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Armed White Lives Matter Group Protests Outside Houston NAACP Office

This past Sunday a White Lives Matter group protested in front of the NAACP office in Houston’s Third Ward.

Waving confederated flags and holding assault rifles, the group drew plenty of attention as they started their protest against the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

“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,” White Lives Matter member Ken Reed told the Houston Chronicle. “If they’re going to be a civil rights organization and defend their people, they also need to hold their people accountable.”

The entire incident is laughably and painfully ironic. Take this other from Reed for example.

“We’re not out here to instigate or start any problems. 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.”

What black organization is “shooting people based on the color of their skin”? Please Reed, tell us. Because the only organization that comes to mind that actively sought out people to kill based on the color of their skin in America, was the Ku Klux Klan. But continue to justify your protest through nothing that’s actually factual.

There was also another moment in which a White Lives Matter protestor held a sign with the slogan “14 words” written on it. The phrase “14 words” is a popular white supremacist slogan: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”

Reed proceeds to say that the organization isn’t being racist but celebrating their southern (read: white) heritage, but fails to understand that these slogans and symbols are a painful reminder of America’s racist past for black people.

The entire incident reads like a segment from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver or any other similar political late night talk show. Fortunately, the White Lives Matter protestors (approximately 20 of them) were cleared out by police around 3:30 p.m. CST, and no one was arrested, hurt or killed.

Elijah C. Watson

Elijah Watson serves as Okayplayer's News & Culture Editor. When he's not writing he's listening to Sade and crying or watching My Hero Academia with his partner.

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