SPLC to label White Lives Matter hate group, Tennessee cited as home to leadership
The Southern Poverty Law Center has announced the organization will be adding White Lives Matter to its 2017 hate group list and "hate map."
In an editor's note added to a March report on WLM, the SPLC calls White Lives Matter a "white supremacist group founded by people with long histories in racist movements."
The March report by SPLC states the WLM movement could be a "pet project" of the Texas-based neo-Nazi group Aryan Renaissance Society (ARS), which allegedly encourages the spread of the WLM message.
The report also states a Tennessee could be home base for the White Lives Matter group. SPLC cites a 40-year-old woman from Surgoinsville as a member of ARS who ran one of the WLM Facebook pages before it was shut down. According to the report, SPLC says "it's clear" the woman is "one of its key leaders, if not the leader." Contact information for WLM is only listed as the group's Twitter account, @WLMcom. The page did respond to the SPLC declaration, stating "Of course @splcenter would classify #WhiteLivesMatter as a hate group. #DiversityForIsrael!"
The White Lives Matter website states the group is a "place for people of European decent to learn about the issues" and "supports breeding practices that improve fitness, opposes dysgenic immigration, and takes a libertarian stance on other right wing gripes that don’t directly turn the population non-White." The site is self-described as not being a "white supremacist" website, and also explains it is not Antisemitic since they are opposing Jewish aggression and "Jews are generally likeable."
SPLC is based in Montgomery, Alabama and was founded by civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. in 1971.