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Group classifies White Lives Matter as hate group

A Trump supporter holds up a "White Lives Matter" sign during a rally for Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump on April 6, 2016 in Bethpage, New York. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)

A Trump supporter holds up a “White Lives Matter” sign during a rally for Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump on April 6, 2016 in Bethpage, New York. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)

White Lives Matter, a group that believes a white genocide is occurring, was officially designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit that classifies and tracks hate groups.

SPLC will formally add White Lives Matter to their hate map, a map tracking nearly 900 groups the organization has classified as hate groups, in February of 2017.

“Its main activists, to put it plainly, are unvarnished white supremacists,” Sarah Viets, an SPLC senior research analyst, wrote on the SPLC website.

White Lives Matter does not consider itself to be a white supremacist group, according to their site. The organization does not advocate for White people to rule over other groups, but instead is dedicated to supporting breeding practices to end white genocide. Their website features hate propaganda related to immigrants, Muslims, Jewish people and Black people.

“The truth is Blacks have the same problems with crime, poverty, and illegitimacy everywhere they go in the world,” it says on the WLM website.

SPLC identified Rebecca Barnette, a Tennesseean, as a leader of the group. She identified herself as a WLM co-founder on VK.com, a social media site. Her profile picture has a swastika in the background. She concludes several of her posts with “Sieg Heil!! White Power!!.” Barnette also refers to aryans as the “elite of the human species.”

“I wish Hitler were here alive and well today,” she said in one July post.