T he 1945 black group of Israelites said the confrontation on Friday at the Lincoln Memorial steps with Covington Catholic high school students and an Indian man was "great" for their cause.
"It comes to them," Ash Yasharahla, belonging to a congregation of Hebrew Israelites known as I am Israel (No Division), told the New York Times . "It will permeate their minds. As long as the full message is up there, it is a good thing." A group of five black Hebrew Israelites shouted racist, homophobic and other derogatory comments to a group of Covington Catholic high school students before a viral meeting between teenagers and Native American protests Nathan Phillips.
The black Hebrew Israelites who believe in God's chosen people are black, Hispanics, and Native Americans, having been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a black supremacist group. Its members often act in provocative ways in an attempt to get a reaction.
A member of the group present at the Lincoln Memorial Friday said it happened to "postpone" what America has become. "Our God did it to reveal what this country is about to reveal what we have taught," said Shar Yaqataz Banyamyan.
Among the turmoil, the black Hebrew Israelites called the Covington Catholic students in "Make America Great Again" hats and apparel "incest kids", "fagots" and "white crackers" while also claiming that teens were racist.