The presidents of our more than 2,200 local chapters and branches regularly receive angry and harassing phone calls, as well as acts of vandalism, bomb threats and other calls for violence simply for standing up for the civil rights of all people. This hateful rhetoric has only increased during the current presidential election.
“Racism is a longstanding and divisive issue in this country, and many people at first feel victimized when confronted with the facts of how it continues to affect the lives of millions. But a misguided sense of victimhood does not justify brandishing weapons on a Sunday afternoon in a residential neighborhood, or make the statements of this small group true or correct.
“We are encouraged that, in the face of flagrant hate and ignorance, the protestors in Houston were met by a larger crowd opposing their message and dedicated to peace and prayer. Justice comes when communities refuse to let evil people perpetuate their misguided anger on the innocent.
“For more than a century, the NAACP has worked to unite people of every race, religion and background in the fight against segregation, discrimination, and violence. We continue to work nonviolently in every city and county to ensure that every person can advance through access to quality schools, economic opportunity, professional and accountable law enforcement, and the freedom to vote and be a part of our American democracy. We happily invite anyone who feels the same to join us.”
Once again, it appears that white people have missed the point. Time and again it has been affirmed that the Black Lives Matter movement in no way endorses black supremacy, but rather the need for advocacy on behalf of black people. Unfortunately, the prickly snares of racism make it difficult for blacks to try and support one another without some white people taking it as a personal affront.
All lives matter – including white lives – but the treatment of black people is almost unparalleled in its utter disregard for the entire race. The reason Black Lives Matter exists is that black lives are endangered in this country and at hands of this judicial system. As long as white people fail to recognize this and check their privilege, the current fissions in this nation will continue to tear the world apart.