It is important for people to be aware of their surroundings, but more so, to be aware when you have hate groups who usually end up going to their jobs at some point, or other places where non-whites usually go. Just as the FBI has their Most Wanted posters of those we should be aware of, it was necessary for the public to be made aware of members of the white supremacist group that call themselves “White Lives Matter II”. The “II” are actually to signify two lightening bolts (a white supremacist hate symbol) but social media doesn’t recognize lightening bolts so the group chose to use the double I’s. Cute, huh?
QUICK UPDATE ABOUT THE BLM COUNTER PROTEST OCT. 1, 2016
The White Lives Matter group initially protested at the NAACP Houston Chapter on a Sunday afternoon when the business was CLOSED. Black Lives Matter Houston chose to not counter that protest however when WLM decided to protest at the Anti Defamation League, BLMHOU decided to step up and counter this time around. Both the NAACP Houston Chapter and the Anti Defamation League here in Houston have NOT graced their support to Black Lives Matter/Black Lives Matter Houston. The NAACP held a press conference the day following the WLM protest asking for money. A journalist/writer for Free Press Houston even attempted to get a straight answer from James Douglas, President of the NAACP Houston Chapter concerning the support for BLM Houston and she was met with deflected answers, never getting the answer that was desired. But again, they had no problem asking that money be sent to continue to support the NAACP so they could continue to combat racism, etc, although the NAACP has been extremely quiet concerning police violence in the Houston and surrounding areas. The protest was about BLACK LIVES MATTER. Had the WLM group been smart and actually done some research, they would have learned that BLM Houston held their own protest against the NAACP earlier in the year after the ALEX Award was given to Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson who has built her career on incarcerating black men and women. WLM has yet to do proper research, like the NAACP, the Anti Defamation League (ADL) has also been extremely quiet where it concerns support of Black Lives Matter Houston. This time around, BLM and other Houston groups were not going to let WLM host their action without a counter action. In front of the ADL, Houston police had both groups separated by barricades. In the middle originally, was media set between both groups in order to gain footage and obtain interviews from both sides until an organizer from Black Lives Matter Houston jumped the barricades and made his way over to the WLM group, who was taunting BLM activists like small children tend to do when they know they’re protected. Police ran to Greg Chatham, the BLM organizer, and had him placed back over the barricades without arrest. Later the same WLM children taunted two Black Panthers as they made their way back to their vehicles which nearly led to a brawl. Of course a few members of WLM stayed well behind the barricades but stood in place acting as if they were going to buck up to the two Panthers, knowing the police would protect Hitler’s minions. As the protest continued, both sides yelled back and forth. Most of the time WLM leader Ken Reed kept fiddling with the siren on his bullhorn, seemingly more interested in playing with his toy rather than to stand up and be a real man, facing the group he hates most. Cece Von Girton was seen dancing often when BLM would chant insults at the WLM group. The BLM side held at least 50 protesters while WLM was lucky if they had 15 participants. WLM initially set up the protest for 5.5 hours, hosting it on a Saturday, again when the business was CLOSED, from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. The WLM group decided to pack up their protest and leave close to 3 p.m. Black Lives Matter withstood the protest, refusing to stand down, refusing to be the first ones to depart. Days after, WLM took to social media, patting themselves on the back, one moment claiming a win over BLM but shortly after, they were pleading to the public that more people needed to show up to their events, and how they didn’t have a good turnout. Boo hoo.
We set out to build a family photo album detailing who each of these participants were, within White Lives Matter. Each of these photo’s were taken from every single Facebook account that belongs to the person listed below. None of the photo’s were altered as you will see. Many of them fit descriptions of meth heads or just a really bad scene taken out of the movie Deliverance or Wrong Turn. See for yourself.
Because Facebook originally BANNED me for sharing the family album using the Facebook photo upload, I felt it was better to group them here then share. Freedom of press? We shall see in the coming days whether Facebook will side with the Nazi group as they’ve been doing lately. On another note, the White Lives Matter II page looks to be taken down. There looks to be a WLM III page now up however it’s pretty buttoned up. Cowards generally don’t believe in being transparent but link here if you want to see why they’ve been labeled a hate group.
Many people generally don’t care about elections concerning county district attorney’s. Some trust that the county attorney is doing their jobs accordingly but never really take the time to research just who they are electing into office. Well, it is time that everyone got to know who Devon Anderson is and why she is so dangerous for Harris County.
Devon Anderson was married to Mike Anderson who originally led as Harris County’s top attorney. Mike succumbed to cancer in August 2013. By September 26, 2013, then Governor Rick Perry appointed Devon Anderson as Harris County District Attorney. Devon said she wanted to fulfill promises made by her husband to restore confidence in the DA’s office. Devon went on to say “We fight for justice for crime victims. We follow the law. We base our decisions on the law and the evidence, not on politics, not on popularity.” That statement echos continuous manipulation, lies, and deceit told by Devon, as we would see years later after taking office. In 2014, Devon Anderson won her first election. By then, Devon began making herself comfortable, hell bent on ignoring needed justice for victims killed by racist police while criminalizing the black and brown communities in record numbers.
