A crowd of Confederate flag-waving, armed white supremacists stormed the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People headquarters in Houston, Texas, to remind everyone that "white lives matter."
The group carrying “White Lives Matter” banners was protesting the NAACP for not denouncing the Black Lives Matter movement for the social unrest in Milwaukee and killing of police officers in Dallas last month.
Protesters were holding assault weapons in full view but police officers monitored the situation to monitor the crowd. No one was arrested, a stark contrast to the July Black Lives Matter demonstration, where police in riot gear arrested a black woman in a party dress, despite the fact she was unarmed and was taking part in a peaceful protest.
The protest leader Ken Reed said the demonstration was a result of the riots prompted by black people and was not at all racist.
“We're not out here to instigate or start any problems,” Reed said. "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."
However, one of the protesters was seen holding the 14 Words sign, which is a white supremacist slogan, meaning “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”
The motto was created by David Lane, a member of pro-white terrorist organization called “the Order.”
White Lives Matter rally appears to be more of a White Trash Family Reunion pic.twitter.com/cpsVACsjlZ— David Samples (@NatureGuy101) August 22, 2016
The presence of firearms and the Confederate flag outside of the NAACP, for obvious reasons, made some local residents uncomfortable.
“The Confederate flag throws me off,” resident Quintina Richardson 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?"
The rationale behind the white lives matter rally echoes the sentiments of other white nationalist movements who claim Confederate flags are flown as a symbol of Southern heritage and not hate. However, critics allege a heritage based on the exploitation and death of a sizeable population of the country should not be celebrated.
Police began clearing the crowd of the 20 or so white supporters but some still lingered. Some black residents were angry the protest was taking place in their neighborhood.
“You going to arrest me now? Do we come to your neighborhoods? We've got no guns out here,” one neighborhood resident said to police.
Other residents joined him and listed the names of African-American people who had lately been shot dead by the police.
Heavily armed white supremacists standing outside out of the Houston offices of the NAACP.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 21, 2016
America. 2016. pic.twitter.com/Fp07VxyydL
Here's the problem with "White Lives Matter"— Ugene's Politics (@UgenesPolitics) August 22, 2016
Black Lives Matter = Fight for equality
White Lives Matter = Fight for superiority
Dear White Lives Matter,— Randy Prine (@randyprine) August 22, 2016
Black Lives Matter simply means:
Black Lives Matter TOO!
Quit embarrassing yourselves
White Lives Matter : Raciiiiiiiist.— Leah the Boss (@LeahRBoss) August 22, 2016
Black Lives Matter : Activism.
It's almost like....
Double Standards Matter.