Houston Rally Linked to Neo-Nazi Aryan Renaissance Society
"White Lives Matter" members waving Confederate flags, bearing firearms and yelling through a bullhorn staged a rally outside the NAACP headquarters in Houston on Sunday.
White Lives Matter member Scott Lacy told Click2Houston.com the group chose the location because the NAACP is "one of the most racist groups in America."
Lacy also happens to be a member of the Aryan Rennaissance Society, a Texas-based neo-Nazi group that has described itself as "the leading force behind the WLM movement," according to the Southern Poverty Law Center:
The ARS describes itself as a "network of dedicated White Separatists diligently striving to impart a New Racial Consciousness to Aryankind." It hopes to create "an Aryan oligarchy based on genetic aristocracy" to "enhance the Race." The overall idea, ARS says, is to protect threatened white people from genocide and the "bastardization of the white race" through interbreeding.
White Lives Matter member Ken Reed, who was sporting a "Donald Trump '16" cap, told The Houston Chronicle during Sunday's rally he blames the NAACP for "not 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."
"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."
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White Lives Matter is just a group of racists trying to pretend that they're not just a group of racists. https://t.co/3PAgH2POwr
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