Confronted by hate, Covington Catholic teens show America what tolerance looks like

 

Students from Covington Catholic were forced to endure a barrage of hate, insults, harassment, and physical intimidation as they waited to return to their Kentucky homes.

They soon found themselves at the center of a controversy, as a cleverly edited video went viral, falsely painting them as bigots and racists. Mainstream media latched onto this fakery, broadcasting the false narrative to the nation. Kids in MAGA hats painted as racists? What anti-Trump journalist wouldn’t like that story! So they ran with it, with nothing more than a snippet of video designed to hide the actual events.

Quick condemnation from across the political spectrum quickly followed. But those denunciations are rapidly being withdrawn as full video documenting the entire event has emerged.

Nick Sandmann, the student at the center of the viral video, has released a statement detailing the experience of the Covington students. What is remarkable about the statement, is that these subsequent videos that have been released confirm his account.

I am providing this factual account of what happened on Friday afternoon at the Lincoln Memorial to correct misinformation and outright lies being spread about my family and me.

I am the student in the video who was confronted by the Native American protestor. I arrived at the Lincoln Memorial at 4:30 p.m. I was told to be there by 5:30 p.m., when our busses were due to leave Washington for the trip back to Kentucky. We had been attending the March for Life rally, and then had split up into small groups to do sightseeing.

When we arrived, we noticed four African American protestors who were also on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I am not sure what they were protesting, and I did not interact with them. I did hear them direct derogatory insults at our school group.

The protestors said hateful things. They called us “racists,” “bigots,” “white crackers,” “faggots,” and “incest kids.” They also taunted an African American student from my school by telling him that we would “harvest his organs.” I have no idea what that insult means, but it was startling to hear.

Because we were being loudly attacked and taunted in public, a student in our group asked one of our teacher chaperones for permission to begin our school spirit chants to counter the hateful things that were being shouted at our group. The chants are commonly used at sporting events. They are all positive in nature and sound like what you would hear at any high school. Our chaperone gave us permission to use our school chants. We would not have done that without obtaining permission from the adults in charge of our group.

At no time did I hear any student chant anything other than the school spirit chants. I did not witness or hear any students chant “build that wall” or anything hateful or racist at any time. Assertions to the contrary are simply false. Our chants were loud because we wanted to drown out the hateful comments that were being shouted at us by the protestors.

After a few minutes of chanting, the Native American protestors, who I hadn’t previously noticed, approached our group. The Native American protestors had drums and were accompanied by at least one person with a camera.

The protestor 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.

I never interacted with this protestor. I did not speak to him. I did not make any hand gestures or other aggressive moves. To be honest, I was startled and confused as to why he had approached me. We had already been yelled at by another group of protestors, and when the second group approached I was worried that a situation was getting out of control where adults were attempting to provoke teenagers.

I believed that by remaining motionless and calm, I was helping to diffuse the situation. I realized everyone had cameras and that perhaps a group of adults was trying to provoke a group of teenagers into a larger conflict. I said a silent prayer that the situation would not get out of hand.

During the period of the drumming, a member of the protestor’s entourage began yelling at a fellow student that we “stole our land” and that we should “go back to Europe.” I heard one of my fellow students begin to respond. I motioned to my classmate and tried to get him to stop engaging with the protestor, as I was still in the mindset that we needed to calm down tensions.

I never felt like I was blocking the Native American protestor. He did not make any attempt to go around me. It was clear to me that he had singled me out for a confrontation, although I am not sure why.

The engagement ended when one of our teachers told me the busses had arrived and it was time to go. I obeyed my teacher and simply walked to the busses. At that moment, I thought I had diffused the situation by remaining calm, and I was thankful nothing physical had occurred.

I never understood why either of the two groups of protestors were engaging with us, or exactly what they were protesting at the Lincoln Memorial. We were simply there to meet a bus, not become central players in a media spectacle. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever encountered any sort of public protest, let alone this kind of confrontation or demonstration.

I was not intentionally making faces at the protestor. I did smile at one point because I wanted him to know that I was not going to become angry, intimidated or be provoked into a larger confrontation. I am a faithful Christian and practicing Catholic, and I always try to live up to the ideals my faith teaches me – to remain respectful of others, and to take no action that would lead to conflict or violence.

I harbor no ill will for this person. I respect this person’s right to protest and engage in free speech activities, and I support his chanting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial any day of the week. I believe he should re-think his tactics of invading the personal space of others, but that is his choice to make.

I am being called every name in the book, including a racist, and I will not stand for this mob-like character assassination of my family’s name. My parents were not on the trip, and I strive to represent my family in a respectful way in all public settings.

