A small group of armed ‘White Lives Matter’ activists held a protest outside the Houston NAACP office yesterday (Sunday, August 21). The group, bearing assault rifles, Confederate flags and signs including white supremacist slogans, were apparently there to speak out against the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, which focuses on black victims of police violence.
One of the so-called ‘White Lives Matter’ activists, Ken Reed stated:
Reed went on to state that they were not trying to “instigate,” but were merely carrying the firearms to “defend” themselves. He also said that the Confederate flag was being held up to represent ‘Southern pride.’
However, behind the thin facade, there were obvious racist leanings to the protest as one of the group held a sign reading “14 words” in reference to a white supremacist slogan coined by David Lane, who is himself a member of the white nationalist terror organization, The Order.
The racially divisive slogan in question reads:
(‘White Lives Matter’ Protester Sporting A ‘Donald Trump 16’ Hat)
Clearly there to incite division, it seems the ‘White Lives Matter’ group knew they would at least be seen as controversial – otherwise why the need to be so heavily armed?
While we cannot condone incidents of rioting or targeting the police for attack under the banner of Black Lives Matter, we also don’t see how the NAACP can be held accountable for the actions of every black person (or as the ‘White Lives Matter activists’ put it, “their people”).
Indeed, what yesterday’s protesters seem to have conveniently forgot – as do those who would say “all lives matter” – is that the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement is not one of division, but one of protest and protection.
After all, while race remains a sore point in America, things take a much darker turn when you find that it leaves you in danger at the very hands of those who are there to ‘protect and serve.’
Fortunately, not everyone seemed so intent to inflame racial division in Houston, as counter-protesters gathered at the NAACP office to pray and speak out against the message of the small ‘White Lives Matter’ group.
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