Residents of Houston, Texas’ Third Ward were surprised when White Lives Matter supporters stood outside the NAACP headquarters to protest. Tensions were high, as the protesters were armed with assault rifles and Confederate flags.
Approximately 20 people attended the protest. When asked why they were protesting, group member Scott Lacy told KPRC2, “We came here because the NAACP headquarters is here and that’s one of the most racist groups in America.” The protest was in response to rioting and violence in Milwaukee, Dallas, and Baton Rouge.
The protest’s organizer, Ken Reed, a Trump supporter judging by the hat he wore to the protest, further explained the group’s misguided reasoning to The Houston Chronicle:
‘We came out here specifically today 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.’
Because White Lives Matter has been so great at owning the actions of white police officers in the killings of black men across America.
Reed also added, “It has nothing to do with racism on our part. We’re proud to be Southern. It has all to do about heritage, nothing to do with hate.” Right. Reed also attempted to explain that the group was not there to “instigate or start” problems; however, their protest gear said otherwise, considering they were outfitted with Confederate flags, assault rifles, and body armor.
The Houston Chronicle reported that an African-American man approached the protesters and asked them questions, saying, “But you understand more white people are well fed than anybody else.” A protester actually agreed with the man, stating, “statistically.” The protester was then led away by Reed.
The son of Yolanda Smith, Houston’s NAACP director, posted to Instagram in response:
‘Little did they know the executive director of this particular branch birthday was today, which so happens to be my mom. So, we spent the day celebrating a black life that did matter and will continue to do great work at this place you protest! Thank you and try again!’
Other residents were taken aback by the group’s presence, saying that the Confederate flag threw them off. One resident commented, “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?”
Yes. No matter how much they want to deny it, White Lives Matter is racist. This is further confirmed by the fact that one protester held a sign that had “14 words” written on it. White supremacists use the phrase “14 words” to refer to their slogan: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”
Several people responded on Twitter to the protest.
What upsets me is that there were very few news outlets tweeting/posting about the threats the NAACP is facing. https://t.co/ZFSK0i983z
— Tatiana Walk-Morris (@Tati_WM) August 22, 2016
White Lives Matter outside Houston NAACP protesting?That meth thing in the 90’s really affected their community didn’t it? Population shrunk
— (((merida montero))) (@Goodluckbeer) August 22, 2016
White Lives Matter Protest Held Outside Houston NAACP: Because you known it’s 1956, not 2016. https://t.co/3pA8eDvZh7
— srdjan basaric (@arcagility) August 22, 2016
KPRC2 reported that police responded to the protest with officers on horseback and police barricades. They started clearing out the crowd at around 3:30 p.m. The last group to leave was a group of men and women, both African-American and white, who joined hands in prayer in the parking lot of a church facing the NAACP building.
You can watch a video of the protest below.
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.