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Boys school in Kentucky shuts down amid fallout over videos

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By BRUCE SCHREINER and JOHN MINCHILLO

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In mocking Native American heritage, these boys were just following the example of their Lord and Savior Donald J. Christ.

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These were children, who had been subject to to incessant racist, homophobic, and bigoted verbal abuse by members of a bizarre religious sect called the Black Hebrew Israelites, are not to blame. They were just waiting for busses to take them home when they were confronted. The BHI were the instigators, using insults like "raggedy a.. crackers", "(slur for gay men)", "(slur for black people)", and so on. They responded by shouting a few of their school sports cheers and slogans.

At this point, Phillips entered the scene. Nobody at the time was sure what his motivations were. Perhaps he was trying to be a peacemaker and get between the groups to stave off any violence. If so, good for him. However, members of his group also started to shout at the boys, telling them "go back to Europe" and "you stole our land".

What were they supposed to do? What DID they do that is so disrespectful, especially compared to what they were subject to?

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If that kid smirking in the face of of Philips, is somehow diffusing the situation , is it fair to smack him in the face to escalate?

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I still just wonder why grown adult protesters thought it was ok to engage with high school students there on a school trip.

The religious group shouldn't have been hurling expletives at them, the drummer shouldn't have approached them. Common sense?? The kids' adults chaperones/teachers should have been approached first if the protesters wanted to talk about the dumb hats.

Now grown adults are sending death threats online to these high school students. It could have been a teachable moment. What are these adults teaching these young ones through this behavior (especially now in the continuing vitriol online)?

Then we turn around and warn young people online bullying and tell them not to do it.

The whole incident just made me think "this is why my home country can't have nice things"

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PlasticMonkey, ulysses

A complete 2 hour live stream of the incident is available for viewing. The video clearly shows that the narrative pushed by the media and the semi famous was wrong. All that is left now, is to attack people based on their religious beliefs and the color of their skin. There are posts all over social media expressing the desire to punch that smirking, white kid in the face. The school's closed because of concerns about safety, the cry for the students death ( their parents,too) has come out, people's lives have been changed forever all because some people are so caught up in their own confirmation biases that they will dive head first into the mob without any real idea about what really occurred.

It seems that what is real doesn't matter anymore, it's what some people want to believe that drives this outpouring of latent anger issues and racism.

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Sounds like three weirdo groups got into it, and probably all got what they wanted.

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@kuya Nobody is defending the Hebrew Israelites, what they did was hate speech and they should be locked up for it.

The narrative that the extreme right is trying to push is because the Israelites picked on the kids its acceptable for them to pick on the Native Indians!!

And sure everyone wants to smack the kid , who is white. But even if the kid was any other color he/she should still have been smacked.

What is surprising is that the kids were supposed to be chaperoned? Does the school even understand that word?

There is a good chance this could have turned violent, do you think it's right for school kids to fight adults whatever be the provocation?

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Ulysses, in what sense did the students "pick on" the Indians? From the story and the video, it seems the Indians chose to insert themselves into the situation without explaining what they were trying to do.

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@Attila if someone stands right in front of you, in your face, not letting you move, I might be inclined to think its not a friendly action.

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And unsurprisingly Nathan Phillips has elected to call for his antagonists to be ‘punched in the face’ on social media!

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There are posts all over social media expressing the desire to punch that smirking, white kid in the face. The school's closed because of concerns about safety, the cry for the students death ( their parents,too) has come out, people's lives have been changed forever all because some people are so caught up in their own confirmation biases that they will dive head first into the mob without any real idea about what really occurred.

Indeed, and apparently there was kid that was mistakenly pointed out as the smirking kid just because he looked like him. While his family was in the middle of a family wedding, they were constantly fighting off mobs.

These SJWs are a cancer, and it's spreading fast. Let's hope it does not metastasize to Japan.

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 if someone stands right in front of you, in your face, not letting you move, I might be inclined to think its not a friendly action.

@ulysses

If you watch the video I alluded to in my previous post it is clearly visible that, in fact, it was Nathan Phillips, along with other activists, who approached the group of students and not the other way around as reported. It is also clear that Nathan Phillips, along with other activists, interjected himself physically into the group of students while pounding on a drum and loudly chanting. It is also clear that the group of activists accompanying Nathan Phillips were shouting insults and jibes at the group of students which were openly based on the ethnicity of the majority of the students.

The video shows Nathan Phillips progress as he moved into the group of students. Almost all of the students made way for him as he encroached on their personal spaces but one student did not move. The video shows Nathan Phillips continuing to pound his drum and chant as he continued to press his advance, while the student stood his ground and declined to retreat. The student is not seen in the video responding to Nathan Phillips verbally or taking any kind of threatening or physical action against Nathan Phillips. He just stood there.

So I would pose the question, if someone comes up to you, unbidden, gets right up in your face beating a drum and loudly chanting, and then refuses to go around you but insists on trying to force you to back down before their presence, wouldn't you be inclined to think it's not a friendly action?

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