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Over at The Atlantic, a writer provides the best and most thorough timeline of the Covington-Phillips-BHI kerfuffle that I have read. Much of it based on a two hour video made by the BHI, this timeline proves John, Frank and others maintaining the boys were at fault are way over the line. Faultless, no. But this happened to them, not in their control. 

The Media Botched the Covington Catholic Story

And the damage to their credibility will be lasting.

Caitlin Flanagan. 3:54 PM ET

 

(Snipped for brevity)

By Saturday, the story had become so hot, and the appetite for it so deep, that some news outlets felt compelled to do some actual reporting. This was when the weekend began to take a long, bad turn for respected news outlets and righteous celebrities. Journalists began to discover that the viral video was not, in fact, the Zapruder film of 2019, and that there were other videos—lots and lots of them—that showed the event from multiple perspectives and that explained more clearly what had happened. At first the journalists and their editors tried to patch the revelations onto the existing story, in hopes that the whole thing would somehow hold together. CNN, apparently by now aware that the event had taken place within a complicating larger picture, tried to use the new information to support its own biased interpretation, sorrowfully reporting that early in the afternoon the boys had clashed with “four African American young men preaching about the Bible and oppression.”

But the wild, uncontrollable internet kept pumping videos into the ether that allowed people to see for themselves what had happened.

The New York Times, sober guardian of the exact and the nonsensational, had cannonballed into the delicious story on Friday, titling its first piece “Boys in ‘Make America Great Again’ Hats Mob Native Elder at Indigenous Peoples March.”

But the next day it ran a second story, with the headline “Fuller Picture Emerges of Viral Video of Native American Man and Catholic Students.”

How had the boys been demilitarized from wearers of “Make America Great Again” hats to “Catholic students” in less than 24 hours?

O, for a muse of fire.

It turned out that the “four African American young men preaching about the Bible and oppression” had made a video, almost two hours in length, and while it does not fully exonerate the boys, it releases them from most of the serious charges.

The full video reveals that there was indeed a Native American gathering at the Lincoln Memorial, that it took place shortly before the events of the viral video, and that during it the indigenous people had been the subject of a hideous tirade of racist insults and fantasies. But the white students weren’t the people hurling this garbage at them—the young “African American men preaching about the Bible and oppression” were doing it. For they were Black Hebrew Israelites, a tiny sect of people who believe they are the direct descendants of the 12 tribes of Israel, and whose beliefs on a variety of social issues make Mike Pence look like Ram Dass.

The full video reveals that these kids had wandered into a Tom Wolfe novel and had no idea how to get out of it.

It seems that the Black Hebrew Israelites had come to the Lincoln Memorial with the express intention of verbally confronting the Native Americans, some of whom had already begun to gather as the video begins, many of them in Native dress. The Black Hebrew Israelites’ leader begins shouting at them: “Before you started worshipping totem poles, you was worshipping the true and living God. Before you became an idol worshipper, you was worshipping the true and living God. This is the reason why this land was taken away from you! Because you worship everything except the most high. You worship every creation except the creator—and that’s what we are here to tell you to do.”

A young man in Native dress approaches them and gestures toward the group gathering for its event. But the Black Hebrew Israelites mix things up by throwing some dead-white-male jargon at him—they are there because of “freedom of the speech ” and “freedom of religion” and all that. The young man backs away. “You have to come away from your religious philosophy,” one Black Hebrew Israelite yells after him.

A few more people in Native costume gather, clearly stunned by his tirade. “You’re not supposed to worship eagles, buffalos, rams, all types of animals,” he calls out to them.

A Native woman approaches the group and begins to challenge its ideology, which prompts the pastor’s coreligionists to thumb their Bibles for relevant passages from Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. He asks the woman why she’s angry, and when she tells him that she’s isn’t angry, he responds, “You’re not angry? You’re not angry? I’m making you angry.” The two start yelling at each other, and the speaker calls out to his associates for Isaiah 58:1.

Another woman comes up to him yelling, “The Bible says a lot of ****. The Bible says a lot of ****. The Bible says a lot of ****.”

Black Hebrew Israelites believe, among other things, that they are indigenous people. The preacher tells a woman that “you’re not an Indian. Indian means ‘savage.’ ”

Men begin to gather with concerned looks on their face. “Indian does not mean ‘savage,’ ” one of them says reasonably. “I don’t know where you got that from.” At this point, most of the Native Americans who have surrounded—“mobbed”?—the preacher have realized what the boys will prove too young and too unsophisticated to understand: that the “four young African American men preaching about the Bible and oppression” are the kind of people you sometimes encounter in big cities, and the best thing to do is steer a wide berth. Most of them leave, exchanging amused glances at one another. But one of the women stays put, and she begins making excellent points, some of which stump the Black Hebrew Israelites.

It was heating up to be an intersectional showdown for the ages, with the Black Hebrew Israelites going head to head with the Native Americans. But when the Native woman talks about the importance of peace, the preacher finally locates a unifying theme, one more powerful than anything to be found in Proverbs, Isaiah, or Ecclesiastes.

