Armed with guns and shouldering rebel flags, the group “White Lives Matter” protested outside a Texas chapter of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People in a mostly black area of Houston.
An organizer for the group, Ken Reed, told The Houston Chronicle they were protesting the NAACP’s “failure in speaking out against the atrocities that organizations like Black Lives Matter and other pro-black organizations have caused.”
Reed pointed to the recent shooting in Dallas in which a man who claimed to be angry over high-profile police shootings of black men and a desire to kill white people opened fire on police during a Black Lives Matter demonstration. He killed five people and injured 11.
Black Lives Matter originated in 2013 following the high profile shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin by an armed neighborhood watch captain. The group organizes campaigns to protest systematic racism toward black people.
“If they’re going to be a civil rights organization and defend their people, they also need to hold their people accountable,” Reed said and added his group was not there representing hate despite displaying imagery long associated with hate groups.
Article updated Aug. 22, 2016, at 3 pm CST