A group of racists showed up at the Houston office of the NAACP on Sunday while the office was closed. They came with Confederate flags and banners and signs. And guns. They said they were there to protest against Black Lives Matter. They said they didn’t mean any harm. Their accouterments belied that.
Spokesman Ken Reed swore that they were only there to protest against the BLM movement. Why did they choose to do so in front of the NAACP?
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.
Hold people accountable? Hello pot? Kettle here. Reed said that the group wasn’t there to “instigate” anything yet they held up a banner that read, “White Lives Matter.” They waved Confederate flags and they were armed.
Heavily armed white supremacists standing outside out of the Houston offices of the NAACP.
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— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 21, 2016
Hmm… Kind of a textbook example of instigating, if you ask me. And this kind of language cements it. Reed again:
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.
Residents of Houston’s Third Ward were unimpressed. “The Confederate flag throws me off,” one man noted, pointing out the obvious conflict between the group’s words and signs with their stated purpose.
One woman in the group held a sign that read “14 Words.” This was a new one for me, as it may be for some of you. It’s a term that draws one pretty far down the rabbit hole, too. It appears to come from White nationalist David Lane, who wrote a 14 word phrase to represent his ideology:
We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White children.
Alternatively, it can also mean, “Because the beauty of the White Aryan woman must not perish from the earth.” So, yeah. That’s not racist at all. Oh, and she’s wearing a KKK T-shirt.
Activist Delo Taylor was on the scene and posted a short piece of video on Twitter:
— D (@Delo_Taylor) August 21, 2016
Wow. That’s a herd of mounted police, there. From the looks of things, they are protecting the protesters. Now there’s a switch, yeah? Don’t see that happen much for BLM protests. Just sayin’.
Even though the group numbered less than 20, they made a pretty big splash on Twitter and other social media. Jonathan Greenblatt spoke for us all — in my humble opinion — when he tweeted this:
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) August 22, 2016
It most certainly is wrong on all counts. These white supremacist, racist boneheads just don’t get it. Their world is changing and they can’t handle it. They fear this change, where people of color have the same rights as they do. They flail at it with flags and banners and racist sayings but that won’t stop it. And that terrifies them.
Look, nobody is saying that black lives matter more than any other lives. The point is that black lives matter just as much as everyone else. Because somewhere along the way, America has not seen this basic truth. It’s past time we did.
Here’s video from ctown legend:
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