Theodor (Ted) Hayes, who appears by his dress and the rhetoric posted on his website to be an adherent of the Black Hebrew Israelite belief system, was invited to speak at the Tax Day Tea Party on April 15, 2011 in Oceanside, California in North San Diego County. He is often called the “Rasta Republican,” due to his dreadlocks and style of dress. Rastafarianism is another branch of the Black Nationalist movement. The worship of black race is a common element of the various Black Nationalist sects and the Rastafaris worshiped Haile Salassie, the emperor of Ethiopia, as the “Christ,” a God on earth, much as fellow Black Nationalist, Barack Obama, was declared to be a Christ figure, by Louis Farrakhan and others of his ilk.
Black Hebrew Israelite-ism can be considered to be part of the greater Black Nationalist movement, whose members generally worship certain leaders as gods and see white society as satanic or literally the Devil, doomed to destruction in the black nationalist version of the End Times, when the black (non-white) races will rebel against white rule. The doctrine is much like a Jewish version of Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam. Just like the NOI cooperates with white liberals, some Black Hebrew and other black nationalists groups have cooperated with white conservatives and even white nationalists/racists.
My own experience has been that the great majority of Tea Partiers do not have any racial animus at all, they welcome those of other races and ethnic groups to their events. For that reason, I believe that they should understand the background of Black Hebrew-ism/black nationalism. In fact, most Tea Partiers seem to have a complex about criticism of individuals of other races, even when the criticism of them is deserved.
One cannot read Ted Hayes’ mind, of course. However, a speaker, who dresses and speaks like a Black Hebrew Israelite at a Tea Party and uses Hebrew Israelite rhetoric on his website, is much like a speaker at a civil rights meeting wearing white sheets and a pointy white hood. There is a history of extreme racism against whites — and especially against white Jews — in the Black Hebrew Israelite cult movement, as in the general black nationalist movement. If anyone has the audacity to point this out, however, of course Ted Hayes and others immediately play the race card, just like Obama’s minions do.
The event was organized by “Stop Taxing Us,” an activist group, headed by Gary Gonsalves. This note provides some background information on the Black Hebrew Israelite movement and the range of beliefs of Black Hebrew Israel-ism and its different subgroups. The writer has been denounced by Hayes allies, such as Barbara Coe of the California Coalition for Immigration Reform, Chelene Nightingale, former candidate for governor of the American Independent Party, Jeff Schwilk of the San Diego Minutemen and Gary Gonsalves. Threats of violent physical retaliation and personal attack campaigns have also been received from Jeff Schwilk. A link to this page posted on the conservative Free Republic website has been censored by the editors of that site.
Note in the SPLC report below that Black Hebrew Israelite priests generally wear white garb during religious ritual (a symbol of purity) — as Ted Hayes wears in this photo — sometimes accompanied by a red tunic. Hayes wears a scarf with red in it, also symbolic. They are the ceremonial colors of a minister of Black Hebrew Israel-ism. Hayes has referred to himself in the past as a “minister.”
Ben Ammi ben Israel is a African Hebrew Israelite Messiah and head of the “Kingdom of God,” a colony of Black Hebrew Israelites, who moved from Chicago, Illinois to Israel, starting in the 1960’s. Ben Ammi lives in Dimona with his four wives and fifteen children and was proclaimed to be the messiah in this ceremony in 2005. Some Black Hebrews in Israel of the Ben Ammi group have recently been given Israeli citizenship, but they are not recognized as Jews and do not have the “right of return” granted to Jews.
Hayes has stated in public that illegal immigration is equivalent to “genocide” and ethnic cleansing of blacks. These are very extreme racial/ethnic views. Hayes is well-known as a “homeless activist.” It is common for black nationalist groups to recruit from the down-and-out. The Nation of Islam also does that.
In the next clip Hayes race-baits a Jew, whom he implies is racist, merely because his skin is “white” and hair too “straight,” questions his Jewish ancestry — presumably because his skin is white — and calls him a “kapo,” a Jew that worked with the Nazis to exterminate other Jews. Black Hebrew Israelites consider blacks to be the real Jews and “white” Jews to be impostors and apostate. Hayes is letting some Black Hebrew doctrine slip out here.
There are several different groups of Black Hebrews that may have a wide range of beliefs. The examples below are meant to provide an idea of the range of beliefs, what they have in common and how extreme the beliefs can be. It is not meant as a declaration that Ted Hayes accepts all of these beliefs in their most extreme form, but just to show the themes that run though Black Hebrew-ism as a movement. Black Hebrew Israelites are known for their racist, sometimes even genocidal doctrine against whites, including white Jews. Below is a slide show that was made from a podcast by the Southern Poverty Law Center about the Black Hebrew Israelite movement. The text and images are editorial additions to the clip, not part of the original audio of the SPLC podcast.