I have received physical and death threats via social media, as well as hateful insults. One person threatened to harm me at school, and one person claims to live in my neighborhood. My parents are receiving death and professional threats because of the social media mob that has formed over this issue.

I love my school, my teachers and my classmates. I work hard to achieve good grades and to participate in several extracurricular activities. I am mortified that so many people have come to believe something that did not happen – that students from my school were chanting or acting in a racist fashion toward African Americans or Native Americans. I did not do that, do not have hateful feelings in my heart, and did not witness any of my classmates doing that.

I cannot speak for everyone, only for myself. But I can tell you my experience with Covington Catholic is that students are respectful of all races and cultures. We also support everyone’s right to free speech. I am not going to comment on the words or account of Mr. Phillips, as I don’t know him and would not presume to know what is in his heart or mind. Nor am I going to comment further on the other protestors, as I don’t know their hearts or minds, either.

I have read that Mr. Phillips is a veteran of the United States Marines. I thank him for his service and am grateful to anyone who puts on the uniform to defend our nation. If anyone has earned the right to speak freely, it is a U.S. Marine veteran.

I can only speak for myself and what I observed and felt at the time. But I would caution everyone passing judgement based on a few seconds of video to watch the longer video clips that are on the internet, as they show a much different story than is being portrayed by people with agendas.

I provided this account of events to the Diocese of Covington so they may know exactly what happened, and I stand ready and willing to cooperate with any investigation they are conducting.

 

Indeed, as the students began to gather at the Lincoln Memorial, their pre-designated spot to meet their buses, they were almost immediately confronted by members of the Black Hebrew Israelites (BHI). Video posted by the BHI itself to YouTube, confirms everything Nick Sandmann said in his statement, and more.

When we arrived, we noticed four African American protestors who were also on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I am not sure what they were protesting, and I did not interact with them. I did hear them direct derogatory insults at our school group.

The protestors said hateful things. They called us “racists,” “bigots,” “white crackers,” “faggots,” and “incest kids.” They also taunted an African American student from my school by telling him that we would “harvest his organs.” I have no idea what that insult means, but it was startling to hear.

The Black Hebrew Israelites were designated a hate group in 2008 by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

For nearly an hour, the BHI hurled their hateful invective toward the students, which they ignored. Watching the video, you can see that at a certain point the teens attempt to drown out the hate speech by singing school songs and dancing among themselves. Much as you would see at any high school football game, one of kids removes his shirt and leads the kids in school chants and slogans.

This all occurred before Native American activist Nathan Phillips decided to insert himself into the situation.

Because we were being loudly attacked and taunted in public, a student in our group asked one of our teacher chaperones for permission to begin our school spirit chants to counter the hateful things that were being shouted at our group. The chants are commonly used at sporting events. They are all positive in nature and sound like what you would hear at any high school. Our chaperone gave us permission to use our school chants. We would not have done that without obtaining permission from the adults in charge of our group.

At no time did I hear any student chant anything other than the school spirit chants. I did not witness or hear any students chant “build that wall” or anything hateful or racist at any time. Assertions to the contrary are simply false. Our chants were loud because we wanted to drown out the hateful comments that were being shouted at us by the protestors.

The video confirms everything that student Nick Sandmann said in his statement is true.

Contrary to media reports, and Nathan Phillips’ statements, the students did not surround, harass, or confront anyone. The video clearly shows Phillips making a long march toward the kids.

In another video, as Phillips approaches, you can see the students begin to clap and dance along to Phillips drumming antics. It is only as Phillips arrives directly in front of Sandmann, pounding his drum inches from the youngster’s face, do the students begin to realize that he is not acting in a civil manner. You can see the confusion on their faces as they begin to realize this is a hostile act of physical intimidation.

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.

I never interacted with this protestor. I did not speak to him. I did not make any hand gestures or other aggressive moves. To be honest, I was startled and confused as to why he had approached me.

Just as the students tolerated the hate speech from the BHI, Sandmann tolerates the incredibly aggressive behavior by Phillips. Sandmann just stands there and takes it, bewildered by Phillips threatening manner.

This isn’t the first time Nathan Phillips has been involved in controversies, but none have come close to the uproar he created by instigating a confrontation with the students of Covington Catholic.

And he did create this uproar by feeding a pack of lies to national media outlets.

In an interview with the Washington Post on Saturday, Phillips said, “he felt threatened by the teens and that they swarmed around him as he and other activists were wrapping up the march and preparing to leave.”

