On Sunday, WhiteLivesMatter activists gathered in front of the NAACP Houston Office to protest the organization’s failure to address BlackLivesMatter “atrocities.”
Want to guess how they protested the NAACP?
With guns and confederate flags.
Yes, white people have done it again. They’ve bombed whatever chance they had at being heard.
One of the WhiteLivesMatter members outlined the purpose of the protest saying…
“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. If they’re going to be a civil rights organization and defend their people, they also need to hold their people accountable.”
I get that you want to speak out against property damage and meaningless deaths, but the language this WhiteLivesMatter member uses is cringe-worthy.
- He specified “white cops.”
- He connected pro-Black organizations with the killing of white cops
- They brought confederate flags, a sign of black enslavement and racism to the protest
- They brought guns to the protest
- They used “14 Words” (A reference to the most popular white supremacist slogan ever, “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children”)
- They were a WhiteLivesMatter group protesting at a the NAACP
Blacks see themselves as being treated unequally in the system, a system created by whites. Whites never had the short end of the stick. They always got preferential treatment, blacks not so much.
This is why countering BlackLivesMatter’s claims of racial injustice with “yeah but whites deserve to be treated fairly too” is insulting. Whites were never treated unfairly, blacks were. Whatever issues whites might be facing is trivial compared to the decades of oppression blacks suffered under.
It doesn’t help that they used white supremacist slogans. The confederate flag, to many isn’t a sign of southern heritage. It’s a sign of racism and slavery. It’s best leave such symbols at home.
And why would you bring guns to a protest? Yes, it’s your second amendment right to do so, but this isn’t about your rights. Protests are designed to gain attention and sympathy from others. You want your audience to side with you in a protest. Parading around with weapons won’t help your cause.
Carrying guns in a protest gives off a specific message; you’re either a potential threat, or you’re one of those crazy gun-toting Tea Party guys.
Put simply, this protest has everything that should never be included in one.