By now, anyone who’s plugged into what’s been happening in the news are well aware of what happened on Martin Luther King weekend on the 18th Of January 2019 when a young man Nathan Sandmann with other high school students from Covington Catholic High School, after a day of participating in a March for Life rally while near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, can be observed disrespecting an elder Native American advocate for Indigenous causes, Nathan Phillips
I do not credit either the Hebrew Israelites or these teenage boys from Covington, KY., with clean hands.
In addition, I place some of the fault with the adults who thought it was okay for these youngsters to wear MAGA red caps. These boys were making a political statement with their apparel which they may not have intended, while representing a religious school which is supposed to be a tax exempt organization, not promoting a particular political party. If I had been a parent in attendance, they would have been wearing t-shirts while carrying signs advertising their pro-life religious stance.
Here is the rest of the story…
On January 22, 2019, Ellen Cranley of the Insider penned the following report, “A Kentucky PR firm was reportedly behind high schooler Nick Sandmann’s statement on his viral confrontation with a Native American protester”
- “A Kentucky public-relations firm was reportedly behind the statement from the high schooler at the center of a confrontation with a Native American protester at a Washington, DC, march.”
- “The Louisville Courier Journal reported that RunSwitch PR was behind the statement from Nick Sandmann, who said he was compelled to speak out to “correct misinformation and outright lies” that he had seen in the wake of the incident going viral.”
- “The statement was central to the viral incident’s changing narrative, which prompted apologies and revised statements from outlets and social-media users after extended video footage was released.”
- “Nathan Phillips, the Native American demonstrator, dismissed Sandmann’s statement on Tuesday (1/22/19) as unabashed and partially false and offered to visit Covington Catholic High School.”
“A video of a confrontation between high-school junior Nick Sandmann and Native American protester Nathan Phillips at the Indigenous Peoples March went viral last week and was promptly condemned by many on social media as a racist incident.”
“Sandmann reportedly worked with RunSwitch PR before releasing the statement to “correct misinformation and outright lies.”
“When the Courier Journal asked the firm about its role, RunSwitch said in a statement it “has been retained by the Sandmann family to offer professional counsel with what has become a national media story.”
“We are working with the family to ensure an accurate recounting of events which occurred this past weekend,” the statement continued.”
“School and diocese officials issued a statement of their own over the weekend condemning the group’s actions and saying that the incident is under investigation and that students could face expulsion.”
“In a Tuesday statement, Phillips said he would be willing to meet with the students as a representative of the Indigenous Peoples March and dismissed Sandmann’s statement as unabashed and partially false.”
“I have read the statement from Nick Sandmann, the student who stared at me for a long time. He did not apologize, and I believe there are intentional falsehoods in his testimony,” Phillips said. “But I have faith that human beings can use a moment like this to find a way to gain understanding from one another.”
What Sandmann said in the statement
In the video of the incident that first circulated on social media, a grinning Sandmann is shown in a “Make America Great Again” hat standing inches away from Phillips. The students around Sandmann were chanting and dancing along with the songs Phillips and surrounding protesters were singing and drumming.
In the statement, Sandmann said he decided to remain “motionless and calm,” in an attempt to “diffuse the situation.”
“Regarding his facial expressions, Sandmann said he “wasn’t intentionally making faces at the protestor,” but “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.”
“In a general rebuke of all the allegations that have been leveled against him by people who have seen the original clip, Sandmann said they don’t reflect his personal character.”
“Phillips offered to visit Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky to “have a dialog about cultural appropriation, racism, and the importance of listening to and respecting diverse cultures.”