A group of white people with Confederate flags stood in front of the Houston NAACP office Sunday. The red flag with its blue X holding white stars hung over the shoulder of a White Lives Matter member who was joined by others in his group in a protest against the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
“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,” White Lives Matter member Ken Reed said. “If they’re going to be a civil rights organization and defend their people, they also need to hold their people accountable.”
“We’re not out here to instigate or start any problems,” Reed said. “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.”
Of course the group of people tried to defend their use of the racist confederate flag during their protest.
“It has nothing to do with racism on our part,” Reed said. “We’re proud to be Southern. It has all to do about heritage, nothing to do with hate.”
One member of the White Lives Matter group held a sign with the slogan “14 words” on it. The phrase “14 words” is a popular white supremacist slogan: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”
At one point, an African-American man walked up to the barricade and began asking the White Lives Matters crowd questions.
“But you understand more white people are well fed than anybody else,” he asked the crowd.