Mark Potok of the SPLC states in the podcast above that not all Black Hebrew Israelites are racists. But he may be overly generous. He, himself, outlines their fundamentally racist doctrine. The idea that religion should be fundamentally based on race and that blacks are the “Chosen People” is inherently a racist doctrine. There is a broad range in the intensity of the racism. Some Black Hebrew Israelites are just not as overt and outspoken as others about that doctrine. The scene in this clip is from the documentary, “The Gods of Times Square,” which features a group of Black Hebrew Israelite street preachers. Such hateful street preaching is a common activity among ministers of Black Hebrew Israel-ism.
This is a image from the clip above of one of the Black Hebrew Israelites wearing a “Star of David.” This is also a symbol of Freemasonry, called the “Seal of Solomon.” Black Hebrew-ism has been much influenced by the occult beliefs of Freemasonry. This symbol, greatly exaggerated in size, is commonly used by Black Hebrews to identify themselves.
Hayes, during the Minuteman’s “March through Los Angeles” wore a similar Seal of Solomon around his neck. Hayes apparently wanted blacks, who saw him in this march to think that he is a Black Hebrew Israelite. So, I am not sure why I shouldn’t believe it. It gives him more credibility with some blacks in LA, who will believe that he is a black nationalist and not an “Uncle Tom” when they see his symbol, dress and dreadlocks, while most whites know too little about black history and cult religious traditions to have a clue what it represents.
This is another clip of a group of Black Hebrew Israelites race-baiting a young Jewish man on the streets of actually Philadelphia, not Detroit as is incorrectly stated in the clip.
Some Black Nationalists have a UFO-cult belief system. The doctrine of the Nation of Islam, another Black Nationalist sect, holds that their founder, Fard Muhammad, will return in a giant spaceship to destroy America and the white man. The plot of the movie “Independence Day” is loosely based on this End Times scenario of some Black Nationalists, though in the movie whitey survives. Various groups share this UFO-cult belief, as have some Black Hebrew Israelites, such as the Yahweh ben Yahweh cult. This small group of Black Hebrew Israelites in Las Vegas summoned UFO’s to commemorate the election of fellow Black Nationalist, Barack Obama. The lyrics reflect Black Nationalist teachings that the white man and America will be destroyed by the black race in the End Times, led by a black messiah.
Black Liberation Theology, the doctrine of Obama’s Trinity Church in Chicago is derived largely from the theology of the Nation of Islam. The fundamental beliefs are the same, although the UFO scenario is left out out of the literature of Black Liberation Theology.
Ted Hayes is also associated with the Minutemen, an anti-illegal-immigration group. Below Hayes poses with Chelene Nightingale, former candidate for Governor, who has long been associated with the Minutemen movement. Jeff Schwilk, head of the San Diego chapter of the San Diego Minutemen, threatened to “kick the ass” of this writer, for pointing out that Ted Hayes presents himself in words and dress as an adherent of a branch of the Black Nationalist cult movement, the Black Hebrew Israelites.
Some Black Hebrew sects do have conservative views. The Yahweh ben Yahweh Sect in Miami, is a branch of the Black Hebrew Israelites, with influence from Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam, that was enormously popular with local Republicans for their self-help philosophy, business acumen and conservative values until members were convicted of the murder of as many as twenty-three random whites and black dissidents in the 1980’s, including hacking off the head of a live dissident with a machete.
The so-called “Blacks against Obama” group of “conservatives” was reportedly headed by a former member of the Yahweh ben Yahweh cult, some of whose members slaughtered whites during the 1980’s. “Blacks against Obama” members are shown in this clip protesting Obama during the campaign of 2008.
Not only do few Tea Partiers realize that they have a Black Nationalist as President and what that means for the country, but they do not recognize them in their midst at the own Tea Parties, either, and may even invite them as featured speakers. Black Nationalists, though they may have a racist doctrine, often attempt to manipulate naive unwitting whites to serve their own agenda, as Obama has done so very well. Some play the guilt feelings and political correctness of white folks like a fiddle. People should be wary of the adherents of such black nationalist belief systems, especially, if the member of such a sect happens to be your President and Commander-in-Chief.
It is an old tradition. Some blacks have always danced to the tune of whites, when it is to their benefit in some way. Though sometimes it is hard to tell, who is bamboozling whom.
The images of the Oceanside Tax Day Tea Party were copied from this American Power blog article written by Donald Douglas.
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