Monday, September 26, Devon Anderson, who is fighting to keep her position as District Attorney agreed to her one and only DA debate against Kim Ogg, who ran against Devon in 2014 and is running ection cycle. Devon controlled the entire platform of the debate with the exception of allowing Kim to utilize Facebook Live on her page so that the the debate could be seen live by Kim supporters. Black Lives Matter Houston chapters #BLMHOU and #BLMHTX were both in attendance. Both entities have joined forces to push the #ByeDevon campaign which focuses on removing Harris County’s top prosecutor from her position. In March 2016, Chicago activists moved forward with their #ByeAnita campaign to remove DA Anita Alvarez from office. Their efforts gained them a big win as Anita was ousted from the DA’s office, losing to Kim Foxx. Anita was most known as the DA who his the Laquan McDonald video from the public for 13 months defending Laquan’s murders, the police in this case. The video later proved that officers murdered him in plain view. It was at the time the video was released that the community had enough and chose to work to remove Anita from office. The same is happening now in Houston, Harris County. Houston activists have been working feverishly to have Devon removed from office in November. A lot of information provided at Monday’s DA debate was already known however there was crucial information which the public is simply unaware. It is important to push what was learned in order to make an educated voting decision. Devon also hired 5 personal security agents, assuming Black Lives Matter was planning on rioting at the debate. This was not the case of either chapter but that didn’t stop the usual ‘activist officer detail’ (HPD & CID) from attending the debate to watch over activists.
Devon recently came under fire for re-victimizing a victim of rape. The young woman was placed in Harris County jail because Devon wanted to ensure a ‘win at all cost’ against her rapist. Devon continued to defend her action by stating, ” the victim testified, and her bravery helped get a serial rapist off the street.” Meanwhile the victim had been beaten and ridiculed while in jail. After the beating, she was placed in solitary confinement, worsening the victim’s mental condition. Harris County medical staff did not properly care for the victim, not offering her mental healthcare treatment. Rather than Devon own up to her mistakes and the mistakes of ADA’s, Devon continued to point the finger at the victim claiming that she was homeless and concerned that they wouldn’t be able to locate her. As news spread of the incident, Devon became more defensive and erratic, attempting to deflect inquiries, constantly placing blame back on the rape victim. She also continued to brag about the rapist conviction in spite of all of this. But at what cost? A young woman was raped, thrown in jail so that a DA could score a win, beaten, bullied, held in solitary confinement and then blamed by the same DA for the actions led by Devon. This could happen to any of our loved ones. For a DA to utilize this horrible treatment towards rape victims, shows Devon to be at least, inhumane. At most, she should be jailed, stripped of her license by the Texas Bar Association. During the debate, Devon had an opportunity to make the matter right. Instead, Devon became angry and defensive, once again deflecting by pointing out flaws of Kim Ogg. Devon never took full responsibility of her actions. That is extremely dangerous!
HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING
Houston leads the country as number one in human trafficking. To hear that was staggering. To hear how Devon is treating this matter was astonishing. In 2015 only 7 cases of human trafficking were filed in Harris County. In 2016, only 4 cases were filed. However, Devon had no problem targeting prostitutes. She filed 4,000 prostitution cases. Only 100 cases were filed against pimps. Most cases were dealt with on FEDERAL level so Devon has had little to no impact in Harris County, helping Houston jump to the number one spot for human trafficking. Devon’s primary focus has been on prostitutes, not the men running these women on the streets. 4,000 prostitution cases vs 100 pimp cases shows obvious corruption.
Recently the US Supreme Court ruled that defendants should not be held in jail because they cannot afford to pay a bondsman to get out. Over 75% of people in Harris County jail are pretrial detainees. Individuals can be in jail for the smallest of things. Devon has continued to oppose PR (personal recognizance) bonds, falling back citing it’s policy to push back against PR bonds. However individuals who have murdered another can bond out for $30k and if they have the money to get out, they can. This is clearly a case of targeting the poor for simply being poor. It is the poor who will suffer most. In many cases, a trial isn’t set for 6 months to even a year. This means the person must sit in jail the entire time, separating them from work and loved ones while conditioning their mindset to prison status. Black males make up 43% of the prison population at Harris County Jail as charged by the DA’s office in 2015. Meanwhile only 13% of whites have been prosecuted in 2015 although whites are the majority in Harris County. By now we know that the system is about money. It is no joke that Devon continues to squeeze x, y, z taxpayer to house pretrial detainees. It costs $202 a day to house detainees. Annually taxpayers pay over $73k for one inmate. Harris County jail is over populated so much that officials had to move many inmates to neighboring Fort Bend County jail. People should be outraged that their money is being wasted as it is however Devon isn’t concerned about the taxpayer dollars as Devon has increased the DA budget by 20%, now to $79 million., making no apologies to the public, only excuses. The DA budget for 2015-2016 was originally set for $67 million.
