The New Children's Crusade: Recruiting for America's Culture War - 2023-03-06
Wearing a blue America First cap, 19-year-old Max White stood among a dozen protesters, softly mouthing the Hail Mary prayers over and over: "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death."
Around White flew the flags of right-wing extremist groups, including the American Nationalist Initiative and the New Columbia Movement, carried by men who looked to be in their 20s, strapped with rosaries or assault rifles or both. On a cloudless January day in Dallas, they faced off against a group of nearly 100 community members who showed up to support the drag show performance that White and his peers were protesting.
"I started going to these events last year, starting with the Pride event in Oak Lawn. … I was like, 'If these people are going to go and protest this kind of stuff, just perverse sexual stuff for kids, I'm going,'" he said.