He tells her there won’t be any food stamps coming to reservations or the projects because of the shutdown, and then gesturing to his left, he says, “It’s because of these … bastards over there, wearing ‘Make America Great Again’ hats.”

The camera turns to capture five white teenage boys, one of whom is wearing a MAGA hat. They are standing at a respectful distance, with their hands in their pockets, listening to this exchange with expressions of curiosity. They are there to meet their bus home.

“Why you not angry at them?” the Black Hebrew Israelite asks the Native American woman angrily.

“That’s right,” says one of his coreligionists, “little corny-ass Billy Bob.”

The boys don’t respond to this provocation, although one of them smiles at being called a corny-ass Billy Bob. They seem interested in what is going on, in the way that it’s interesting to listen to Hyde Park speakers.

The Native woman isn’t interested in attacking the white boys. She keeps up her argument with the Black Hebrew Israelites, and her line of reasoning is so powerful that it throws the preacher off track.

“She trying to be distracting,” one of the men says. “She trying to stop the flow.”

“You’re out of order,” the preacher tells the woman. “Where’s your husband? Let me speak to him.”

By now the gathering of Covington Catholic boys watching the scene has grown to 10 or 12, some of them in MAGA hats. They are about 15 feet away, and while the conflict is surely beyond their range of experience, it also includes biblical explication, something with which they are familiar.

“Don’t stand to the side and mock,” the speaker orders the boys, who do not appear to be mocking him. “Bring y’all cracker ass up here and make a statement.” The boys turn away and begin walking back to the larger group.

“You little dirty-ass crackers. Your day coming. Your day coming … ’cause your little dusty asses wouldn’t walk down a street in a black neighborhood, and go walk up on nobody playing no games like that,” he calls after them, but they take no notice. “Yeah, ’cause I will stick my foot in your little ass.”

By now the Native American ceremony has begun, and the attendees have linked arms and begun dancing. “They just don’t know who they are,” one of the Black Hebrew Israelites says remorsefully to another. Earlier he had called them “Uncle Tomahawks.”

The boys have given up on him. They have joined the larger group, and together they all begin doing some school-spirit cheers; they hum the stadium-staple opening bars of “Seven Nation Army” and jump up and down, dancing to it. Later they would say that their chaperones had allowed them to sing school-spirit songs instead of engaging with the slurs hurled by the Black Hebrew Israelites.

And then you hear the sound of drumming, and Phillips appears with several other drummers, all of them headed to the large group of boys. “Here come Gad!” says the Black Hebrew Israelite excitedly. His religion teaches that Native Americans are one of the 12 tribes of Israel, Gad. Apparently he thinks that his relentless attack on the Native Americans has led some of them to confront the white people. “Here come Gad!” he says again, but he is soon disappointed. “Gad not playing! He came to the rescue!” he says in disgust.

The drummers head to the boys, and keep playing. The boys, who had been jumping to “Seven Nation Army,” start jumping in time to the drumming. Phillips takes a step toward the group, and then—as it parts to admit him—he walks into it. Here the Black Hebrew Israelites’ footage is of no help, as Phillips has moved into the crowd.

Now we may look at the viral video—or, as a CNN chyron called it, the “heartbreaking viral video”—as well as the many others that have since emerged, none of which has so far revealed the boys to be chanting anything about a wall or about making America great again. Phillips keeps walking into the group, they make room for him, and then—the smiling boy. One of the videos shows him doing something unusual. At one point he turns away from Phillips, stops smiling, and locks eyes with another kid, shaking his head, seeming to say the word no. This is consistent with the long, harrowing statement that the smiling boy would release at the end of the weekend, in which he offered an explanation for his actions that is consistent with the video footage that has so far emerged, and revealed what happened to him in the 48 hours after Americans set to work doxing him and threatening his family with violence. As of this writing, it seems that the smiling boy, Nick Sandmann, is the one person who tried to be respectful of Phillips and who encouraged the other boys to do the same. And for this, he has been by far the most harshly treated of any of the people involved in the afternoon’s mess at the Lincoln Memorial.

I recommend that you watch the whole of the Black Hebrew Israelites’ video, which includes a long, interesting passage, in which the Covington Catholic boys engage in a mostly thoughtful conversation with the Black Hebrew Israelite preacher. Throughout the conversation, they disrespect him only once—to boo him when he says something vile about gays and lesbians. (Also interesting is the section at the very end of the video, in which—after the boys have left—the Black Hebrew Israelites are approached by some police officers. The preacher had previously spent time castigating police and “the penal code,” so I thought this would be a lively exchange, but the Israelites treat the cops with tremendous courtesy and gratitude, and when they leave the pastor describes them as “angels.” So let that be a lesson about the inadvisability of thinking you can predict how an exchange with a Black Hebrew Israelite will end up.)

