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What is #WhiteLivesMatter?
By Kimberlee Buck, Contributing Writer
Published September 7, 2016
 People with a White Lives Matter sign demonstrate in front of the NAACP office in Houston. (DARLA GUILLEN/AP)

People with a White Lives Matter sign demonstrate in front of the NAACP office in Houston. (DARLA GUILLEN/AP)

Sunday, August 22, a small group of armed White Lives Matter (WLM) protestors waved the confederate flag as they stood outside the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) branch in Houston.

The purpose behind the protest was a response to the way the NAACP has handled the Black Lives Matter movement.

Protesters were also upset about the recent killings and attacking of police officers which, they believe Black Lives Matter is responsible for.

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According to KPRC-TV, White Lives Matter member Scott Lacy had this to say:

“We came here because the NAACP headquarters is here and that’s one of the most racist groups in America.”
NAACP Houston branched released a statement the next day regarding the protest.

“While we support their right to express themselves, we adamantly disagree with their position which is based on white privilege and lack of information that is totally flawed. While they criticize the NAACP for not denouncing a movement that has been productive in bringing awareness to the racial disparity in this country; they themselves espouse a totally racist position.”

Here is the history behind White Lives Matter.

The group isn’t new to the scene. Last year, numerous WLM Facebook pages launched across the country.

“These are a few very small Neo-Nazi, Klan, and similar groups that have formed to push this narrative into the main stream,” said senior fellow at Southern Poverty Law Center Mark Potok.

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Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that keeps a record of extremist groups in the U.S., discovered White Lives Matter Facebook pages are ran by the Texas based Neo-Nazi group Aryan Renaissance Society, which happens to be a white supremacy group.

One week later, Center publicly declared the White Lives Matter a hate group.

According to the WLM website, “White Lives Matter is a place for people of European descent to learn about the issues that imperil their future and the root causes behind #WhiteGenocide. WhiteLivesMatter.com is primarily focused on ethno-nationalism. It supports breeding practices that improve fitness, opposes dysgenic immigration, and takes a libertarian stance on other right wing gripes that don’t directly turn the population non-White.”
WLM co-founder Rebecca Barnette, went on to defend the movement in a recent statement stating, “White lives matter is a celebration of the white race.”

“White people face a plethora of issues — “illegal immigration, healthcare, housing, welfare, employment, education, social security, our children, refugees” — and claimed her group gives a “united voice” to the white race. “Homosexuality, ‘mix relationships’ and diversity are especially damaging to white culture,” said Barnette.
Members of the Black community along with other Black Lives Matter supporters think otherwise so, they took to Twitter to get some things of their chest.

Tell us what you think by tagging the L.A. Sentinel in your social media posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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