A perfect example of failure in the media (whitewashing) can be viewed when looking at the recent viral video of the students from Covington Catholic High School and Nathan Philips. Unless a minority has an unblemished history, they will always find a way to make them the monster and racists the victim. Allies that stood with you, if they even bother to stand with you, (how many white allies stood with Black women regarding R. Kelly) will quickly run for the hills when the tide of public perception, thanks to the media, shifts and it is no longer “woke” to stand with a target of racism.
The Videos and Media’s Whitewashing
The first video to circulate shows Nathan Phillips playing his drum in front of Nick Sandmann (Maga hat-wearing teen) who stands there smirking while a lot of Sandmann’s classmates laugh, video and mock.
Once extra footage surfaced, showing Hebrew Israelites making comments toward the white MAGA teens, the narrative started changing. It was no longer the elder laughed, mocked and smirked at, but these poor kids (only young white people get to actually receive this classification even with abhorrent behavior) being bullied by Omaha Nation elder Nathan Phillips who is playing his drum and singing.
The media, along with a lot of white people, also took Nick Sandmann’s statement as fact and now there was debate over “what really happened” and claims that this “feeds the narrative” that Trump and anyone who supports him is racist.
The media ran with it, outlets like NBC Today, interviewing the teen, in front of Phillips, in the video (sans MAGA hat) about how this video “misrepresented” them and they’re “not racist”.
Some like the NYPost, going so far as to dig up Phillips run ins with the law from the 70’s and posting opinion pieces written by Post Editorial Board (strength in numbers) titled “Nathan Phillips is a liar, not a victim” because news outlets put out he was a Vietnam veteran, when what Phillips said was “Vietnam era”. They dig up the history of Phillips from about 40 years ago, but mainstream white media do not look into the school or students.
Some allies, even some social justice warriors on Twitter, started to say they “jumped the gun” and apologized to the teens or, as Jamie Lee Curtis said, “there are two sides”. Politicians as well are quickly backing away from this fight.
For the few who remain in it, the question is why? Is it because you see racism? Or is it because those teens in MAGA hats were there for a March for Life rally? There are some white feminists who, for them, all that matters is they are a threat to their white women rights. After all, these teens will be adults soon.
The issue here is what white people perceive as racist and what minorities — who are on the receiving end — know is racist. So let’s make something clear from the start.
Trump is racist. If you wear a MAGA hat (in support of Trump) you are racist. Like a “white supremacy” t-shirt or a swastika, your ideology is to elevate the white patriarchy and control, dehumanize and eliminate any other ethnic or group that opposes that aim.
So no, these aren’t harmless kids being led by loving adults from a Catholic school with a sole desire to “foster an environment of educational excellence and equip young men with a set of spiritual and moral values to become strong Christian leaders”. They are teaching them how to be racist and continue this toxic environment so that white supremacy alongside male dominance is sustained.
By simply wearing a MAGA hat you are instigating a confrontation. You are stating, without words, that you are for white supremacy (like your president) and against LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, equal rights and anti-Black (like your president).
You may want to “agree to disagree”, but your beliefs will and is affecting these groups day-to-day lives. The reverse does not. So again, we will not have a meeting to discuss because your whole system views us as lesser than and, therefore, you (wearing that hat) are announcing you are a threat to anyone who is not white and male.
Also, let’s not forget the Nick Sandmann’s smirk. Every minority, who has repeatedly been on the receiving end of that, knows what the condescending smile means (white women for reference, think of the condescending smirk men give).
You may not see it; nevertheless, don’t presume to tell us our experience is incorrect just because that experience is not in your purview. The extra footage also shows a blonde teen waving her hands in a faux Indigenous dance.
Nathan Phillips did not look combative, was not smirking or appear angry nor condescending. But we are now told to revile him and sympathize with the MAGA hat-wearing smirker and media helped this perception intentionally.
So, once more, from MAGA hat to mocking dances to smirk, these are not innocent kids who just happened to be bullied. They are there in support of their racist white president and are marching to rip autonomy from women.
As stated in previous pieces, for a lot of white people, as long as the racism isn’t blatant and you slather it in words like “America first”, “patriotism”, “U.S. economy” or “MAGA” many white people aren’t comfortable with challenging it.
Another word we bring up time and again: comfortable. There’s a level of comfort white people must feel in order to champion a cause that is not their own. They need to feel fellow white people, among their liberal friends at least, are on their side.
This is the modus operandi of white patriarchal media. They grab on anything, no matter how irrelevant to the actual incident, and use it to show that the victim is not perfect. They know their audience — hell they groomed their audience — and know how easily people will abandon a fight without the perfect victim to sympathize.