The video featuring a Native American activist and a group of teens from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky is an object lesson in why you don’t rush to judgment.
At the very least, we’re now learning that the narrative is much less simple than it originally seemed and that Nathan Phillips, the Native American activist and elder, was the first to approach the young men on Friday.
However, rushing to judgment is what Twitter is all about, particularly if you have a blue checkmark by your name. And hey, while you’re at it, why not talk about throwing the kids into the wood chipper, burning them alive or sexually assaulting them? That’ll show them to be tolerant.
We warn you that there’s going to be plenty of “adult” language ahead, which is funny because it’s all being spewed by mental juveniles. Reader discretion is advised.
We start with one of the more harmless tweets, sadly: A writer for (por supuesto) Jezebel, who wanted a copy of the Covington Catholic yearbook for, um, reasons.
I turned in Anna Merlan
I didn’t have link to tweet cuz she deleted it, but here is a pic.
I am sure someone prob already turned her in, but reported anyway. pic.twitter.com/XzsVxEC6Gz
— johanna 🇺🇸 (@johannaihli) January 20, 2019
Merlan’s tweet has since been deleted, but she swears this has nothing to do with doxing teenagers and by the way, shouldn’t their parents be ashamed?
By the way, just like every other ethical reporter on earth, I wouldn’t interview minor kids without their parents’ permission or name them, but I’m curious how parents at this school feel, if their children were genuinely involved. Nobody raises their kids to behave like this.
— Anna Merlan (@annamerlan) January 19, 2019
I don’t think that whole “ethical reporter” thing flies when you’re reporting for Jezebel, once an arm of Gawker, a magazine that would have happily named each of these kids and their 11-year-old siblings, which is part of the reason why Gawker is no longer in business.
Again, if she didn’t want their names to report on them, why did she want the Covington Catholic yearbook? To check if the page-setting was done correctly? To take a look at the font choice?
If you don’t know who Wheeler Walker Jr. is, don’t worry; it probably means you listen to better country music than he sings. However, he offered a bounty to anyone who would punch one of these kids in their private parts:
I was just now years old the first time I heard of Wheeler Walker, Jr. Very solid introduction. pic.twitter.com/wB0QICMotg
— G B Shrewsbury (@GBSesquire) January 20, 2019
The fixation on where they’re being punched makes this sound an awful lot like sexual assault. Then again, unlike most of the people on this list, at least you could say he didn’t delete his tweet. It was taken down after complaints because apparently talking about punching teens in the groin doesn’t fly with Twitter — even if they’re wearing Make America Great Again hats.
Hollywood producer Jack Morrissey, meanwhile, wanted the kids given the “Fargo” treatment:
Then we get A LIBERAL calling for the KIDS to be SHOVED in a WOODCHIPPER!
— Lord God King Boo-fuu (@lordgodbufuu) January 21, 2019
After calling for the murder of teenage boys, Morrissey has since made his tweets protected.
Meanwhile, a Detroit rapper and DJ who goes by the name of House Shoes wanted to kill a wider swath of Covington Catholic students:
— Mike Cernovich 🦍🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) January 21, 2019
At least one of those tweets was still up on Monday morning.
These aren’t exactly the most famous figures out there, although I could tell you who at least two of them were before this article (I’ve read Merlan’s work and had the misfortune of listening to some of House Shoes’ oeuvre).
They all have blue checkmarks, however, and they’ve all wanted to assault, kill or (almost certainly) dox one or more of these teens.
Now, we don’t know that any of what we originally heard about these kids is true, given that the official version of events seems to be changing with rapidity.
However, let’s assume that every bit of what we heard from the media was factual — that these kids are racists who abused a Native American man simply because he was Native American. Wouldn’t the normal human response to be for these young men to get some help?
Certainly, they ought to be punished if what they’re accused of doing is true. But these are also human beings who aren’t even adults yet. Why wouldn’t you want to see them get help and work through whatever sickness they might harbor in their hearts?
Instead, what we’ve seen is a desire not only to harm these teenagers, but see them harmed in a way that’s meretriciously gruesome — almost as if it were a contest to see who could come up with the most rebarbative way to punish them.
And this is supposed to do — what? Is any sort of moral justice served when we talk about putting teenagers into a wood chipper or letting them burn slowly inside a building?
And these are just the mildly famous people — the rest of the mob is even worse.
Say what you will about the Covington Catholic High School students, but they’re random kids. These vengeance seekers, on theh other hand, are adults, and reasonably well-known ones at that.
When it comes to proving charges of hate, we can certainly convict these four blue checkmark-holders on all counts. No wonder the left wants the right disarmed. Look at what they say they want to do to us.
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