#WhiteLivesMatter, the direct response to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, is to be listed as a white supremacist hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the Huffington Post reported Tuesday night.
The group recently made headlines when they sent armed protesters to stand in front of Houston, Texas’ NAACP building.
White supremacists protest @naacp_houston and Black Lives Matter.Is this a part of what some call the "Trump effect? pic.twitter.com/lfHnA98za8
— Jose Grinan (@JoseGrinanFOX26) August 21, 2016
One of the protesters held up a sign with the phrase “14 words” which is a popular white supremacist phrase that translates to: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”
‘During the August 21 protest, the ARS symbol, a lightning bolt and a runic symbol, was visible on the group’s ‘white lives matter’ banner and on white shirts worn by some of the dozen or so participants. Their message also included a sign reading ‘14 words,’ a reference to the most popular white supremacist slogan in the world: ‘We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.’
– Anti-Defamation League Statement Regarding Houston Protest
Rebecca Barnette, who is a 40-year-old resident of Tennessee, is reported to be one of the #WhiteLivesMatter leaders according to the SPLC. Rebecca was also Vice President of the Women’s division of Aryan Strikeforce, as well as formally associated with the National Socialist Movement, the nation’s largest neo-Nazi group.
Many have called for #BlackLivesMatter to be listed as a hate group, but it hasn’t happened as of yet, mostly due to their members and leaders condemning acts of violence and working towards social progression.
The SPLC said in a blog post:
‘There’s no doubt that some protesters who claim the mantle of Black Lives Matter have said offensive things, like the chant ‘pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon’ that was heard at one rally. But before we condemn the entire movement for the words of a few, we should ask ourselves whether we would also condemn the entire Republican Party for the racist words of its presumptive nominee ― or for the racist rhetoric of many other politicians in the party over the course of years.’
Truer words have never been spoken. Republicans often use a false statement that Donald Trump was never accused of being racist before running for president, yet the former President of Donald Trump’s Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino wrote in his 1991 book, Trumped!, that Donald Trump often used racial slurs.
‘And isn’t it funny. I’ve got black accountants at Trump Castle and Trump Plaza. Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. . . . I think the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.’
– John R. O’Donnell, Former President of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Quote From Donald Trump In Book: Trumped!
Donald Trump and white supremacist groups also share another common trait, removing African-Americans from positions of power. In 1992 Trump lost an appeal and was forced to pay out a $200,000 penalty for removing African American dealers from his casino tables at the request of High Roller players.
Even white people are fed up with the white supremacist movement. In a #WhiteLivesMatter protest in Buffalo, New York, a fight erupted between a #WhiteLivesMatter protester wearing a “White Pride” T-Shirt and another white man who tried to rip it off of his body. The protest, which was announced by the National Socialist Movement, spread messages of hate that angered the local community; black and white alike.
The SPLC has an interactive “HATE MAP” that tracks movements of different hate groups including Black Separatist movements, Ku Klux Klan, and anti-immigration groups. In my state of North Carolina, I was alarmed that 29 hate groups operate within 50-100 miles of my home.
The “hate map” will be updated in February of 2017.
By: Deric Lostutter
Featured Image via Twitter: screen shot capture of video by Jose Grinan FOX 26