White Lives Matter
White Lives Matter (WLM) has described itself as an ideal and a movement that believes it's okay to have white pride in a world where it's okay to talk of brown and black pride. They protest against radical Islam and stand up 'for white rights in America', says WLM organizer Ken Reed. Ken says: 'We expect every race to be proud of who they are, and we're just out there fighting for our rights just like everyone should.' It is active in the US and the UK.
Protest in front of NAACP office in Houston
WLM got widespread media attention when its members, some armed and some waving Confederate flags, protested the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and the NAACP in front of its office in Houston on 21 August 2016.
The Souther Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League's view of WLM
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is going to list White Lives Matter as a hate group, although it will not list the BLM movement, which practices racial segregation. The President of the SPLC, Richard Cohen, has said, 'Black Lives Matter is not a hate group'.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has asserted that there is something called the Aryan Renaissance Society and that some of the WLM supporters wore shirts with one of its symbols, a lightning bolt and a runic symbol. The ADL also criticised the fact that a WLM supporter was carrying a sign that read '14 words', although it cannot be ascertained what was meant.
WLM view of NAACP
WLM organiser Ken Reed said the following about the NAACP:
- It claims to be one of the largest civil rights organisations in the United States and one of the oldest, and we feel that it is failing in its job in speaking out against the atrocities that have been happening in this country lately — the attacks on white officers, the calling for the murder of white officers, the burning down of cities.
WLM view of Black Lives Matter
As reported by newsy.com, Ken has said the WLM movement 'isn't against the BLM movement, just their actions'. The WLM movement uses the hashtag on Twitter. Ken says it is a double standard that the president of the United States, Barack Obama, is okay with people saying 'black lives matter', while people that say 'white lives matter' are deemed racists, National Socialists and haters.
WLM protest in the UK
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