Just to give a quick overview of criminal cases in Harris County and the continued lacking of cases filed by Devon. Burglary and robbery prosecution cases have decreased while both categories have increased in rate.
2015 – Robberies 1.9% (1,964 cases filed)
2016 – Robberies 1.79% (1,138 cases filed – that’s 826 less cases filed though crime is up)
2015 – Burglaries 2.4% (2,404 cases filed)
2016 – Burglaries 2.1% (1,352 cases filed – that’s 1,052 less cases filed though crime is up)
Maybe Devon is too busy prosecuting prostitutes and black people to pay attention to robbery and burglary cases in Harris County.
POLICE VIOLENCE & BLACK LIVES MATTER
In Harris County there have been 300 no-bills (non indictments of Houston police) since 2005. Though Devon has only been in office since 2013, she supports law enforcement 100% with no questions asked or any doubt in her mind to any wrongdoing by police. She freed Jordan Bakers killer. Jordan was a 26 year old black man who was murdered by HPD Officer Castro in January 2014. Castro used the typical “I feared for my life” excuse as he claimed Jordan reached for his waistband. Castro was no billed right before Christmas in 2015. Ashtian Barnes was a 24 year old black male who was murdered by Pct 5 Officer Roberto Felix in April 2016. Video shared to the public only after the grand jury ruling showed Ashtian was also murdered when shooting the young man was unnecessary. Officer Felix was no-billed in August 2016. Alva Braziel was murdered by Houston Police in July 2016. A grand jury has not met to determine whether an officer will be indicted however history has proven that Harris County does not like holding police officers accountable. The Harris Co ME (Medical Examiner) office is refusing to release the autopsy report to Alva’s wife, further concerning local activists and the public that something more sinister took place the night Alva was murdered. If no-billing murderous police officers wasn’t enough, Devon took to media on August 2015 shortly after Officer Darren Goforth was murdered, blaming Black Lives Matter for his death. Her claim caused death threats and personal public information shared online towards activists. Demands for an apology were constructed but Devon refused, telling KHOU channel 11 news “I am not apologizing to Black Lives Matter!” During her Monday night debate, Devon continued the rhetoric, claiming that it (the blaming of BLM) would be presented at the trial against the Shannon Miles who murdered Goforth. Without any real proof or evidence that BLM had anything to do with the murder of Goforth, Devon continues her blasphemous gossip. Instead of Devon holding police responsible for actually killing people, she would rather divert responsibility to Black Lives Matter. It is safe to say that Devon Anderson doesn’t care about black people.
LEADERSHIP OF THE DA’S OFFICE
Quick numbers just to give you an idea of how white our DA’s office is:
Harris County = 33% White – Represents 87% in DAO
Harris County – 19% Black – Represents 5% in DAO
Harris County = 41% Latino – Represents 3% in DAO
Harris County = 6% Asian – Represents 5% in DAO
Harris County = 1% Other – Represents 0% in DAO
I think the numbers speak for themselves. White Lives Matter to Devon Anderson.
THE DEVON LIST
Re-victimizing a rape victim.
Human trafficking #1 in Houston due to lack of prosecution by Devon.
Harris Co jail overcrowding.
Attempted to bypass the Texas Constitution through her Southlawn Gang Injunction lawsuit which she later dropped.
Under Devon, blacks make up majority in Harris Co jail. Jailed for remedial crimes.
Refuses bail reform.
DAO under Devon represents majority white employment. 87% White employees? (I’d love to see human resources files)
Refuses to hold Houston/Harris police accountable for violence.
Each year, robbery and burglary cases filed under Devon have dropped dramatically although crime rates continue to soar.
Hopefully this sheds some light (or darkness) on what we are currently dealing with in Harris County. NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT OF KIM OGG.
Chances are, if you’re involved in community activism, Black Lives Matter, social awareness, anti police brutality or just about anything that calls out corruption of the system and/or government, you are going to get put in Facebook jail a time or two, or three, or more. Facebook started out as being the building block of real social media, connecting people worldwide by sharing photo’s, post updates about life in general. You were not required to use your full government name and Facebook certainly didn’t censor or punish you as they do today. Mark Zuckerberg made his billions off of stolen ideas then became a publicly traded company. I knew then that Facebook was going to shift and not in a positive way.
