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Fr. James Martin does a pretty reasonable job of picking over the emerging narratives:
Do read the whole thread.
Analysis - Reading
Also there is this very careful and thoughtful analysis that I think is well worth reading.
Also, present was a weird little group of Black Hebrews who have some theory that they are descended from Israelite and who were spewing craziness. I was (as most people were) unaware of just how vile the Black Hebrew group had been in its rhetoric. To wit:
Banyamyan - Buddy - People - Trump - Supporters
(50:34) Banyamyan’s buddy continues baiting and shouting, but the people arguing with him and the Trump supporters leave. Applause can be heard, but it’s difficult to tell if it’s connected or not. He continues shouting in a more generalized way.
(54:34) Banyamyan’s buddy chastises people who believe in a white Jesus, pointing to a caricaturized picture of Christ, calling Jesus a “f — — t child-molester.”
Covington - Kids - Beginning - Video
This is what the Covington kids are responding to at the beginning of the video.
Notably, the Black Hebrew alternated between slinging insults at the Covington kids and attacking the Native Americans as idol worshippers. They were equal opportunity jerks.
MAGA - Crowd - MAGA - Crowd
Meanwhile, the MAGA crowd starts to respond as you would guess a MAGA crowd would:
(1:09:45) The crowd starts getting more aggressive and one guy comes down, stripping off his coat. He is wearing a red hat and appears to be spoiling for a fight. The crowd cheers as he does this. Another guy comes down and strips off his shirt. He jumps in the air and the crowd roars. At this point he and a group of guys in red hats (a big group, at least 30 guys) start doing a chant in unison that seems to be a faux-native chant. When they finish, the energy dissipates and nothing happens.
Tensions - Minutes
In short, tensions are escalating. Three minutes later, this happens:
(1:12:20) Indigenous protesters appear,...
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