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#White Lives Matter Designated as a Hate Group

 

Demonstrators gathered with a White Lives Matter sign in front of the N.A.A.C.P. office in Houston last week. Credit Darla Guillen/Houston Chronicle, via Associated Press.

Demonstrators gathered with a White Lives Matter sign in front of the N.A.A.C.P. office in Houston last week. Credit Darla Guillen/Houston Chronicle, via Associated Press.

 

 

One of the speakers at our Beyond Swastika to Jim Crow event, Heidi Beirich, the director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center helped the SPLC designate White Lives Matter, a hate group.

See the SPLC’s letter below:

The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated White Lives Matter (WLM) as a hate group. The white nationalist organization was established in response to the growth of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, which promotes “the simple proposition that ‘black lives also matter.’” (It’s also worth noting that BLM is not a hate group.)

 

We first introduced WLM in April after the Texas-based neo-Nazi group Aryan Renaissance Society began promoting it as “a movement dedicated to [the] promotion of the white race.” Since then, we’ve discovered evidence that WLM is an explicit hate group founded by people with long histories in racist movements.

Although we’re still investigating individual WLM chapters, we will include a full list in our 2017 hate group list and hate map.

SPLC in the News on White Lives Matter