This past Tuesday, the Southern Poverty Law Center announced that “White Lives Matter”will be classified as a hate group. As per the SPLC’s “hate map” there are currently 895 hate groups in operation across the nation- along with the KKK and skinheads,White Lives Matter has been added to the roster.
As Sarah K Burris of Rawstory reports:
The map is released each year to show hotbeds of racist activity across the United States. Heidi Beirich, head of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project, told VICE News this week that the “movement” is “clearly white supremacists” who should instead be operating under the slogan “only white lives matter.”
Explaining the difference between White Lives Matter and Black lives Matter- Heidi Beirich, the director of the Intelligence Project at the SPLC, has said “The White Lives Matter website says their movement is dedicated to the preservation of the white race. That tells you all you need to know. Black Lives Matter is not, on the other hand, a hate group, according to the SPLC, who explains that that there is “nothing at all to suggest that the bulk of the demonstrators hold supremacist or black separatist views.”
The White Lives Matter movement, by contrast, goes beyond what mainstream conservatives have advocated as an “all lives matter” position. Instead, their group is lead by 40-year-old Rebecca Barnette of Tennessee. Barnette also serves as the vice president of the women’s division of the racist skinhead group Aryan Strikeforce. They promote a pro-whiteness agenda, claiming that the race is under attack from immigration, integration and other race-mixing.
Burris continues: “Barnette’s focus is to create a “new world” for whites, where they can be safe from the dangers of persecution from non-whites and non-Christians.
The SPLC cites a post from Barnette on a Russian social networking site used by many white supremacists and neo-Nazis in which she claims Jews and Muslims have formed an alliance “to commit genocide of epic proportions” of the white race. Now is the time, she adds in the same post, for “the blood of our enemies [to] soak our soil to form new mortar to rebuild our landmasses.”
These groups are out in full force, recruiting and advocating for their support of whiteness. Just last week, armed white supremacists stood outside of an NAACP headquarters in protest, waving Confederate flags and “White Lives Matter” banners along with signs with slogans frequently used in the white supremacist movement.
The “white lives matter” supporters often contend that when people shout that “black lives matter” they actually mean that “only black lives matter.” However, as comedian Felonious Munk explained to Larry Wilmore last year, the saying “all lives matter” neglects the part of the system that is broken. No one is saying “only” black lives matter. However, the white lives matter movement does actually mean “only” white lives are the ones that matter.”
The movement has seemingly become more mainstream with the emergence of Donald Trump’s candidacy. White supremacists, anti-black and anti-Latino supportershave come out to support Trump and while he eventually denounced them, they still maintain that he is their candidate.
It is of no surprise that White Lives Matter is led by white nationalists and are subsequently named to be the newest hate group. As previously stated their goal is the “preserve the white race”. It is also their aim to silence the issue of double standards and gross unfair treatment of people of color by law enforcement. Wholly ignorant of their White privilege, they lament about their perceived notion of prejudice against them. They are an armed and dangerous group who have absolutely earned their designation of “hate group”
(Article By Tasha Sharifa)
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