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You've seen the video I suspect.
It was taken at the Friday January 18 Respect Life and Right to Life Annual Rally in Washington DC where a group of Middle School and High School Students from Covington (Kentucky) Catholic took time out from respecting life to mock a group of Native Americans taking part in another rally for Indigenous People focusing their attention on Nathan Phillips , a Vietnam War Vieteran who is an elder in the Omaha tribe, who was leading a traditional chant for peace.
The student featured in the video stands in front of him blocking his way with a snide smile adorning a Make America Great capped head. He has been identified by local press as an upper classman.
Kids do stupid things....a lot of stupid things....they mock each other....they mock their parents....they mock their parents......WHAT MAKES THIS PARTICULAR EPISODE UNIQUELY DISTURBING IS THIS:
- They were accompanied by parents and staff. Where were they? Absent? In agreement with their behavior? Incapable of interacting effectively?
- They were taking part in a rally that proclaims a fundamental respect for ALL human life and are supposedly from schools and other organizations where this is studied and embraced.
- They were wearing clothing that proclaimed that they saw themselves as representatives of a man and a movement that is marked by enormous disrespect for others.
Education at home, at school and in broader society has stood as the tool that draws "kids" into "adulthood." Such behavior: boorish, rude, insensitive, hypocritical, and "racial" in tone......indicates that both home and school and society are failing these kids.
I wonder how many of the adults accompanying them were were wearing those hats?
There is talk now, after a hasty and pro-forma apology from the Catholic Diocese, of "serious disciplinary action including the possibility of expulsion".......of whom? The kids? The chaperones? The parents? The teachers? The President whose hat they were wearing?
P.S. The boy's mom has communicated to with Heavy.com as reported by the Independent. She claims that the boys were being harassed by "Black Muslims". There is video showing a group of black men nearby arguing with some in the Covington group. What is clear is that Mr. Phillips was not part of that group and was actually standing between the students and the group of men.