Social media has played an intricate role in spreading social awareness and protests that sparked up all over the world. Social media was crucial in helping the Occupy movement grow worldwide as it did. With the help of Twitter and YouTube, more and more information began pouring out about corruption in our own system whether it was concerning posts that informed the public of x, y, z violations taking place against protesters or video’s of police officers manhandling peaceful protesters all over the country or the seering images of a college police officer intentionally spraying peaceful protesters in the face with pepper spray. Not long after, video’s would go viral of various police officers abusing their power by brutalizing a minority or even downright murdering an unarmed man as we saw with Walter Scott and Eric Garner. Then Facebook demanded that an individual with a Facebook account be required to use their government name otherwise the individual would no longer be able to access their account. Facebook also tested out their own facial recognition program that is still used today. Take a photo, upload it and test it out to see for yourself. Many photo’s uploaded have already pre-tagged people in the photo without you ever clicking a button. Does it sound like “Big Brother” to you yet?
As some movements faded out, more movements sparked ahead. In America, Black Lives Matter came to be a popular term among the movers and the shakers who wanted to see police violence change in this country – for police officers to be held accountable for misuse of power and outright murdering of the black community. Social media continued to be used to spread the word like wildfire informing others of the ongoing’s taking place. Faceboo soon came out with the “Facebook Live” feature that allowed people to record live events taking place by the user. For most people, it’s just a cool feature to post mindless chatter. To others, this tool would be used to document police once again misusing their power. For example, Philando Castile was murdered live on Facebook after his girlfriend began recording the interaction between the officer and Castile. Castile’s girlfriend is heard saying that Castile told the officer he has a CHL and had a gun concealed in his vehicle. When the officer demanded his ID, Castile reached for his wallet and was immediately shot by the officer. The video of Castile’s murder went viral within minutes. Not even an hour after the video was spreading across the world, Facebook removed the content from the girlfriend’s account. Later Facebook would claim it was just a “glitch”.
A few months ago Mark Zuckerberg announced that he would be running an investigation internally within his company over several complaints of censorship, especially where it concerned Black Lives Matter activists. Many cited that their posts would be taken down by staff of Facebook claiming that the posts “didn’t comply with community standards” although many posts never violated those standards. Unfortunately as quickly as Zuckerberg announced the investigation, the issue went dead and we never heard anything more about it. Clearly this was a ploy to save face and pretend that Facebook wasn’t acting as fascists, censoring free speech among users because to date, Facebook staff has continued to remove content that doesn’t violate community standards while turning a blind eye to other users who use open, blunt racial slurs, threats, and explicit sexual comments.
December 2015 I had been banned 6 times by Facebook. What happens is that an individual sees a post or a photo/meme they deem inappropriate and they “report” the content to Facebook. Facebook generally reviews the report within 6 hours and makes a determination whether they’re going to remove the content or let it remain. Take into account if you have an individual who is constantly trolling your page daily reporting every item you post, including photo’s, video’s and comments, it is easy for Facebook to ban you. Since December, my primary account was banned a couple more times but most recently, I received a 30 day ban by Facebook and their reason for the ban was astonishing! At this point I realized that Facebook employee’s are not only censoring material, but taking posts personal and banning a person because of it. A couple of weeks ago racial slurs were tossed at a group of black individuals who had enough of these slurs. Seeing the reactions of these white supremacists were quite comical and I posted a comment “They are MAD! White ppl mad. That’s scary!” Within 4 hours I was banned 30 days from Facebook.
The problem is that the Facebook employee lacks any real training on how to do their job without being a biased, racist, fascist asshole. I’ve reported content when called a “ni**er lover” and received feedback claiming that it didn’t violate community standards. Recently a man was upset with a mattress company in San Antonio because they recorded a commercial that basically made light of the 9/11 event by using mattresses as the twin towers only to have people fall into the mattresses, resembling the towers coming down. This commercial was advertised by the owners daughter who was in the video with two male employees, attempting to push a 9/11 sale. It backfired and since the commercial aired, the company has been closed indefinitely. People across the country have taken to Facebook to air their issues with the mattress company by writing one star reviews on the company Facebook page. I crossed several posts that all mimicked the same sentiments until I crossed one that really upset me. A man by the name of Bert Falcor had written that he hoped that the children of those in the commercial were to get raped. That statement alone sent me boiling. You just do not say that about children. What kind of sick person would wish that on a child? It was one thing to be upset with the participants of the commercial but to echo these sentiments towards innocent children really struck me. Though I rarely report content on Facebook, I couldn’t help but report this to Facebook. Above that, Bert was commenting on other reviews telling one user how if “they came to New York, he’d f*ck them in the ass”. Basically bullying anyone who had an opinion that didn’t align with his. By morning Facebook responded stated that the post did not violate community standards.
