The Far-Right ‘White Lives Matter’ Rally Flopped in Fort Worth. Now, They Want a Redo.
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Earlier this month, a right-wing “White Lives Matter” rally in Fort Worth attracted a total of four supporters. In the end, the counter-protesters from the White Lives Matter group outnumbered them.
After the rally failed, an organizer sent a few voice notes to the Telegram group that organized the event. She wasn’t happy about the turnout and described her white people as “damn pussies” according to a journalist.
It was not clear whether one of the rallies planned in Houston or New Braunfels would even be well received. Across the country, protests from New York to Huntington Beach either only brought out a handful of people or attracted no followers at all.
Failure or not, the self-described championship race is planning to repeat next month.
Ahead of the first rally, the Texas-based channels of White Lives Matter on the Telegram messaging app went to great lengths to insist that they were not holding fascist views and were merely concerned about the welfare of white Americans. This time? Not as much.
In a post announcing rallies for May 8th at 9 a.m., the WLM_USA_TEXAS channel rekindled an ancient white nationalist propaganda: the conviction that people of color and immigrants are pursuing a highly organized plan to systematically cultivate the white population replace.
“Every moment you speak publicly about anything other than white replacement is a moment you weigh on our children’s future,” they wrote [sic].
Elsewhere, the broadcaster shared a quote from the white nationalist icon David Lane, the so-called “14 words,” which are often used in neo-Nazi propaganda. Never heard of it? It’s a curious little phrase that goes like this: “We have to secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”
On a channel devoted to organizing the White Lives Matter rally in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, administrators admitted the initial protest did not go “exactly as planned” but insisted that it “create an atmosphere.” compatible with white unity ”.
Even so, the administrators asked other whites to actually stand up for their cause and this time show up. “We all play a role in this mass awakening,” they wrote.
Prior to the final round of White Lives Matter rallies, anti-fascist activists infiltrated their telegram networks, lured them into fake accounts, and helped sabotage events before they ever happened.
“This time will be different – tighter scrutiny and serious commitment to solidarity,” said WLM_USA_TEXAS_DFW.
In a later post, the group shared a propaganda video that appeared to clarify the idea that a racial war was going on in the country. Along with a dramatic electronic music soundtrack, videos from Pride parades, and clips from protests against Black Lives Matter, the video was titled, “Get up, white man [sic]. ”
The video also encouraged whites to read anti-Semitic literature, such as books written by former Klansman David Duke and the founder of the American NSDAP, George Lincoln Rockwell.
“The time for debate is over,” says the headline. “They are not removed by voting. They want to see you dead. Defend your race. “
In a propaganda poster posted on the nationwide channel, the group commended Fox News talk show host Tucker Carlson for promoting the white genocide conspiracy theory. “Tucker Carlson is right about replacing white,” says the poster.
Like last time, the Houston Channel was less shy about their neo-Nazism. This channel shared a video titled “Adolf – The Unifier” that begins with the image of a Nazi flag waving in the wind. The video praises the German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
In 2016, several white nationalist groups gathered around the White Lives Matter banner and hosted protests in Houston and Austin, including armed demonstrations in front of an NAACP in Houston and the local Anti-Defamation League office.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based watchdog, says White Lives Matter is a “racist response” to the Black Lives Matter movement. The group estimates that there were at least 54 active hate groups in Texas last year, including white nationalists, neo-Nazis, anti-immigrant organizations and clan groups.
There is good news, however. On the Dallas-Fort Worth Channel, only six people responded to a post measuring interest in the event.
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