It might be a little late in the game to be weighing in on the ongoing battle royale swirling around the Covington Catholic High School incident in D.C., but I’m gonna do it anyway.
Much is now being made about how the media allegedly screwed up.
They’re being accused of inaccurately portraying this incident based on a single video clip of what appears to be a confrontation between students from Covington Catholic High School and Nathan Phillips, Tribal Elder of the Omaha Tribe and Vietnam Veteran.
This from The Atlantic: Stop Trusting Viral Videos
Video can capture narratives that people take as truths, offering evidence that feels incontrovertible. But the fact that those visceral certainties can so easily be called into question offers a good reason to trust video less, rather than more.
And this, also from The Atlantic in another article: I Failed the Covington Catholic Test
Why are we all so primed for outrage, and what if the thousands of words and countless hours spent on this had been directed toward something consequential?
Is there an element of truth to all this?
Dana Loesch, spokesmodel for the NRA, seems to think so:
So does the president:
Here’s the thing, though – there are lots of folks holding fast to their perceptions regarding ‘bad behavior’ on the part of the Covington kids.
A response to Ms. Loesch from John Pavlovitz, author and pastor:
Mr. Pavolovitz apparently said this with tongue planted firmly in cheek from what I can gather given Ms. Loesch’s displeasure with what the Parkland kids were trying to do to address gun violence after the massacre at their school.
Another less subtle response from Mellowcheese – this one directed at the president (the photo speaks for itself):
From Father Edward Beck, CNN Religion Commentator:
From Lisa Sharon Harper, Senior Fellow Auburn Seminary, a multi-tweet thread giving a blow-by-blow narrative:
And straight from the proverbial horse’s mouth, the Diocese of Covington:
An excerpt from that statement:
We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general, Jan. 18, after the March for Life, in Washington, D.C
And on, and on, and on…right wrong or indifferent.
I’m admittedly an old fart. I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s.
The videos and analyses of what I call ‘the Covington Kids Calamity’ incident took me right back to the Civil Rights Movement.
Protesters of that era had more than a little hatred, debasement, and ridicule heaped upon them.
Apparently, given what happened in D.C., some things haven’t changed all that much over time.
Nick Sandmann issued a statement regarding his involvement in this incident via CNN. He’s the student engaged in a staredown with Nathan Phillips.
An excerpt from that statement:
The protestor (sic) everyone has seen in the video began playing his drum as he waded into the crowd, which parted for him. I did not see anyone try to block his path. He locked eyes with me and approached me, coming within inches of my face. He played his drum the entire time he was in my face.
So, who’s right and who’s wrong?
I’m thinking we should consider a lyric from an old Buffalo Springfield song:
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong.
Bottom line is the Covington Catholic High School incident, while emotionally provocative, presents an opportunity for folks to at least discuss racial issues and injustices on a national level.
That doesn’t mean those issues will get resolved.
It doesn’t mean that any kind of consensus will be reached.
It does, however, mean that people are talking.
People are discussing.
People are at least trying to communicate with each other.
That’s the opportunity that we have before us, and we are less for it if we choose to not participate in those discussions.
We are less for it if we choose a need to win those discussions at all costs by forcing our views on others.
Keeping an open mind and open heart is what will win in the end.
Kinda kumbaya, eh?
My two cents.
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