By Sunday evening I received a notification from Facebook once more claiming that they removed my post because it violated community standards. When I saw the post, I realized that a Facebook employee took my post personal when I spoke out against Facebook for refusing to remove the content posted by Bert Saturday night. I included FB workers being pedophiles for refusing to remove content referring to the rape of children as well as calling them Fascists. Facebook didn’t take that too kindly and removed the post.
Moments later I received another notification from Facebook citing that the images they’ve chosen “might contain nudity” and I needed to verify whether the photo’s contained any nude images.
Petty is a word that comes to mind when I think of Facebook these days. As frustrating as it has become to be under a microscope via Facebook, it almost impossible to communicate with anyone if you’re not using social media so what do we do here? I’ve heard some say that we the people should create our own Facebook. As good as it sounds, anything that will bring a million users will eventually be corrupted by Big Brother/our government for the sake of spying or keeping tabs on individuals who refuse to conform to being a sheep. As a kids born in the 70’s, I miss the days of the use of telephones, pagers, personal communication. Analog wasn’t as easy to track and though social media has been wonderful for connecting many people, it has also blown the door wide open for constant surveillance, for internet trolls who hate anything out of the social norm and much more. I guess one way of dealing with the insanity of Facebook is just to deactivate the Facebook account and walk away or… there is always MySpace.
Houston Harris County: Across the nation groups and movements have been protesting against police violence for at least a couple of years now. The constant reports of minorities being gunned down by trigger happy officers mixed with the daily images that blanket social media with video’s of black/brown men/women being brutalized and murdered in cold blood has become the norm. It is almost expected and excepted today. These images continue to desensitized the masses who are eagerly looking for any tiny excuse to demonize the victim, echoing their strong support for the murdering gang in blue. The excuses for that support are pretty mind numbing. We live in a society where mainstream media pours disinformation and lies 24 hours a day. It doesn’t take much research to learn the truth and/or facts but this is our world today. The lazy, uneducated, desensitized, overly emotional, self centered, hypocritical, closed minded, biased, anti anything that’s not “Christian” or not white United States of America and many people are getting fed up with these types of individuals who continue to make our country look its worst.
I’ve constantly stated that education is key to waking up the masses. But as it seems, many of us are having to work overtime to fight against systematic racism and a judicial system that caters to the white community. Our numbers are small in comparison to other countries where a whole nation will show up to oust their corrupted gov’t or officials. Sadly, in Houston it’s even worse because of the laid back atmosphere and attitude of “well, I’m not affected so why bother”. Problem is, a large amount of people know someone who has been directly affected by systematic racism which had a domino effect into the oppressive judicial system, especially in Texas.
Meet Harris County DA Devon Anderson
Governor Rick Perry appointed Devon Anderson as Harris County District Attorney on September 26, 2013 after Devon’s husband who was the original sitting District Attorney, had passed away. On November 4, 2014, Anderson was reelected to her first term which officially began in January 2015. In less than 3 years of her career as DA, Anderson has tarnished the city of Houston Harris County’s image when it comes to the judicial system and especially minorities. June 9, 2015 Devon Anderson dropped capital murder charges against Alfred Dewayne Brown and he was released shortly thereafter after being accused of murdering Officer Clark. The Texas Criminal Court of Appeals overturned Brown’s conviction in November 2014 because of evidence withheld during his trial in 2005.On August 2015, Anderson alongside Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman held a press conference after Officer Darren Goforth was murdered in Northwest Houston. In that press conference, both Anderson and Hickman pointed fingers directly at Black Lives Matter activists. This dangerous rhetoric caused many threats to trickle down to local Houston activists and forced a plea deal with the State by two local activists who would not have had a fair jury trial due to the sentiments led by Anderson and Hickman. Hickman later apologized for his statement however Devon Anderson went on record citing that she “refuses to apologize to Black Lives Matter” when local media contacted her office for a response to the demand for an apology by Houston activists. To date, BLM has yet to receive any kind of apology by Anderson. Anderson nearly leads the country in jail overcrowding and incarceration of black men in the Harris County Jail located in downtown Houston. Jail overcrowding has been so bad that there has been talk of moving some inmates to the Fort Bend County jail to help with the overflow of inmates. Not only does the overcrowding prove that Houston has a problem, but it is costing the taxpayer millions annually to house inmates in jail for something as small as jay walking, being homeless, not updating an address on a drivers license. Not to mention, Anderson’s overcrowded population comes largely by inmates who are waiting for trial but cannot afford to get bailed out. Basically it is an issue of the system oppressing the poor for the smallest of crimes. Though many complaints were launched to Devon Anderson, she continued to ignore these cries by inmates affected most along with their families. The most recent damning evidence of oppression by Anderson comes by a young rape victim who was placed in Harris Co jail after having a breakdown on the witness stand. Anderson claims that she was using this young woman as a witness to convict her rapist. Instead of seeing to it that the victim was cared for, to receive psychological treatment and more, Anderson threw the young woman in jail and tossed the key. The prosecutor was more worried about the victim disappearing, not testifying against the rapist so they put her in jail. The young woman received a black eye after being attacked by another inmate then was placed in segregation for protection. This only did more damage to the victim. Since it was learned that this took place, a lawsuit has been filed against Anderson/Harris Co. A District Attorney was more worried about her career and convictions than a rape victim. That alone should speak in volumes of her professional and personal character. Anderson has offered nothing but excuses since the lawsuit was filed and media began raking Anderson over the coals.
