I am glad no one was arrested regarding this incident. Even the worst behaving racist Black Israelites only used hateful words against the students. It seems most discussion here has recently been about the media's coverage of the student and the drummer. (Seems that man had protested in inappropriate locations such as a Cathedral during Mass.) He seems to be a troublemaker, who served in the Marine Corps fixing refrigeration units during the Viet Nam war, NOT in Viet Nam. In the 1970s he was arrested many times for alcohol related crimes.
The student responded to "feeling singled out for a confrontation" by staring at him silently.
There was no physical violence.
By the time I was in high school my family and friends had experienced much more than he did. Even as a little kid with protective parents racist speech was directed at our family because we had White, Cherokee, and Negro family members by marriage and adoption.
We were Catholic, but unlike our cousins my sisters and I attended public school. Teachers made it clear that racist name calling was not OK, but it happened and we ignored it. (My Daddy taught in the one public high school in town.)
Coming to California at age 12 I started Jr. High, where most students were white and not prejudiced. Some were, but were well behaved at school. Walking two mile to and from we were taunted with slurs and often rotten eggs and tomatoes were thrown at us. (I think because I had an Okie accent and was shy in the second week of school I was assigned to show a newer girl than I around. She was from Europe and spoke no English. She learned FAST. We are still friends. We were called the "Four Musketeers" being three White and one Negro.") We also had eggs and rotten food to clean off the porch by drive-by food throwers.
By high school I was attended meetings of SNCC, and SCLC protests for civil rights. I have an FBI file consisting of one photo of my Grandma, boyfriend at the time, a few dozen others, and me protesting in front of a real estate sign stating, "FOR SALE TO WHITE CHRISTIANS ONLY". Stuff and taunts were thrown at us that evening too. We did leave when asked by police.
In 2005 at a nurses demonstration for safe staffing ratios because the governor attempted to violate the law that took us 14 years to achieve I was standing at the back where I was loudly confronted by "Minute Men Civil Defense Project" and immigrant monitors. I should have ignored them, but answered when they asked, "Where were you born." I answered, In the United States. Then they began using slurs against Hispanics getting close to my face. I left then and got myself to the front.
In 2009 MANY people cursed me because I had an 8.5X11" paper printed with "MEDICARE FOR ALL". One young man was so upset he bent over and go close enough to my face that his face toughed my and as he yelled, "DO YOU WANT YOUR MOTHER TO HAVE A KIDNEY TRANSPLANT AT THE POST OFFICE?" he accidentally got lots of spit on my face. A man with a video camera was filming this. I said, "I will be happy to have a discussion with you, but not on camera while you are so upset." We did have a conversation after the media left. Turns out he was employed, but uninsured. Both his parents had received life saving care paid by all us taxpayers via Medicare. He had been bused to California from Arizona for this Town Hall meeting that didn't have room for all who lived in the Congress member's district.
I'm glad that young man had never experienced such illogical hate in person before.
Our Terms of Service (TOS) do not allow some of the quotes of what was said by the some Black Israelites so I will quote what I can. The link includes the entire statement that probably was written with assistance from the PR firm: