The Southern Poverty Law Center is right to list White Lives Matter as a hate group.
The SPLC officially has decided to include WLM in its next update of the “Hate Map,” according to The Huffington Post. This map is a publication that tracks the location and existence of hate groups in the United States.
A “Hate Group,” as defined by the SPLC, is a group that has “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.” They partake in activities including “criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing.”
Basing an evaluation solely on these definitions, WLM clearly belongs on the Hate Map.
Heidi Beirich, director of the center's Intelligence Report, told the Houston Chronicle, “I can't speak to how many chapters will be listed, but it's clear that the leadership of the group, the ends of the group -- it's just a flat-out white supremacist group.”
WLM members would have to agree with Beirich’s assessment of the group.
Rebecca Barnett, a Tennessee native, is one of the leaders of the WLM movement.
After organizing a rally in Buffalo, New York, Barnett said, “We're trying to get people up and motivated and back out in the community working together. ... Rebuilding society the way it should be, to put us back at the top. I mean, America first and foremost, but yes I mean putting white people back up at the top,” according to TWC News.
Yes, Barnett actually said that out loud.
The racist white supremacy group was formed in response to the popular Black Lives Matter movement. BLM, according to its website, “is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.”
The Houston Chronicle explains that the intention of BLM is to emphasize the belief that all people are equal and deserve equal respect.
WLM blatantly defies equality by asserting white people’s dominance in the world.
Many WLM fliers read, “It’s not racist to love your people,” according SPLC. The tagline suggests that the identified hate group simply wants followers to celebrate their race or culture.
Acts of ignorance and violence associated with the group, however, prove that WLM is not a celebration of whiteness, but rather a hatred of anyone non-white.
In Anaheim, California, a van sporting the WLM label sat in a park, its owners protesting “illegal immigration and Muslims,” according to a blog on SPLC’s website.
WLM deserves to receive Hate Group classification. In designating its efforts as such, the SPLC will increase awareness of the group’s ignorance and injustice.