ANDERSON CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR MURDEROUS POLICE OFFICERS
January 16, 2014, 26 year old Jordan Baker was riding around on his bicycle in northwest Houston. An off-duty officer Juventino Castro of considering Baker a suspect because he was a black man in a hoodie. Video released 13 months later by former city of Houston Mayor Annise Parker shows Jordan at a strip center, riding his bike. The grainy video doesn’t show any kind of confrontation however Officer Castro claimed that he “feared for his life when Jordan reached for his waistband”. The typical rhetoric that we hear each time a person is murdered by police. Jordan was unarmed. On January 23, 2014, Officer Castro was no-billed by a Harris Co Grand Jury. A civil lawsuit against the city was filed a month later by Janet Baker, mother of Jordan Baker.
April 28, 2016 Harris Co Pct 5 Officer Roberto Felix pulled over 23 year old Ashtian Barnes claiming that the vehicle had “toll violations” although Ashtian stated that the car he was in was a rental car. Video footage nor the officers name was never released until after a grand jury no billed officer Felix on August 31, 2016. Information was intentionally kept from the public because the county stated that they didn’t want the outcome of the hearing to be affected by releasing the name of the officer or the dashcam video. Felix claimed that Ashtian reached for his hand that was on his gun, which caused Felix to fear for his life and shoot Ashtian in the chest. Felix also claimed that Ashtian began to drive off which caused the officer to retrieve his weapon and begin shooting. Then the video was released on August 31st by Tommy Barnes, father of Ashtian Barnes. Tommy handed the video over to Black Lives Matter Houston who then made it public. In the video you see the officer bring up the toll violations. Ashtian explains that he’s in a rental car as he’s fishing through to find the rental contract for the officer. The officer then claims that the car “smelled of marijuana”. Again, we are all aware of the rhetoric used by officers who are racially profiling black and brown men/women. Moments later you see Felix pull out his weapon, killing Ashtian then the car starts moving which the officer jump onto the vehicle before the car came to a stop. Felix murdered Ashtian before the car began moving. It only began moving because the car was not placed in park. Once Ashtian was murdered, it caused his foot to come off the break, lunging the car forward. You also never see Ashtian’s hand anywhere near the officers belt, or anywhere outside. However a Harris Co Grand Jury announced around 10:15 a.m. that they no-billed the officer. The grand jury waiting room fell in silence by the many supporters who came to be with the family. Again, no justice for another black man murdered.
(Alva Braziel was murdered on July 9, 2016 however a grand jury has not formed to conclude whether the officers involved will be indicted for murder)
Time and time again, Anderson has issued statements in support of grand jury findings and police officers. It is business as usual for Houston’s top attorney. The redundancy has weighed on the Houston community, especially among the millennial generation. Fed up with a systematic racist and corrupted DA, it was decided that Houston launch their own campaign against Devon Anderson called #ByeDevon. In Chicago the people were fed up with their District Attorney building her career off the black community. They launched a #ByeAnita campaign and won! Anita was ousted out of the running for DA. Then days ago, a Florida State Attorney, Angela Corey, one of the most polarizing political figures in Jacksonville history who generated national attention and enormous criticism for her prosecutions of ( or lack thereof in Zimmerman’s case) George Zimmerman, Marissa Alexander, 12-year-old Cristian Fernandez and many others. Corey is noted as the cruelest prosecutor in the U.S.
Now it’s Houston’s turn to get rid of one of the worst DA’s Houston has ever seen. Anderson comes with a lot of excuses, throwing ADA’s under the bus to cover herself. As November nears, more and more people are learning about the DA and they are not happy, including individuals who are of her same party line, the Republicans. Through social media, there has been a large amount of Republicans who’ve spoken out against Anderson. We hope that the day following election night, we will have reason to celebrate. Gutting the system from within is crucial in changing this system. Make no mistake about it, Black Lives Matter Houston is NOT endorsing any candidate for DA. So whoever beats out Anderson better take heed of our complaints. We are always watching!
It was May 22, 2016 where a group of Nazi White Supremacists who call themselves “White Lives Matter” appeared to protest at a Mosque located in downtown Houston attempting to intimidate the Muslim community. Of course Muslim supporters in Houston out numbered the Nazi group by far. This same group attended the action with automatic weapons, bullet proof vests, white laced boots, shoots with red laces, a “White Lives Matter” banner, Confederate flags, and a lot of ignorance, spewing bile about Muslims that mirrored the same narrative led by Fox News.
What stood out most was their “14 Words” banner which many are unaware. The “14 Words” refers to the most popular white supremacist slogan: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for WHITE children.” The slogan was coined by David Lane, a member of the white supremacist terrorist group known as The Order. Lane died in prison in 2007.
Fast forward to August 21, 2016 where the same Skinhead Nazi’s who call themselves White Lives Matter II decided to host a protest in front of the NAACP building off of Wheeler St. Take note: Instead of the II to be assumed as #2, it is actually an alliance to the two strike lightning bolts, commonly used among the white supremacist groups all over the world. White Lives Matter II was founded by Kevin Harris and Rebecca Barnette who fill their social media’s with hate for anything non-white. They also tend to push support for other WLM groups around the country to step up and protest against black people, not just Black Lives Matter alone. Rebecca, who is from Surgoinsville, Tenn, proudly displays pages that are riddled with tons of hate propaganda. Rebecca is also affiliated with the “Loyal White Knights” and the “Aryan Nation” commonly referred to “AN” on social media.
Further from that comes a group of White Lives Matter zombies in Houston who protested on August 21, 2016, a Sunday afternoon when the NAACP building was closed. The group was led by Ken Reed, another white supremacist who was surrounded by 12 individuals and less than a handful of Houston Police officers. This time, as they did back in May, the very same individuals brought automatic weapons, bullet proof vest, the WLM banner, their 14 Words banner, Confederate Flags, boots, laces, bottled water, and a lot of stupidity once again.
Many found their action to be cowardice. Protesting an empty building on Sunday was almost comical. What wasn’t so funny is that their action was held in Houston’s 3rd Ward area, which is a heavily populated black community. The WLM action was utterly disrespectful to black individuals living in the community. WLM shouted their hate speech across the street from a church and a school. It’s worth noting that although individuals with WLM showed up with weapons and hate propaganda, Houston police did not show up as an army as they do any Black Lives Matter Houston actions. The protest was held one block from 288 South, Houston police did not block the feeder road. There were barely any Houston cops on the scene. There were no barricades, no helicopters, initially no horses, no riot gear and no armor trucks close by. July 14, 2016 Black Lives Matter Houston held a protest at Southmore and Dowling, south of downtown Houston. The location was one block from 288. Black Lives Matter protested against Houston Police who had just murdered Alva Braziel on July 10, 2016 after claiming that Braziel pointed a gun at police. He was flagging down police to get assistance when Houston police shot Braziel 10 times (could be more). Nikki Braziel, widow of Alva Braziel, also claimed that the Houston officer came back and shot him a 2nd and 3rd time when Braziel was begging for his life. Police released a video that looked doctored. Body cams on police were magically turned on only after the shooting occurred. Black Lives Matter Houston decided to host an action in response to the lack of accountability and the continued police attitude of “shoot first, ask questions later”. Though the Southmore protest started out slow with 15 participants, long before the protest even began, Houston police had partially closed off the 288 feeder near Southmore, a helicopter was seen flying constantly, armored police trucks, horses, several police cars throughout the area and 300+ police on standby with more than 30 cops surrounding the protest along with CID tagging along. Not one participant had any kind of weapon. Not one sign echoed racial hate speech. Not one chant cited violence of any kind. Houston protests have generally been passionate yet laid back. Several arrests that have occurred have done so due to aggravated police officers who already have issues with Black Lives Matter so at times, a few cops will attempt to incite a confrontation. It comes with the territory of calling out police violence however none of the above mentioned dealing with BLM was presented to the White Lives Matter protest. In fact, Houston cops were seen chatting, laughing, obtaining bottles of water from the WLM group, even offering extra protection for the terrorist group. Shortly after WLM started, members of the 3rd Ward community began showing up, questioning the motive for WLM to be at the NAACP office. More and more counter participants showed up when Houston police began to put up barricades, even fencing in the WLM group for that added protection. Horses arrived and several police officers showed up. It is obvious that Houston police was sending a clear message to counter protesters.
