*Under the banner “White Lives Matter,” several dozen Confederate flag-waving protesters gathered in Houston’s Third Ward to protest the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
According to local news reports, roughly 20 people – some with assault rifles, showed up outside of Houston’s NAACP office on Sunday. “We came here because the NAACP headquarters is here and that’s one of the most racist groups in America,” Scott Lacy, a White Lives Matter member, told KPRC-TV.
Examples they cited were the NAACP’s response to Black Lives Matter protests, protester Ken Reed told the Houston Chronicle. He said BLM and other organizations have resulted in the “attack and killing of police officers, the burning down of cities and things of that nature.”
Eventually, a group of black community members congregated across the street. An African-American man walked up to the barricade and began asking the White Lives Matters crowd questions, the Chronicle reported.
By the time police tried to disperse the White Lives Matter supporters, Third Ward residents were pushing back against the protest, citing recent officer-involved shootings that have left African Americans dead.
Once the others dispersed, a group of African-American and white locals gathered in the parking lot of a church nearby to pray.
Watch video from the protest below: