A day off from school in January should be a happy occasion. Students pray for snow days. But Covington Catholic in Kentucky was closed on Tuesday, January 22, for a different reason: threats of violence.
Young white men from Covington Catholic High School were in Washington, D.C., a few days earlier for the March for Life—an anti-abortion rally that attracted hundreds of thousands of people, mostly whites. The mainstream media generally reports very lightly on the event.
However, when an American Indian activist named Nathan Phillips confronted the students from Covington, many reporters saw their big chance. They were incensed that several students were wearing red MAGA hats.
Thus, a petty encounter took on major cultural importance; journalist Jessica Valenti believed a photograph of the incident would be “historic.” For the corporate media, this was a chance to smear pro-lifers, Christians, and Trump supporters as racists.
Thanks to the excellent work of filmmaker Mike Cernovich and other independent journalists, the libel against the students has been exposed. And as the facts came out, Mr. Phillips changed his story.
Mr. Phillips first told the Washington Post that he was singing a traditional Indian song when the teenagers surrounded him, some chanting, “Build that wall, build that wall.” He decided the right thing to do was to get away. “I’ve got to find myself an exit out of this situation.” In the many videos of the incident that have come to light, no one says “Build the wall.” Also, he approach the boys, not the other way around.
Later, Mr. Phillips told the Detroit Free Press the incident began when the white Covington Catholic boys confronted four blacks, inspiring him to intervene: “There was that moment when I realized I’ve put myself between beast and prey. These young men were beastly and these old black individuals was their prey.” Mr. Phillips even suggested the boys might kill someone.
The blacks were members of the Black Hebrew Israelite cult and were calling the boys “racists,” “bigots,” “white crackers,” and “faggots”—something the Detroit Free Press chose not to emphasize. Mr. Phillips admitted the Black Israelites were saying some “harsh things, but some of it was true, too.” One wonders what part was true. But then Mr. Phillips claims that the boys turned on him with a “mob mentality.” “It was ugly, what these kids were involved in,” he said. “It was racism. It was hatred. It was scary.” Again, several videos of the incident give no support for this accusation, but Mr. Phillips’s fabrications fueled an outpouring of vitriol against the students from journalists, celebrities, and professional Beltway “conservatives.”
Jack Morrissey, a film producer for Disney, wrote “#MAGAkids go screaming, hats first into the woodchipper,” in a now deleted Tweet. He included an image from the movie ‘Fargo’ (where a character was put headfirst into a woodchipper).
Actress Alyssa Milano tweeted:
The red MAGA hat is the new white hood.
Without white boys being able to empathize with other people, humanity will continue to destroy itself. #FirstThoughtsWhenIWakeUp
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) January 20, 2019
This cocky shitkicker should be expelled til he shows true contrition, as should all who egged him on. White arrogance & entitlement at its best…entitlement to be heard, harass & demean…He's now entitled to removal from his 'religious' school…https://t.co/3Ohkb0kQ79
— Tim Wise (@timjacobwise) January 20, 2019
Even when it became clear the students had done nothing wrong, Mr. Wise tweeted a long-thread redirecting his animosity at parents: “1/ Having watched the entire video of the DC confrontation between a bunch of KY white boys and an indigenous elder, I gotta say, y’all that are trying to say those kids did nothing wrong are high…2/ What the Black Hebrew Israelites were yelling at them previously is irrelevant. Those guys represent no one, and surely not indigenous peoples. When the elder was drumming, those cocky ass shitkickers are doing tomahawk chops and shit…3/ Because to them, that’s all Indian peoples are: some folks that their shitkicking ancestors stole land from, and might makes right so who cares? Well, their moral compass is broken. I hope they’re expelled. Their parents are failures and so are they…”
Reza Aslan, an academic who has 288,000 followers on Twitter, posted:
Honest question. Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s? pic.twitter.com/jolQ7BZQPD
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) January 20, 2019
Chris Evans, the actor who portrays the Marvel comic character Captain America, added his own commentary to a #Resistance tweet:
This is appalling. The ignorance. The gall. The disrespect. It’s shameful. And sadly on brand. When something like this isnt even surprising, it’s evidence to our place in the cycle of recreating our darker chapters. That Native American man showed incredible strength and dignity https://t.co/Im4KLw3sV7
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) January 19, 2019
This was re-tweeted 36,000 times and liked 217,000 times. Captain America has not issued a correction to his 10.4 million followers.
Ron Perlman, a prominent actor, in a now-deleted Tweet, wrote to his 772,000 followers, “Always some muthafucka on the internet telling me I aint’ seen what I’m seeing. Little white bitches in red hats symbolizing the lowest impulses there are. Fuck em!!!” This was in response to a Tweet from liberal journalist Jake Tapper reporting that video footage contradicted Nathan Phillips’s claims.
Sarah Beattie, a writer for Saturday Night Life, tweeted, “I will blow whoever manages to punch that maga kid in the face.”
Alex Cranz, an editor at Gizmodo, blamed the Covington students for her own mental weakness:
From elementary school through college I went to school with sheltered upper middle class white boys who could DEVASTATE with a smirk. A facial guesture that weaponized their privilege. Infuriatingly you can’t fight that fucking smirk with a punch or words.
— Alex Cranz (@alexhcranz) January 19, 2019
She also tweeted:
I fucking hate that smirk. It says “I’m richer, I’m white, and I’m a guy. My existence trumps your experience.”
Few things make me as angry as that smirk. I’ve learned the best recourse is to ignore those fucks, and keep dismantling their power structures. #FuckEmThroughProgress
— Alex Cranz (@alexhcranz) January 19, 2019
Bakari Sellers, a black CNN contributor, implicitly urged violence, tweeting: “He [the student] is a deplorable. Some ppl can also be punched in the face.”
— Matt Wolking (@MattWolking) January 21, 2019
Twitter user Spicy Chicken Nugget (@katalinnaaa) wrote: “I’m going to tweet something very insensitive which I’ll probably delete later but why can’t school shootings happen at Covington catholic high school.”
And here it is… pic.twitter.com/okQd5bYjGT
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) January 22, 2019
So it’s not surprising Covington Catholic had to be closed, and was reopened today under police guard.
The students of Covington Catholic face real hatred, and powerful people promote this hatred. This will continue until whites can take their own side. If we can’t take our own side, we deserve everything we get—and its crystal clear what our enemies want for us.
Paul Kersey lives in Denver, Colorado and is the author of Escape from Detroit.