The Hebrew Israelite group ISUPK, Passover, Harlem, 2012 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)


Jan 25, 2019 by Alyssa Duvall

The Facts Media Isn't Covering About The Hebrew Israelite Hate Group Who Instigated #CovingtonBoys Drama

While much of the mainstream media seems to be focusing on either the #CovingtonBoys character or the statements from Nathan Phillips, the hate group who, according to full videos of the incident, instigated the confrontation remains largely ignored.

The Hebrew Israelites, also known as Black Hebrews, are a nationally recognized hate group with a long history in America and a dubious claim to ancient history. Though the group is diverse and made up of several different "camps", they are united by their belief that Africans are, in a nutshell, true Israelites whose obscurity is the result of centuries of revisionist history and white supremacist oppression.

They also believe that the King James Version of the Bible is the only inspired version and that King James himself was actually a black man.

Though you might not know it from a cursory glance at the Twitter storm in the aftermath of the Covington Boys scandal, a group of Hebrew Israelites may actually be to blame for inciting the tension caught in the original snippet of video that went viral.

Watch the full video below:

As the full video reveals, men in the Hebrew Israelite group were captured on camera first noticing the group of red MAGA hat-wearing teens and began hurling vulgar insults at them, calling them “dusty-a*** crackers,” “child-molesting fa****s," and "incest kids," as well as a slew of racist insults directed toward a black Covington student.

Oddly enough, the group was also witnessed harassing the Native American demonstrators at the capital that day, shouting things like, “You’re not supposed to worship eagles, buffalos, rams—that’s why the Lord took away your land.”

However, one story Omaha elder Nathan Phillips recounted to the media was that the boys, who vastly outnumbered the Hebrew Israelites, "were beastly and these old black individuals was[sic] their prey."

Much of the burning, laserlike focus has landed on 16-year-old high school junior Nicholas Sandmann, who stood his ground and smiled silently as Phillips was beating a drum in Sandmann's face.

Sandmann, however, clarifies that the students were not shouting racist remarks at anyone but, to counter the jeers from the Hebrew Israelites, reciting a school chant to counter the slurs that were being shouted at them. Sandmann's statement, which lines up with the full video, clarifies that the Hebrew Israelites began the altercation with their insults.

"They also taunted an African-American student from my school by telling him that we would 'harvest his organs.' I have no idea what that insult means, but it was startling to hear," Sandmann added.

"In hindsight, I wish we could have walked away and avoided the whole thing," Sandmann continued, "but I can't say that I'm sorry for listening to him and standing there."

While the Hebrew Israelite movement hasn't made tremendous inroads into mainstream society or politics, they are not to be underestimated. They continue to grow more militant, with some sects more extremist than others, and they prey on disillusioned young black Americans. 

If you'd like to learn more about this cult and how to reach them with the truth of the Gospel, click here or here.

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