The most interesting piece of the WLM protest is that Ken Reed and his followers assumed a connection between Black Lives Matter Houston and the NAACP Houston chapter. Had any of the individuals done proper research or even Googled the connection, they would find that there is no correlation between the two groups. Through the murder of Sandra Bland, Alfred Wright, Jordan Baker, Symone Marshall and Alva Braziel the NAACP remained completely silent. When Robbie Tolan was shot on his own driveway by a Bellaire police officer, the NAACP remained completely silent. When Jesse Valez was manhandled and falsely accused by police in Harris County, the NAACP remained completely silent. When Black Lives Matter Houston, The People’s New Black Panther Party, NBPP, National Black United Front, Truth2Power and a slew of independent activists/activist groups banned together to fight back against police oppression and violence, the NAACP remained completely silent. Harris County Officer Darren Goforth was murdered back in August 2015, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson and Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman came forward in a press conference blaming Black Lives Matter on the murder of officer Goforth. It was later learned that Goforth was having an affair with a well known badge bunny who happened to be servicing several Harris County officers and investigators for quite some time and that BLM had nothing to do with the officers death. Nonetheless, the rhetoric spread by Anderson and Hickman had already done its damage as several activists within Black Lives Matter Houston began receiving threatening messages, full on harassment, even death threats. Personal and private information was posted publicly. Again, the NAACP stood by in silence, never uttering disappointment in such a highly sensitive matter.
Instead, the NAACP awarded Devon Anderson the ALEX Award on February 11, 2016. Anderson built her career by the high incarceration of the black community (along with the brown community) while overlooking criminal acts led by whites. Statistics show that Anderson has a high incarceration rate of African Americans and Latinos over whites. Black men and women are incarcerated 5 times the rate of a white person. In Texas alone, there are more incarcerated black men in jail/prison than there are in the education system. Partly because Anderson has pushed harsher prosecution against the black community throughout her career. Recently Anderson attempted to enact the Southlawn Gang Injunction that would have permanently banned black men from their homes for life. Thankfully due to a massive blowback by the Southlawn community and Houston activists, especially Truth2Power, the suit was dropped which was a blow to Anderson. That didn’t stop the NAACP from brown nosing Harris County’s top attorney. Most likely there were some incentives and kickbacks for the NAACP and Anderson… a few special favors… the typical under the table hush, hush corruption.
To date the NAACP has yet to lend their support to Black Lives Matter. After the White Lives Matter protest went national via media outlets all over the U.S., the NAACP decided to host a press conference in front of their building the following day addressing media. NAACP Houston President James Douglas stated that the Houston Police contacted them in regards to the protest being held in front of their building prior to WLM showing up. Douglas’ response was “let them do it”. Though the sidewalk in front of the building is public space and protected by the First Amendment, it was disturbing that Mr. Douglas was so passive of this event. Douglas went on to denounce racial hatred of any groups combined with the typical speech you’d see coming from a person who isn’t being sincere. Next stood Rodney Ellis who took the opportunity to tell media that people who want to offer support for the NAACP should do so by sending a check. He went on to cite that the NAACP office was old and needed repairs. In reality, it allowed the NAACP the ability to capitalize from White Lives Matter. Later in the press conference, a reporter with the Houston Press questioned Douglas on his support for Houston’s Black Lives Matter. Douglas offered a blanketed statement indicating that the NAACP supports black lives, going into detail how the civil rights movement in the 60’s were comprised of people of many nationalities and the same goes with Black Lives Matter but on his ending statement, Douglas never sounded any level of support for Black Lives Matter/Houston.
Black Lives Matter Houston took a stance on Sunday, choosing to not counter protest the WLM protest. A statement issued by the BLM Houston chapter:
RE: “White Lives Matter” Protest
It came to our attention earlier this week that there would be a “White Lives Matter” protest today. While it is always tempting to go and challenge those White people who come out and attack our movement, it is more important that we teach Black people that #BlackLivesMatter. People like these White supremacists are a waste of space and time, their minds are already made up and so are ours, What would we need to discuss with them?
The hard truth is that the Houston Police Department has been waiting to pounce on us. The situation would have endangered us in a way that dishonors why one would die for the liberation of Black bodies. The moment we would have arrived, they would have protected those white folks who came to a Black community to protest not just BLM but all Black people and perpetuate the racism that has always been part of their ideology.
Hate is a powerful thing, but only IF you give it power and narrative.
The lasting impression: We have a white supremacist terrorist group protesting at the NAACP when the NAACP has zero ties or collaboration with Black Lives Matter Houston. Epic failure. WLM gains national attention for being cowards at best. Various social media’s were trending the protest as many laughed off their efforts protesting on a Sunday in front of an empty building. The NAACP will now get a little money from sympathizers who truly have no idea that the WLM protest was about Black Lives Matter which the NAACP doesn’t support so essentially, White Lives Matter did the NAACP a favor by thrusting them into the spotlight. Their own protest backfired on them. The best that the WLM group has so far is making sure that they spell words correctly on their signs. It’s almost like watching the Republican Debate all over again. At the end of the day we can proudly hold our heads high with knowledge that BLACK LIVES STILL MATTER in Houston, Ferguson, Baltimore, everywhere!