Saturday, in Tennessee, there were to be two White Lives Matter rallies. The first in Shelbyville, Tennessee, was met with a much larger counter-protest. Both sides remained peaceful and there were no incidents of violence. Around one in the afternoon, the White Lives Matter rally ended and the protesters boarded their bus and left. They were supposed to head to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for a second rally. but that rally was cancelled. While many white supremacists support the White Lives Matter movement, the question must be asked: Is the White Lives Matter movement, itself, racist?
Those who feel the White Lives Matter movement is not racist argue that White Lives Matter is no different than Black Lives Matter. They feel that if African-Americans can protest and fight for their rights, why can’t white people.? They feel if minorities can be proud of who they are and where their people came from, then so should white people. Also, if movements such as White Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter sat down and talked and listened to each other, then maybe some real progress could be made about race relations in this country.
People who feel that White Lives Matter is racist argue that the driving force behind the movement is white supremacy, so the movement must be racist. They argue that, to compare it to Black Lives Matter is wrong, because Black Lives Matter is about protesting police brutality, and the police aren’t beating and shooting unarmed white people. Also, they feel it is racist because many protesters carry Nazi symbols and chant Nazi slogans. Finally, it is racist because the protests to them are about maintaining white power over minorities.
People should be proud of their heritage no matter their origin. Pride in a person’s heritage is not racist in itself, but you should not take pride in the shameful acts of your ancestors. When you promote and use symbols and chants of groups who butchered countless people in the past, in the name of genetic superiority, then that is racist. Is the White Lives Matter movement racist? We will have to judge it by its actions.
In this clip, CBS News covers White Lives Matter rallies in Tennessee:
Is the White Lives Matter movement racist? Is the movement a display of pride and a fight for the rights of white people, or is this just white supremacy trying to overshadow the Black Lives Matter movement?
White Lives Matter is not a racist movement
People who feel White Lives Matter is not racist say that the movement is about fighting for the rights of white people. They feel that they are also showing off their pride in their heritage.
What's wrong with white lives matter? They don't have the right to march and speak on behalf of their race? Every other race can march and speak on behalf of their race, why can't white people?
— Tim Bowden (@gogreen200086) October 29, 2017
White lives matter & will support that right/claim just as other races/cultures do. We can learn from each other or hate/fight-Let's learn https://t.co/LSYRrOkbyW
— HonorableSusan7 (@AutumnRainTwo) October 29, 2017
i support white lives matter, im hispanic but fair is fair, if we're gonna have blm and raza etc, then why not, WLM WLM WLM!! https://t.co/a9iHa7CIUW
— SD MC Wiess (@MediciC32) October 28, 2017
White Lives Matter is a racist movement
Those who feel White Lives Matter is racist say that it is just another display by white supremacists. They say that the protesters are using Nazi symbols and chants so it must be racist.
This is everything wrong with your White Lives Matter nonsense! Racist angry white males trying to re-live Jim Crow. Pathetic trash. https://t.co/N9M3i54jtv
— Felicia McGinty (@FeliciaMcGinty) October 29, 2017
"White lives matter"? What a joke. Do yall face discrimination?? Cause the way our country is going, my kids will. Theyre mex am n irish.
— Amanda Sykes Davis (@AmandaDavis719) October 29, 2017
Don't you dare say #WhiteLivesMatter is NOT racist. If you're protesting with people w/Nazi flags screaming racist remarks, you're racist.
— Brian Krassenstein🐬 (@krassenstein) October 28, 2017
Don't say #WhiteLivesMatter isn't a racist movement when the people marching to your left are chanting "blood and soil" and the people to your right are holding Nazi flags.
— Ed Krassenstein 💎 (@EdKrassen) October 28, 2017
Do you think the White Lives Matter movement is racist?