Social Media Wars
So this weekend social networks blew up with a video of what seems to be a jeering crowd of obnoxious white teenagers buffooning a Native American guy as he shouted. While the immediate interaction between these teenage kids and Elder Nathan Phillips does boil down to that, the entire circumstance is a lot more nuanced than that. This ends up being obvious in an over hour-long video, taken by a group of Black Hebrew Israelites who were there showing that day. I saw a signifiant part of the video, not the whole thing, however enough cuts throughout the run to get a much better context of what took place than the one video making its rounds around social networks. I’ve published it below, alerting, this is NSFW.
In the video The Black Hebrew Israelites strategy seems to be to shout at those who are taking part in a nearby Native American March. Their message is vile, and is equally hateful against any group that is not them. The first part of consists of them blaming Native Americans for their loss of land because they are idolaters. And throughout the video they are shown entering a screaming match with a few of the marchers who were a bit peeved by the words of these guys.
While this was going on the catholic kids who appear in the viral video appear, a great portion of which are wearing MAGA hats. As they show up, the Black Hebrew Israelites alter targets and begin railing at them– calling them “crackers,” and “incest babies,” to name a few things. It was at this point the Catholic kids– who are both common teen-age dumb and privileged as all get out– decide to get into a little bit of a mock-off with the Black Hebrew Israelites. The Catholic school group is rather big, and the privileged kids gather to see the interest of these males who are shouting at them, at one point they even surround the Black Hebrew Israelites. Those kids in the group who engage the males are dismissive and condescending. The remainder of the group simply smirks in the background.
This is the point were the circumstance weakens. The school group’s chaperones, who are see in frame during the long video, stop working to pacify the circumstance. Rather of moving their group out of yelling variety, or prevent their charges from surrounding another group, they not do anything. That’s not in fact real. A Washington Post post, which quotes the smirking young boy from the viral video, states the chaperones really provide authorization to their group to perform school chants nearby the Black Hebrew Israelites. This additional infuriates the smaller sized group, and intensifies the group-think mindset of the school group 1. Chaperones need to see a potentially volatile scenario and move their group far from it. Not just did these chaperones not do that, they choose to let their charges battle fire with fire. It’s an utter failure of adult supervision.
About 1 hour 11 seconds into the video Senior Philips enters the scene with his group. He is singing his chant in an apparent effort to diffuse the scenario. Not privy to the entirety of scene, and due to the fact that of his own hard-earned implicit predispositions, Senior Phillips makes a judgement call about which side were the aggressors. The Catholic young boys are by far the bigger of the 2 groups, and they are apparently unrestrained by what a reasonable person would expect a chaperone of minors would prevent. So as he comes in between the two groups, attempting to accentuate himself as he marches up the steps, he chooses to deal with the school group. He was inaccurate at that point regarding who is more prone to fury, however I can’t fault him for making that evaluation because it’s specifically the same one I ‘d make in his shoes 2. As diffusing attempts go it wasn’t the best option, partly since he chose to march through the group, instead of around it, based upon his own cultural history 3. It wasn’t a provocation, it was an interruption.
The Catholic boys– who are still teen-aged dumb, fortunate, and now unfettered by adult supervision– see something new they do not understand. They hear something that sounds odd to them, in their minds out of the blue, and decide en masse since of a mob mindset to mock this new oddity. Since they’re ignorant of what the shouting suggests they don’t get that they are disrupting something that is both considered sacred and expressed as a desire for peace. I’m unsure it would have mattered, as insecurity is not a good trigger for self-reflection, but the ignorance of the group is clear in any of the videos. They just do not get it, and do not display any inclination about getting it. The chaperones were no place to be discovered during this second exchange.
So after seeing the video, and checking out the Washington Post short article, I’ve got some conclusions.
- The real adult in the whole event is Senior Phillips. He stepped in-between 2 groups which were showing clear disrespect for one another. His choice of diffusing tactics wasn’t the best option, but unlike other chronological grownups in the location he really tried. It wasn’t what I would have done, however the thing is … I wasn’t there.
- The Black Hebrew Israelites were jackasses, and set the entire phase with their unlimited ranting at any group which wasn’t them. They were far from innocent bystanders.
- The chaperones for that trip entirely failed in their responsibility, and I can’t assist however question if their racial bias contributed to their absence of action. The grownups need to have moved their group to a different location once they saw their charges challenging the Black Hebrew Israelite protestors.
- Every ideological claim about what occurred, from left and right, seems to be more about condemning “them” than about processing the full context of what took place. Each defines the grounds by which individuals must analyze what happened, and condemns anybody who asks an inconvenient concern. Folks do not seem to desire either fact or justice, they ‘d rather grab ammo.