White Lives Matter will soon be listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
SPLC said the status will be reflected in the next update of its “Hate Map,” which tracks the activities of hate groups around the country.
“I can’t speak to how many chapters will be listed, but it’s clear that the leadership of the group, the ends of the group ― it’s just a flat-out white supremacist group,” Heidi Beirich, director of the center’s Intelligence Report, told the Houston Chronicle. “The ideology behind it, the racist leaders, everything about it is racist.”
White Lives Matter made headlines earlier this month when the group sent armed protesters to an NAACP office in Houston, where they waved Confederate flags.
“Their organizations and their people are shooting people based on the color of their skin,” White Lives Matter member Ken Reed told the Houston Chronicle at the time. “We’re not.”
However, the Anti-Defamation League said the protest was organized by the white supremacist organization Aryan Renaissance Society:
“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.’
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SOURCE: The Huffington Post, Ed Mazza