The word on social media is that members of the New Black Panther Party and the Nation of Islam have arrived in McKinney, Texas, the site of a videotaped incident last week in which a white police officer is seen manhandling a black teenage girl at a pool party that apparently attracted what one witness called "a large, aggressive crowd" to participate in protests against the police.
Officer Eric Casebolt, who was originally placed on leave pending an investigation, has since submitted his resignation and is now in hiding due to threats. But protesters began blocking streets and targeting the police department nonetheless, chanting, "We can't swim, you can't drive. McKinney." Twitchy reported that members of Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam and the New Black Panther Party "are in town" and "are walking through the neighborhood right now!" according to one.
"That should fix everything," one person said on Twitter in response.
A growing number of people are coming forward to say that the hasty media barrage about McKinney is not the whole truth. Talk show host Benet Embry said (in a Facebook post that has since been removed),
Oh, I say and I say it again, ya been had! Ya been took! Ya been hoodwinked! Bamboozled! Led astray! Run amok! MediaTakeout.com posts a story showing only 7 minutes of a 30 minute ordeal, makes it racial and all the activist come a running. Look, I LIVE in this community and this ENTIRE incident is NOT racial at all. A few THUGS spoiled a COMMUNITY event by fighting, jumping over fences into a PRIVATE pool, harassing and damaging property. Not EVERYTHING is about RACE. WE have other issuses [sic] that NEED our attention other flights of made up make believe causes.
On Monday night, Embry reiterated this to Fox's Sean Hannity:
Let me be clear. The subdivision I live in is not a racist community. It is a diverse subdivision, black, white, Hispanic, East Indian, American Indian, all living together in friendship. Going back to the incident at the pool. It was a pool party out of control there. Out of 130 kids only seven caused a whole bunch of confusion.
Nation of Islam leader Farrakhan and leaders of the New Black Panther Party have been calling for violence to tear America apart.