Or close enough for the lying liberal media to run with, anyway.
I am startled by the massive controversy that has erupted over the Covington (KY) Catholic school boys and the Native American man, Nathan Phillips, in the aftermath of the March For Life. Several video clips of the confrontation between an elder of the Omaha tribe and a large group of Catholic high school boys wearing MAGA hats have gone viral. Here’s a news story about the video, summing up the basics of the controversy.
A selected part of the clip shows boys jumping and hooting and acting in a somewhat intimidating way towards the older man, as if to mock him. Some people interpret the boy standing in front of the man, the kid with a rictus grin, as sneering at the old man. Others say that you can’t assume that was a sneer; maybe the kid just didn’t know what to do.
In any case, the Catholic school has apologized for its students’ action, and the mayor of their hometown has denounced them. The boys were in town for the March For Life. The video is being widely cited as an example of the Trumpification of Christianity, and connected to the Karen Pence school controversy as yet another example of why conservative Christianity is an evil that must be driven from the precincts of the decent.
It is possible that the Catholic boys were complete asses. My initial judgment was that they certainly were that. You don’t treat a peaceful elderly person like this. Even if they thought he was wrong, those boys owed him respect. Yes, the old man approached them, but they could and should have handled him with respect. They come off as bullies.
But then I watched more clips, showing the greater context of the incident. It is not as simple as it has been portrayed. Below is a more complete video account of what happened. In it, one of the Catholic boys is overheard asking, “Does anybody know what he’s doing? Does anybody know what’s going on here.”
And, in it, one of the Indians with Phillips shouts: “White people, go back to Europe. This is not your land.” He curses the students with f-bombs (video is NSFW). He goes on: “You’re being a white man about it. That’s all you know how to do.”
You didn’t see that in the news reporting, did you?
Of course you didn’t. What the hell good would an irrelevant little thing like the truth do for Teh Narrative™?
I don’t think this is what happened at all, though. These boys were already chanting their high school chants. Nathan Phillips confronted them. They don’t appear to understand what point he was making with his own chanting and drum-beating. And now they are held up to the contempt of the country for something they appear not to have done at all. And, the news accounts conveniently ignore the provocative, racist, foul-mouthed attacks on the boys by one of Phillips’s Native American companions.
Here’s something else: in 2015, this same Native American elder, Phillips, confronted college students wearing Indian garb at a college party, and claimed he was treated disrespectfully by them. So he said; no video exists. It appears that he was looking for a confrontation of some sort. If those college boys behaved that way, it was indeed wrong, and offensive. But Nathan Philips seems like a man who seeks out these opportunities for confrontation, and then to go to the media with them. Notice in the clip that went viral, Philips had a man with a camera following him as he approached the MAGA boys.
Philips is a scumbag—a devious, dishonest provocateur. He can roast in a heap-big lake of burning firewater for a thousand years for all me. And I don’t give a big stiff shit if that sentiment harelips every redskin on the reservation, either. Neo knows what’s up with this garbage:
Way too many people reporting this sort of thing and making it go viral on Twitter are uninterested in getting the facts right or telling the truth. They know from previous experience that a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on. They count on it, and they know that most of the people ranting and raving about this and wanting to punch that Covington kid in the mouth and ruin his life will never, never ever, believe that the first story wasn’t the real story.
And that’s the whole point. Hell, why wouldn’t they? They’ve been successful with this tactic way too many times to abandon it now…or ever.
Get back to me when it’s time to start shooting the cocksuckers dead, dead, dead. Until then, it’s just more business as usual, that’s all.
Update! Weird Dave has your lesson of the day:
As we can see, the Covington kids were dancing and chanting when Mr. Phillips decided to march into their circle. In fact, once you have that context, the entire first clip takes on a different light. Suddenly what we see is a bunch of exuberant kids and “Hey, look here, this drum guy is coming to join us! Yaaaaah!”. You can say that the tomahawk chops were “culturally insensitive”, and I’ll give that to you using the standards of hyper-PC culture that the left is demanding, but really, if that’s all “racism” is now, haven’t we pretty much solved that problem?
To my mind, we now have a totally different situation than the narrative we were spoon fed. Could the kids have been better behaved? I suppose so, but I don’t see them doing anything wrong, and in the full video below they show remarkable restraint when Mr. Benyamyan get into it (at one point he yells to the kids “You president is a homosexual!” and several shout back “Who cares?” Just another example of the rampant homophobia on the right donchakno).
So there you have it. A perfect case illustrating exactly how the media manipulates a story to push a preferred narrative. The conclusions I’ve presented here are my own, based upon the available evidence which I’ve presented above, feel free to draw your own. If you have a compelling counter argument (with evidence), please present it below. There’s a lot more information available out there, particularly on Twitter (like statements from the students themselves and a (predictable) knee-jerk condemnation of the kids from the Diocese of Covington ), go see for yourself. Never, ever, ever believe what the media tells you to believe without checking into it personally.
It occurs to me that maybe Chief Sit-N-Spin’s ancestors could have saved themselves a lot of heartache (a real Trail Of Tears) if they’d just built themselves a Big Beautiful Wall before Columbus fetched his genocidal self up on these shores and started making with the murder and mayhem.
Ask me a hard one update! Asshole asks, I answer.
Honest question. Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s? pic.twitter.com/jolQ7BZQPD
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) January 20, 2019
Yeah—yours. Daniel McCarthy goes on to wax outright silly:
Rhetorical questions about punching kids? Imagine the response of Aslan’s professional friends if he’d asked that about, say, one of the high schoolers campaigning for gun control after the Parkland, Florida shootings. Or imagine Aslan saying that about any teenager who’s not wearing a MAGA hat. Nonviolence and protecting children don’t apply when you’re an enemy to the woke, enlightened left.
Of course they don’t. Nor do tolerance, open-mindedness, or restraint. Nor does honesty. But then, with the Left, when have those things ever applied, except when they can be made use of as rhetorical weapons?
Teachable moment update! “What does it say about us that we still listen to these people?” Nothing good, at least for those of us who DO still listen to them.
As far as I can tell from watching the many videos of the event, reading the various accounts of events, evaluating the credibility of the sources, and considering how I would react, the young man, Nick Sandmann, whose face is now famous was not smirking. He was smiling, then grimacing.
The young men didn’t pick up on what was happening quickly enough, but if you look closely, you can almost see the moment they figure it out. At first Sandmann is smiling, being friendly. Then he sees what is happening, and at that moment, resolve flashes across his eyes. The smile doesn’t fade, but the tone of it changes to something less friendly. There is a drum beating in his ear, so the smile serves as a good cover for a grimace. And if you think you wouldn’t grimace when someone is banging a drum in your ear and staring you in the face, you are kidding yourself. You can almost see the gears turning as he considers what to do. But then his instincts kick in. He doesn’t look to his friends for support. He stares down his opponent. He doesn’t fight back, but he doesn’t back down either.
If my son had traveled to Washington D.C. with his male classmates to attend the “March for Life,” I would be glad. If he had the gumption to wear a MAGA hat in D.C., I would be impressed. If he showed half of the positive attitude and comradery with his fellow young men as the men did on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial while waiting for their bus, I would be pleased. If my son was friendly enough to smile and welcome others beating drums, as the video clearly shows the young men doing, I would smile. And if, after it became clear that the drum-beating men were not friends but instead there do disrupt, my son stood his ground without flinching, I would be damn proud. Because that’s what good men do—they don’t let themselves be pushed around by bullies and haters.
Damned skippy. DAMNED skippy. After that rousing excerpt, I shouldn’t even have to tell you that you’re going to want to read it all.