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The larger point is remove the MAGA hats (for instance, give them hats with rainbows)  and it is not news.  It becomes just another over privileged bus load of crackers being harassed in DC, because they are the source of the world’s problems; and this happens any time a bus of overprivileged corny ass Billy Bob’s shows up at a left leaning event in DC. It would be difficult to convince CNN that a bus load of overprivileged MAGA hat wearing corny ass Billy Bob white breads could be the target of racism or other forms of political intolerance, since MAGA hat wearing crackers are oppressors, not victims.

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Honestly i could care less about the details. If these kids threw their own feces at the old drum banger i would still defend them as angels. I've consciously decided to take the tactic of the commies in that regard. 

 

Anyway, in nearly ALL of these viral anti white propaganda stories, the truth usually reveals itself exactly as in this case: the evil white oppressor was actually the victim and the sad, stupid, brown commie was the perp, and the enemy of the people lied about the entire thing. 

 

I, for one, am tired of the enemy of the people and their retarded sycophants making whitey the bogeyman. There will be a backlash to this that will not be pretty. 

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When America Was Great 40 years ago

 

Chaperones to kids:

 

”Hey, keep  it classy guys, you are better than that. You don’t need to engage in any of this. I didn’t realize there were two demonstrations close to the bus stop. We did our March. They have a right to have theirs, even if we are offended. Let’s just move over there up the steps. The bus will be here soon enough”

 

 

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45 mins ago, JohnP said:

When America Was Great 40 years ago

 

Chaperones to kids:

 

”Hey, keep  it classy guys, you are better than that. You don’t need to engage in any of this. I didn’t realize there were two demonstrations close to the bus stop. We did our March. They have a right to have theirs, even if we are offended. Let’s just move over there up the steps. The bus will be here soon enough”

 

 

You should send an angry letter.

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45 mins ago, JohnP said:

When America Was Great 40 years ago

 

Chaperones to kids:

 

”Hey, keep  it classy guys, you are better than that. You don’t need to engage in any of this. I didn’t realize there were two demonstrations close to the bus stop. We did our March. They have a right to have theirs, even if we are offended. Let’s just move over there up the steps. The bus will be here soon enough”

 

 

40 years ago (before widespread indoctrination) they would be cracking skulls. You mean 10 to 20 years ago after the indoctrination was more or less complete. 

 

"Never fight back at retarded brown commies, kids. Muh first amendment is better than that. I'd let them kill me before i give up their muh constitooshun! This is a teaching moment, kids! We're a nation of muh immigrants, kids!"

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6 mins ago, JimG said:

You should send an angry letter.

 

Nah I get it, better to wear that red hat and get in the oppositions face than be a snowflake and walk a few feet away and ignore them

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45 mins ago, JohnP said:

When America Was Great 40 years ago

 

Chaperones to kids:

 

”Hey, keep  it classy guys, you are better than that. You don’t need to engage in any of this. I didn’t realize there were two demonstrations close to the bus stop. We did our March. They have a right to have theirs, even if we are offended. Let’s just move over there up the steps. The bus will be here soon enough”

 

 

Such a better country forty years ago in 1979 

jimmy carter

63 hostages sitting in Iran

15.75% Fed overnight rate

11.25% inflation

7% unemployment 

three mile island

soviets prance into Afghanistan 

 

but the chaperones made it all worth while. 

 

Is that what those great chaperone said to the kid in your class who got stabbed trying to beat up a black kid at the museum of natural history? Keep it classy you’re better than that?  

 

 

 

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2 mins ago, Fishy Fisher said:

40 years ago (before widespread indoctrination) they would be cracking skulls. You mean 10 to 20 years ago after the indoctrination was more or less complete. 

 

"Never fight back at retarded brown commies, kids. Muh first amendment is better than that. I'd let them kill me before i give up their muh constitooshun! This is a teaching moment, kids! We're a nation of muh immigrants, kids!"

 

“You will never reach your destination if you stop to throw stones at every dog that barks” - Winston Churchill 

 

Thats the teaching moment 

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1 hour ago, JohnP said:

When America Was Great 40 years ago

 

Chaperones to kids:

 

”Hey, keep  it classy guys, you are better than that. You don’t need to engage in any of this. I didn’t realize there were two demonstrations close to the bus stop. We did our March. They have a right to have theirs, even if we are offended. Let’s just move over there up the steps. The bus will be here soon enough”

 

 

Like the death spasms of a chicken without a head.  Thats you and this topic.  You have been UTTERLY debunked.  And yet you are still finding ways to look even more foolish.  :th:

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This is the kid who is getting death threats and being vilified as a racist:

most people probably missed this part because it requires more than a few seconds of reading.   

 

. As of this writing, it seems that the smiling boy, Nick Sandmann, is the one person who tried to be respectful of Phillips and who encouraged the other boys to do the same. And for this, he has been by far the most harshly treated of any of the people involved in the afternoon’s mess at the Lincoln Memorial.

 

 

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14 mins ago, JohnP said:

 

“You will never reach your destination if you stop to throw stones at every dog that barks” - Winston Churchill 

 

Thats the teaching moment 

One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half

 

- same Winston Churchill. 

 

I’d rather my son learn this one. 

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