There has been much debate back and forth for who is to blame for the confrontation this weekend at the nation’s capital between Native Americans, students from Kentucky’s Covington Catholic High School, and Hebrew Israelites.
Initially, the majority of angry comments were directed at the Catholic students wearing MAGA hats. After viewing several videos of the incident, the blame lands squarely on them, but also on the Hebrew Israelites.
It’s clear from the video that Nathan Phillips, a Vietnam veteran taking part in an Indigenous Peoples March, attempted to defuse the tension between the two groups. He was walking between the students toward the top of the steps of the Lincoln Memorial when he came face to face with Nick Sandmann, a MAGA hat-wearing student from the Catholic school. Sandmann refused to move and Phillips wouldn’t walk around him.
Sandmann argues that his group didn’t do anything racist or to provoke the Native Americans. In the video, you can hear the students chanting. Sandmann says they received permission from their chaperones to sing “school spirits chants.”
Did those chaperones give them permission to do the tomahawk chop? Did they give one of the students permission to strip to his underwear and jump around like a primate? Do their school chants sound eerily similar to the chants Mr. Phillips was singing? What is his excuse for not stepping aside for an elderly man? While not casting all the blame on his group, I’m not buying Sandmann’s excuse. Just like Donald Trump, he’s a liar. Sandmann is upset that he’s coming off as a creepy little bastard for staring and smiling in Mr. Phillips’ face. Maybe in the future, he shouldn’t act like a creepy little bastard.
Donald Trump, and his “Make America Great Again,” campaign is to blame for this atmosphere. It’s to blame for his followers’ public displays of racism.
Trump has repeatedly exhibited racism by calling Senator Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas.” Last weekend, probably out of sheer boredom, he invoked Wounded Knee and Bighorn in another attack on the senator.
Trump is a bully. His specialty is bullying women and minorities. Just like most bullies, he’s a coward. These students are learning from Trump, as they cowardly bullied Mr. Phillips and the other Native Americans while they were in a large group.
MAGA is about making America worse. MAGA represents bullying, racism, hypocrisy, and lies. MAGA bullies get upset over commercials that encourage an end to bullying. MAGA bullies find bullying hilarious. MAGA bullies breed and make little bullies who then go on to national monuments to bully minorities. MAGA bullies chant Trump’s name at minorities because he is such a racist, his name has now become a racist slur.
Kids, the future of this nation, bullying minorities in a racist fashion is not making America great again. The Parkland survivors are the youth who will make America great again. The Covington kids will be another ugly chapter of the Trump era in future history books.
You can analyze the videos all you want to find the bullies, but as soon as someone puts on a MAGA hat, they’ve joined the club.
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