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Southern Poverty Law Center to list White Lives Matter movement as a hate group

Southern Poverty Law Center to list White Lives Matter movement as a hate group

Andrea Waguespack | Chron

The White Lives Matters movement will be listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center when it releases its annual Hate Map in February.

"I can't speak to how many chapters will be listed, but it's clear that the leadership of the group, the ends of the group -- it's just a flat-out white supremacist group," said Heidi Beirich, director of the center's Intelligence Report, in an interview with Chron.com.

"The ideology behind it, the racist leaders, everything about it is racist," Beirich added.

The leadership Beirich refers to is 40-year-old Rebecca Barnette. In addition to having her hands in the White Lives Matter movement, Barnette is also the vice president of the women's division of the skinhead group Aryan Strikeforce.

The center points to posts on Barnette's page on vk.com, a Russian social networking site used by white supremacists due to its lack of censorship.

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