“White Lives Matter” will be declared a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the watchdog group announced Tuesday.
The SPLC contends that White Lives Matter is frequently used by white supremacists as a counter-slogan to “Black Lives Matter,” and the movement has been organized into a separate white nationalist group.
“Hate groups are, by our definition, those that vilify entire groups of people based on immutable characteristics such as race or ethnicity,” SPLC’s website says. “While it’s no surprise, given our country’s history, that most domestic hate groups hold white supremacist views, there are a number of black organizations on our hate group list as well.”
Black Lives Matter is not on that list because leaders and founders of the group have done “nothing at all to suggest that the bulk of the demonstrators hold supremacist or black separatist views,” the SPLC says.
White Lives Matter is headquartered in Tennessee, but after being added to the database, other areas with large pockets of supporters will be added to the map.
But of course White Lives Matter members contend they’re not a hate group.
“White Lives Matter is really about recognizing the contributions that people of European descent have made to civilization, and that we as a people and culture are worth preserving. We reject the notion that it is morally wrong for people of European descent to love and support their own race,” the group said in a statement sent to NBC News. “We value Western civilization and believe that at the very least, immigrants should not make us dumber or poorer.”