Muddle about the Covington Affair

This post contains my conclusion regarding the highly publicized encounter between Nathan Phillips, a Native American activist, and a group of Covington High School students at the Lincoln Memorial a week or so ago.

The incident has the same format, in my opinion, as the trial of the football star and actor O.J. Simpson, for murder of his wife and her lover in 1994. At that trial, the evidence of Simpson’s guilt was overwhelming; the arresting officer, however, was shown by the defense attorneys to be a racist, and Simpson was adjudged innocent by the jury.

Of course, whether or not the arresting officer was a racist, Simpson was indeed guilty of murder.

Here, in the Covington Affair, there was what might well be called an assault by Nathan Phillips of a group of high school kids. Mr Phillips was — to be charitable — untruthful about the circumstances and upshot of his confrontation with the teenagers, and he immediately won the sympathy of the press and the chattering classes for his action. Since he was untruthful, however, the subsequent videotape evidence produced an outpouring of condemnation of the distortion of the incident by the mainstream news media.

The subsequent response by left-leaning sources has demonstrated a good bit of sexist and racist behavior by Covington High School students. But, just as in the O.J. Simpson trial, the fact of the racism of one party in an affair does not negate the fact of the egregious behavior of the other. Despite Mr Phillips statements, the students did not “surround” Mr Phillips and they never “threatened” him. They did not understand his confrontation of them, and his behavior was, arguably, tending to incite them.

I can grant the sexism and racism of the students, but I reserve blame and condemnation for the incident on Nathan Phillips.

About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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2 Responses to Muddle about the Covington Affair

  1. Sam says:

    I can’t even grant misbehavior on the part of the children. None of the evidence Huffington Post or Inquisitr fabricated actually showed the students doing anything racist or sexist. They do have claims written by other people, without corroborating evidence. But that, of course, what we call hearsay. And given the kind of things that get posted on social media on the regular, I have no reason to believe any of it.

  2. What I saw, Michael, was some black racists hurling insults at indigenous people. And I saw white racists hurling insults at both the Black Hebrews and the people in the Indigenous Peoples’ March.

    Nathan Phillips was the ONLY person there who was part of the march. When he saw the confrontation between 200 white racist kids and the black racists…he stood between them and drummed a song of healing. It worked. Nobody got hurt.

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