I have neither the time nor the inclination to give a blow-by-blow recap of the events over the weekend involving the students from Covington Catholic High School. Nor do I believe that you need one. You’ve likely already decided what your position on the incident is, and nothing I could say would change that opinion. For the record, I think the kids probably did nothing wrong. After reading the lawyer and PR-approved version of the featured student’s statement, I think it’s actually likely that the kids were intentionally targeted by this crisis actor, Nathan Phillips. a man who claims to be a Vietnam Veteran but also appears to be 64 years old.
(Note: This is being investigated and the records request has already been filed — JB)
No, I come before you today as a parent, specifically the parent of two students at a private Christian school in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
It should alarm each and every one of you how ready and willing the national media is to demonize white Midwestern children. In fact, not only is the media ready to demonize them, it is ready to doxx them and suggest actual physical harm to them, simply for standing in one spot and smiling while an adult political figure beats a drum in their faces.
That’s right—in Liberal America, it is now a crime to be Standing While White.
Honest question. Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s? pic.twitter.com/jolQ7BZQPD
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) January 20, 2019
Nick Sandmann, who is a Junior at CovCath (as we Kentuckians call it), is younger than the “child” Michael Brown was when he stole from a convenience store and menaced the store’s owner in Ferguson, Missouri. He is of approximately the same age that the “child” Trayvon Martin was when he pinned the “white Hispanic” George Zimmerman to the ground and beat his head against the blacktop repeatedly.
But Mr. Sandmann is not being granted the same title of “child.” No, because he was in D.C. to attend the March For Life, and because he was wearing a “MAGA” hat, he is basically a Nazi. Let’s forget the fact that he literally said and did nothing. Let’s forget the group of Black Hebrew Israelites who were screaming at him, threatening to “harvest his organs.” Let’s forget all of that and focus on his hat.
That hat, according to the media, represents the following:
- basically being a full-blown Nazi
As somebody who owns and wears this hat, let me assure you that it represents exactly none of these things. For the vast majority of people who voted for him, President Trump’s campaign slogan represented the opportunity to restore pride in their nation, to return jobs and industry to America, to reduce our unemployment rates, and to secure our borders. President Trump was the first victorious President in history to campaign on a pro-gay marriage platform. He has worked to reduce sentences for non-violent criminals. He has been called the “Uniter-in-Chief” by none other than Van Jones.
Doesn’t matter, though. Wearing the (admittedly ugly) red hat makes you the enemy of the people. It puts you on the Wrong Side Of History, which is what liberals say when they don’t have a single leg to stand on.
I have no doubt that newsrooms and bloggers shrieked with joy when they saw his face. He just looks like a snobby, annoying rich kid. I’m pretty certain Nick Sandmann isn’t a racist, or a bigot, or a homophobe. But he is white. Even worse? He’s a Christian! Even worse than that? HE’S RICH! And he didn’t even EARN it! Fuck this kid. Send his family death threats. Doxx him. He doesn’t deserve sympathy for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time, targeted by a group of people who suspiciously had cameras at the ready.
The whole situation reminds me of the Duke Lacrosse rape case. Privileged, smirking white kids. A minority victim. A lack of evidence. A national media hungry to vilify some kids. And, boy, did they ever. Check out these headlines:
Boys in ‘Make America Great Again’ Hats Mob Native Elder (New York Times)
Students in Trump Hats Mock Native American (New York Times)
Covington Catholic could expel students who taunted Native American man in viral video (USA Today)
Students in ‘MAGA’ hats mock Native American (Washington Post)
There have been a few media outlets who have apologized now that several, longer videos that mostly exonerate the CovCath kids have surfaced. The Atlantic, in particular, ran a good story about a woman who admits she failed the test. But a significant majority of the media is doubling down.
As a parent, I’m disgusted, but not surprised. So today, I’m pledging to not allow my kids to be victims of a bloodthirsty media mob. I stand with Mr. Sandmann and his classmates. I remember each of the outlets and “journalists” who recklessly ran with this story. I wear my MAGA hat, and if you have one, I encourage you to do the same