As multiple video’s now show, that was a complete, outright utter lie. A total fabrication. Phillips saw a bunch of kids in MAGA hats from a distance, and paraded into their midst. They didn’t “swarm around him”. He deliberately marched into their ranks.

He also told WAPO that, “he noticed tensions beginning to escalate when the teens and other apparent participants from the nearby March for Life rally began taunting the dispersing indigenous crowd. Phillips said a few people in the March for Life crowd began to chant, Build that wall, build that wall”

Not one of the videos substantiate these claims, and the lengthy videos document the entire incident. Again, Phillips is lying. Creating a false narrative.

In another interview, he told the Detroit Free Press, “They were in the process of attacking these four black individuals,” Phillip said. “I was there and I was witnessing all of this … As this kept on going on and escalating, it just got to a point where you do something or you walk away, you know? You see something that is wrong and you’re faced with that choice of right or wrong.”

Here, Phillips says he witnessed events involving the Black Hebrew Israelites. So, he either heard the foul hate speech spewing toward the kids from BHI, and decided to stand in solidarity with their vicious rhetoric, or is again just lying.

Freep additionally reported that, “There was that moment when I realized I’ve put myself between beast and prey,” Phillips said. “These young men were beastly and these old black individuals was their prey, and I stood in between them and so they needed their pounds of flesh and they were looking at me for that.”

Again, all the videos completely refute Phillips account.

Nathan Phillips concocted a story, and the media lapped it up. They used a false narrative to advance their own false narratives about pro-lifers and Trump supporters.

The initial media accounts presented Phillips as a “venerated tribal elder”, with all the “wisdom” that conjures. But the mountain of documented video evidence shows no such thing. He was a man looking for a fight. With children.

The Covington Catholic students weren’t the only March for Life kids he targeted that day. Karen McNelly shared her own daughter’s encounter that very same day with Nathan Phillips.

 

What the actual evidence shows, is a group of teenagers accosted by hate and intolerance. And they responded in a way that no one would expect from a group of kids. They tolerated all of it. They sang. They danced. They laughed it off. They refused to respond in kind. They showed America what tolerance actually looks like. When Nathan Phillips pushed Nick Sandmann to the point of a physical confrontation, he just stood there and took it. No one laid a glove on Phillips. No one said an unkind word.

When their buses arrived, they happily departed, eager to escape the hatred and intolerance they’d been forced to endure. Upon their return home, their lives were shattered by false narratives that led to an avalanche of additional hate directed toward themselves and their families.

Some say, the teens should have fled the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, but they had no place to go. That was their designated departure point.

All they could do was wait it out. And in doing so, they demonstrated for all to see, actual unbelieveable measures of tolerance.

These kids are heroes, and should be treated accordingly. Nathan Phillips owes them an apology. Mainstream media owes them an apology. All the politicians, pundits, and celebrities who condemned them, owe them an apology. I suspect they’ll get no such thing.

 



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7 thoughts on “Confronted by hate, Covington Catholic teens show America what tolerance looks like

  1. gelston the knowitall

    generation Z is awesome.
    this group of young people from KY,
    Kidnapping victim, Jayme, in Wisconsin,
    The young girl, Hailey, who escaped the murder of her family yesterday in Oregon (with the aid of police).
    3 times in a week — they are going strong.

  2. THOMAS

    All of the groups at the rally have a right to express their political opinions. HOWEVER clearly the Covington Boys in their MAGA hats are the good guys. The mean Indian and the Black Supremacists are the bad guys. This is not my opinion.

  3. THOMAS

    This Democrat Media Complex strategy is totally gonna be employed in the POTUS general election. I.E. Release something that makes POTUS look bad. Coordinate all media to jump on it. Then when it gets proven wrong ignore it. I know they did this last time but this time it’s gonna be on steroids.

  4. indemind

    Sooo very nice to see young High Schoolers standing tall for Life….
    Sooo good to see iiz and Doc gelston here… here,s praying the site (C4P) comes back on line soon. 🙂

  5. myfairlady

    Hi everybody! I didn’t know that anyone was still here until I saw Thomas’ post on Facebook just now!

    This story so over the top. I feel so bad for these students and I hope their parents start suing the media and some of these people on social media. That is the only way to put a stop this fake news madness!

  6. M.Minnesota

    This is the effect of having Barry Sotero and more recently, Bernie Sanders openly Berating Christians for their belief. Barry told Christians to get off their high horse. Bernie publically berated a Christian up for a Job opening in the Federal system.

    Gee, all the Democrats that wanna be prez 4 2020 are all taking on the marks that got Bernie up in the polls.

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