by Dagny Taggart, The Organic Prepper:
A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on. – C. H. Spurgeon
Last Friday, protesters with vastly different worldviews collided in Washington, D.C.
The incident itself was not nearly as troubling as the mainstream media’s portrayal of the incident. This is reminiscent of another time the MSM only showed a portion of a video to skew the truth and support a politically correct agenda.
In case you are not familiar with this story, here’s some background.
Students from Covington Catholic – an all-male high school in Kentucky – were in D.C. for the March for Life rally. That day, a Native American group was participating in an Indigenous People’s March.
Both groups met and what unfolded has been widely misinterpreted by the mainstream media.
A short video clip and an image of an alleged confrontation between the students and the Native Americans spread like wildfire over the weekend, resulting in widespread condemnation of the boys on social media.
The image above (and similar photos) circulated through social media, along with claims that the boys were harassing, taunting, and mocking the Native American men.
Outrage over the image and the short video clip led to calls for doxxing, shaming, punishing, and even expelling the students. Nick Sandmann, the young man in the photo above, has even received death threats.
The initial video showed Sandmann, in a “Make America Great Again” hat, standing very close to and staring at Nathan Phillips, a Native American and Vietnam War veteran, while Phillips played the drum and chanted.
That video let to interviews with Phillips, whose accounts of the incident do not reflect what actually happened.
The MSM ran with it, apparently not doing any deeper research.
Mainstream media outlets took the short video clips, photos, and Phillip’s side of the story and ran with it, apparently without doing a bit of research into what actually happened.
Phillips, 64, an elder of the Omaha Nation, told the Detroit Free Press that he noticed a verbal clash in front of the Lincoln Memorial steps and decided to intervene. He claimed the incident started when the group of students was listening to a group of Black Hebrew Israelites speak:
“They witnessed these individuals on their soapbox saying what they had to say,” Phillips said. “They didn’t agree with it and got offended.”
“They were in the process of attacking these four black individuals,” Phillip said. “I was there and I was witnessing all of this … As this kept on going on and escalating, it just got to a point where you do something or you walk away, you know? You see something that is wrong and you’re faced with that choice of right or wrong. “
Phillips said some of the members of the Black Hebrew group were also acting up, “saying some harsh things” and that one member spit in the direction of the Catholic students. “So I put myself in between that, between a rock and hard place,” he said.
But then, the crowd of mostly male students turned their anger towards Phillips.
“There was that moment when I realized I’ve put myself between beast and prey,” Phillips said. “These young men were beastly and these old black individuals was their prey, and I stood in between them and so they needed their pounds of flesh and they were looking at me for that.”
Unfortunately, Phillips lied about the incident, and the mainstream media believed him without doing any research or fact-checking.
The media only told one side of the story…and it isn’t supported by video evidence.
The boys who were involved in the “confrontation” were not contacted for their side of the story…until a longer video surfaced that showed what actually did happen that day.
That longer video is nearly two hours long, and it tells a very different story than Phillips’ version of events.
Robby Soave of Reason explains how the additional footage contradicts the mainstream media’s narrative:
Far from engaging in racially motivated harassment, the group of mostly white, MAGA-hat-wearing male teenagers remained relatively calm and restrained despite being subjected to incessant racist, homophobic, and bigoted verbal abuse by members of the bizarre religious sect Black Hebrew Israelites, who were lurking nearby. The BHI has existed since the late 19th century, and is best describes as a black nationalist cult movement; its members believe they are descendants of the ancient Israelites, and often express condemnation of white people, Christians, and gays. DC-area Black Hebrews are known to spout particularly vile bigotry.
Phillips put himself between the teens and the black nationalists, chanting and drumming as he marched straight into the middle of the group of young people. What followed was several minutes of confusion: The teens couldn’t quite decide whether Phillips was on their side or not, but tentatively joined in his chanting. It’s not at all clear this was intended as an act of mockery rather than solidarity.
Phillips doesn’t enter the scene until the 1:12 mark, but the footage prior to that is crucial to understanding the full context of the incident.
If you’d like to see for yourself, here’s the full video.
Warning – the video contains a lot of offensive language.
The BHI protesters threatened the students with violence and attempted to provoke them into attacking first. The students resisted the taunts. They laughed at the hecklers, and they performed a few of their school’s sports cheers.
Here are some of the ways the BHI protesters tried to provoke the students.
The first hour of the video shows the BHI protesters hurling obscenities at the students. They call them crackers, f*ggots, and pedophiles, among other shockingly vulgar insults.
At the 1:20 mark (which comes after the Phillips “incident”) the BHI protesters call one of the few black students from the Catholic school the n-word and tell him that his friends are going to murder him and steal his organs.
At the 1:25 mark, they complain that “you give f*ggots rights,” which prompted booing from the students.
“A bunch of babies made out of incest,” one BHI protester said to the students. “You worship blasphemy.”
Another BHI protester began shouting about “sodomy” and “homosexuals,” and told the students that Donald Trump kissed Rudy Giuliani while Giuliani was in drag. “Your president is a homosexual,” he said.
“Who cares. That’s homophobic,” a student said back.
Phillips was biased.
Yet, in his interview with the Detroit Free Press, Phillips said:
“The Black Israelites, they were saying some harsh things, but some of it was true, too,” Phillips said. “These young, white American kids who were being taught in their Catholic school, their doctrine, their truth, and when they found out there’s more truth out there than what they’re being taught, they were offended, they were insulted, they were scared, and that’s how they responded. One thing that I was taught in my Marine Corp training is that a scared man will kill you. And that’s what these boys were. They were scared.”
The students had a “mob mentality” that “was scary,” Phillips said. “It was ugly, what these kids were involved in. It was racism. It was hatred. It was scary.”
That quote explains a lot, doesn’t it? It exposes Phillips’ bias and provides us with a possible reason that he would portray the students as the guilty party in this debacle. It is interesting that Phillips says the students were racist and hateful, but makes no mention of the racial slurs and hateful comments the BHI protesters were hurling at the boys.
The SPLC calls the Black Hebrew Israelites as “supremacist” group.
By the way, the Southern Poverty Law Center issued a report on the Black Hebrew Israelite group, calling them the “black supremacist wing” of the Hebrew Israelite movement. Here’s an excerpt:
Around the country, thousands of men and women have joined black supremacist groups on the extremist fringe of the Hebrew Israelite movement, a black nationalist theology that dates back to the 19th century. Its doctrine asserts that African Americans are God’s true chosen people because they, not the people known to the world today as Jews, are the real descendants of the Hebrews of the Bible. Although most Hebrew Israelites are neither explicitly racist nor anti-Semitic and do not advocate violence, there is a rising extremist sector within the Hebrew Israelite movement whose adherents believe that Jews are devilish impostors and who openly condemn whites as evil personified, deserving only death or slavery.
Phillips’ claim that the boys were a scary, angry mob that surrounded him is not at all truthful, as Kyle Smith of the National Review explains: