“White Lives Matter” trended for hours on Twitter into early Monday.
A group of white demonstrators, holding Confederate and American flags and a White Lives Matter banner, protested outside of the NAACP office in Houston, Texas Sunday afternoon, the Houston Chronicle reported (VIDEO BELOW).
“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,” protester Ken Reed said. “If they’re going to be a civil rights organization and defend their people, they also need to hold their people accountable.”
Some of the group exercised their Second Amendment rights by holding rifles, but the protest was peaceful.
“We’re not out here to instigate or start any problems,” Reed told the Chronicle. “Obviously we’re exercising our Second Amendment rights but that’s because we have to defend ourselves. Their organizations and their people are shooting people based on the color of their skin. We’re not. We definitely will defend ourselves, but we’re not out here to start any problems.”
Neighbors were happy with the message of equality but some were unhappy with the Confederate flags being present.
“That’s a bold statement,” Quintina Richardson told the Chronicle. “You come into their home, front door, and say ‘hey!’ You’ve got some nerve.”
“The Conferderate flag throws me off,” she said. “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?”
Reed dismissed those allegations and said that the flag had “nothing to do with racism.”
“We’re proud to be Southern,” he said. “It has all to do about heritage, nothing to do with hate.”
Some area African-Americans confronted the group with charges of racism before the protest was broken up by police at around 3:30 p.m.
The final group of demonstrators consisted of a group of black and white citizens joined together in prayer.
No looting, burning of property or assaults were reported.
But the peaceful protest enraged some on social media, even though the phrase Black Lives Matter is a common trend on the social network.
— Amy Sheridan (@webvixen) August 22, 2016
Stormed? No stormed is what happened in Milwaukee and Baltimore.
— Peter Kelly (@PeterKellyBC) August 22, 2016
People defending #WhiteLivesMatter in the tag: You, uhh, DO know that there’s a bunch of armed white supremacists outside of NAACP, right?
— Jules KD (@la_belle_laide) August 22, 2016
Nothing White supremacists do suprises me anymore, seriously. The fight for whitness to rule the world is so played out #whitelivesmatter
— Brittany Jenelle (@LiberalArtsDiva) August 22, 2016
All this talk of white supremacists. Are Black Lives Matters protesters considered black supremacists?
Racist white men are like those kids at birthday parties who have to be the center of attention even tho not their bday.#WhiteLivesMatter
— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) August 22, 2016
#WhiteLivesMatter? Nah, all lives matter. Why you gotta be a racist movement and only say that white lives matter?
— King San (@KingOfTheRolex) August 22, 2016
Are you serious?
#whitelivesmatter JK no they don’t you racist bigots
— Stocks (@Bmac0507) August 22, 2016
You say “white lives don’t matter” and other people are the racist bigots?
The hypocrites were roundly called out for their double standard.
#whitelivesmatter dosent offend me at all tbh . not all white people racist y’all. Lol
— Ace (@itsacedub) August 22, 2016
— (((Brandon Bahret))) (@Brandon_Bahret) August 22, 2016
Have to ask yourself why does #whitelivesmatter bother you?? If it does you may be a racist.
— George (@bonedoc66) August 22, 2016
— Clark Herlin (@blindsuperman) August 22, 2016
White Lives Matter pic.twitter.com/voItVG5P4C
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) August 22, 2016
#WhiteLivesMatter ALL lives matter or no lives matter. Asinine to make it political.
— andieiam (@andieiamwhoiam) August 22, 2016
White Lives Matter : Raciiiiiiiist.
Black Lives Matter : Activism.
It’s almost like….
Double Standards Matter.
— Leah the Boss (@LeahRBoss) August 22, 2016
— ♥Pink Lady♥ (@pink_lady56) August 22, 2016
That’s a good guess.
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