White Lives Matter has now officially joined hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan and the Westboro Baptist Church on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of the nation’s most openly xenophobic organizations.
— CyberPresident (@cyber_president) August 14, 2016
An intelligence report released by the SPLC on Monday presented detailed evidence that members of White Lives Matter leadership are also involved in other neo-nazi hate groups, some of which have posted violent rhetoric toward not only African Americans but also Muslims, Jews, and the LGBT community.
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) August 29, 2016
One of the group’s primary leaders, Rebecca Barnette, gleefully expressed these beliefs on a social media profile hosted by Russian site vk.com, known as a hotbed for white supremacist activity due to its lack of censorship. Therein, the White Lives Matter advocate and director of the women’s division of America’s largest neo-Nazi group refers to the Holocaust as the “Holihoax” and posts drawings of the White House decked out in swastikas. One post advises “Aryan women” to not upload racy images of themselves to social media as they are “the elite of the human species, not wh**es.”
Meet the neo-Nazi jackwagons that helped to put Trump where he is today… White Nationalism is code for Naziism. https://t.co/Fdsj1ME9PS
— Shawn Branch (@gntlman) August 8, 2016
Several racist comments directed toward the black community are also found in Barnette’s recent post history. During the blowout over Melania Trump’s alleged plagiarism of Michelle Obama’s speech, she referred to the current first lady as the “first ape.” Later, she sounded off over Obama’s decision to meet with members of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“It should be apparent to the world…Obama is for the ni**ers…how is this so apparent? He brought blm terrorist leaders into the white house for a 3 hour closed door meeting.”
— (((K Fernholz))) (@k_fernholz) August 28, 2016
Some of the White Lives Matter leader’s posts go beyond offensive language to openly advocate violence. In one post highlighted by the SPLC report, the neo-Nazi theorizes that Jews and Muslims have joined together to “commit genocide of epic proportions against white people” and must be stopped by using “the blood of our enemies [to] soak our soil to form new mortar to rebuild our landmasses.”
— Cool Breeze (@CoolBreezeAnon) August 22, 2016
Even without these revealing posts, critics had already pointed to several other indications that White Lives Matter had a strong association with white supremacist groups.
Earlier this month, the group organized a protest in Houston to rally against the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for its “failure in speaking out against the atrocities [committed by] organizations like Black Lives Matter.” While White Lives Matter participants rejected the notion that their manifestation was racist in nature, analysts pointed out that a variety of white supremacist symbology was present at the event.
Several White Lives Matter protesters were seen wearing something similar to the the Blood Drop Cross, one of the primary icons of the Ku Klux Klan. Additionally, another participant held a sign that read “14 Words,” a reference to a popular white supremacist slogan.
“We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”
These guys let their Confederate flags fly.
— Fusion (@Fusion) August 22, 2016
The Southern Poverty Law Center will officially add White Lives Matter to its “hate map” in February, where it will join nearly 1,000 other neo-Nazi, anti-LGBT, and other hate groups which target specific classes of American citizens.
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