The black Hebrew Israelites, whose members identify themselves as a historical religious group, have taken a central step after some of its members seemed to be part of a controversial confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC over the weekend.  A video of high school students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky and Native American activist Nathan Phillips went viral. The students who were in DC to participate in March for Life were originally accused of mocking Philips and faced immediate setbacks for the alleged behavior.
VIDEO SHOWS TENSION BETWEEN NATIVE AMERICAN, HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS BEFORE VIRAL CLIP
But just a few hours after a Catholic bishop in Kentucky threatened to expel several high school students involved in the incident, new recordings arose that showed excitement evolving before the confrontation. And conservatives argued that the original clip does not tell the whole story, as many noting members of the black Hebrew Israelites seemed to encourage the incident.
In one of the varying versions of the story of the meeting, he told the media that Phillips told The Detroit Free Press one of them spitting on the students. Others were "saying some harsh things," he said, and then he decided to "put [himself] between it between a rock and a hard place."
Furthermore, Covington student Nick Sandmann, who was seen in the first video later said in a statement that four members of the black Hebrew Israelite movement called the students "racists, bigots, white crackers, f ̵
"They also told an African-American student from my school telling him we would" reap his organs, "he added.
Sandman, who said one of the students, asked a teacher who chaperone the trip for permission to "begin our school congregation" to drown the hecklers added that he was trying to mitigate the tense situation by remaining "motionless and calm." He also refused to cheat Phillips by making faces against him. he said he smiled at the demonstrator "because I wanted him to know that I would not be angry, scared or provoked for a major confrontation."
After the confrontation, the religious group was thrown into the limelight of some of the members alleged behavior of the rally
Here is what to know about the black Hebrew Israelites.
Who are they?
The black Hebrew Israelites – sometimes called "Black Jews" "Black Hebrews" and "he brave Israelites ", according to Vox – is a controversial offshoot of an American religious movement known as Black Israelism, the Washington Post reported. The movement dates back to the 18th century, if not before.
More specifically, the movement "anchored in the Black Judaism", according to the Southern Poverty Laws, which noted the Black Jewish War, is called the doctrine "when the Kingdom of Israel was destroyed, the Israelites were first spread over the African continent and then selectively targeted by hostile African tribes who captured and sold them to European bondage slave traders in the new world. "The principles of the black Hebrew Israelites vary: group does not seem to have an official creed. In fact, Lewis Gordon, a professor of Africana philosophy at the University of Connecticut, told the Philadelphia Inquirer some sects in the movement "identify as Jews, as Christians, and who neither."
Some who identify with the group read the Christian Bible while others read the Hebrew Bible. Some believe that Jesus was the Messiah, while others did not, according to the Post. Overall, there are dozens of black Hebrew organizations. Many members continue to follow a rabbi who founded a congregation in Harlem, New York, in 1919, according to a 2000 New York Times report. However, a belief seems to be true to the majority of those who identify as black Hebrew Israelites: African Americans "are the literal descendants of the Israelites in the Bible and have been separated from their true heritage," the record reported.
How many black Hebrew Israelites are in the United States?
The non-profit organization Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry, or CARM, is estimated to have "about 200,000 among dozens of offshoot industries." In 2000, The New York Times reported an area of 40,000 to 500,000 across the United States – but noted "a precise count [is] was made impossible by the diversity of styles and beliefs."
What is the sect known as "One West" ?
Posten reported a branch known as One West began to form in the 1970s and 1980s, or in the years following civil rights and black power movements.
According to the post of a Western "saw themselves as radical reformers of former generations of Hebrew Israelites who had gone astray. They would flock to street corners dressed in colorful and ornate robes and leather – living beliefs about which ancient Israelites could Look like being transported into the urban culture of New York City. They were also early and eager adopters of new media, hosting local TV slots and filming their often confrontational street ministry. "
Members of one Western group believe Indians and Hispanics are out of African-American descendants of the Israelites or the original twelve tribes of Israel. A prominent offshoot at One West is a group known as the House of Israel (HOI).
Vox reported that this sect of black Israelis is often seen as "fringe sect" and is known for their "highly confrontational form of street ministry" commonly seen in major cities such as Washington, DC and New York.
KENTUCKY TEEN IN VIRAL VIDEO SAYS THAT HE DOES NOT HAVE PROVISION: weekend confrontation.
Some black Israeli groups, such as the HOI, have been labeled as "hate groups" by organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center. SPLC reported in 2008 that while most "Hebrew Israelites are neither explicitly racist nor anti-Semitic and do not advocate violence, there is an increasing extremist sector within the Hebrew Israelite movement, whose supporters believe that Jews are diabolical impostors and who openly condemn White as evil personified, merely deserves death or slavery. "
Fox News & # 39; Gregg Re and Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report.