Nearly two dozen White people protested in front of the Houston branch office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on Sunday (August 21). The armed participants held signs that read “#WhiteLivesMatter” and “14 Words” (“We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White children.”). They also waved American and Confederate flags. The rally drew counter-protesters and police on horseback.
“We came here because the NAACP headquarters is here and that’s one of the most racist—supposedly civil rights—groups in America,” participant Scott Lacy told local station KPRC.
As to be expected, the small protest drew big, national attention, in a time when activists are working hard to appeal to state and police forces to value the lives of Black people. Here are some of the reactions posted to Twitter following the protest, starting with NAACP president and CEO, Cornell Brooks.
Did Houston police show up in militarized riot gear, snipers and dogs at the #whitelivesmatter protest?— 3ChicsPolitico (@3ChicsPolitico) August 22, 2016
I see #whitelivesmatter is trending, and I’m trying to find a time & place in history when white lives were oppressed.So far I got nothing— Blossom C. Brown (@MISSBLOSSOM9210) August 22, 2016
Demanding #WhiteLivesMatter is like pushing 4 able-bodied parking and asking Habitat4Humanity to build houses for the rich— Tim Wise (@timjacobwise) August 22, 2016