High School MAGA Kids From Kentucky Prove Chivalry is Dead (Excerpt on Partisan Fatigue 4)
A short viral video appearing to show a group of MAGA hat-wearing high school students antagonizing an elderly Native American man garnered dozens of tweets from adults calling for violence against, and the doxing of, minors, is still rilling up haters, despite being proven to be much more complicated than origianally thought
1/22/19, 7:19 pm EST, EDITED 1/24/19, 2:28 pm EST
By John Corry, photo from Hollywood Reporter
Kathy Griffin said in a tweet: “I want NAMES. Shame them. If you think these fuckers wouldn’t dox you in a heartbeat, think again,” and in another: “Names please. And stories from people who can identify them and vouch for their identity. Thank you.” Vulture writer Erik Abriss tweeted: ““Racism is in its Boomer death throes. It will die out with this younger generation!” Look at the shit-eating grins on all those young white slugs’ faces. Just perverse pleasure at wielding a false dominion they’ve been taught their whole life was their divine right. Fucking die.” Writer/thinker Reza Aslan proves how thoughtful thinkers truly can be with: “Honest question. Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s?”
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, but you wouldn’t know if you went on many of these people’s Twitters today, as more video and eyewitness testimony has come out to exonerate these kids. It turns out that they were the ones confronted by Phillips and a crowd of Black Israelite protestors behind him. As they shouted slurs and insults at the kids for their skin color and their political ‘affiliations’, the kid in the photo stood in place, smiling at the man, who had purposefully picked up a drum to play in the kids’ face, in an act of defiance. “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,” Nick Sandmann, the kid smiling at Phillips in the video, said in a statement.
More information on this story can be found here, here, and here. To sum it up: a lot of people got reeeeaaally mad at a bunch of minors before they even knew what the full story was. These kids have received death threats, have been forced to miss school, and have had their futures flash before their eyes all because to the majority of people in this country, apparently, politics is more important than human life. Yea, I said it. You can hate these kids, you can hate what they stand for, but the fact remains: they’re just kids, and if it’s their fault our world is so fucked up than we have no chance for a future whatsoever, let alone the fact that we were all kids at one point.
But in the face of emotion: fuck it.
I’ve heard arguments made that the dishonesty regarding this story is only a drop in the bucket, however exemplary of, a bigger issue: ‘the left’s’ attack on religion. I’m not sure this basic thesis is fully wrong, however: as I do find the assertion that liberals generally want to ‘get rid of’ religion, religious people, or religious thought to be egregious, this argument is given much more credence than it deserves with these ridiculous reactions such as the one we’ve seen these past few days. The modern liberal understanding of religion, in my view, goes something like this: most religious peoples, as far as I have been taught, have been indoctrinated pawns following blindly the words of people who rape kids, stone women and gay people to death, and argue that every person who thinks differently than they do is wrong and deserves to burn in hell– but not anymore. There is an understanding now that if someone fulfills any of those aforementioned checkmarks, it is not specifically because of the ‘religion’ factor, but, for lack of a better term, the ‘asshole’ one.
In other words: people are assholes before they are religious, and they are good before they are religious as well.
While this does not mean that religion cannot help one in becoming a good person (it Absolutely can– just as it can help one in becoming an asshole), the separation between people and what people believe (or between what we see and what we know) is one of the foundations of civilization (Socrates). If people are simply what they believe and nothing more, they can never change. Can change come strictly from, or through, belief? Are people’s identities our sole ways of knowing one another? An argument that spirituality, religion or belief is the only thing which defines a human being is no different than one decrying race as the sole factor, or gender, or sexual orientation or whatever. It is the combinations of these ‘identities’ or beliefs, combined 50-50 with the FACT that people change and grow and have every opportunity to become different people with different ‘identities’ or beliefs (or understandings of them) in the future, which makes a full human being.
That is the message liberals are trying to make clear to the religious zealots who subconsciously think they have the right to tell those of us who find more meaning in Metallica or the writings of Albert Camus that we’re demons placating a baron wasteland void of ‘God’ in light of convenience. And it’s one that many religious people agree with (the whole ‘free-will’ thing)– until the dumbasses start attacking the religious personally.
Which has been the case for the past week or so in reaction to the story that Mike Pence’s wife just took a teaching job at a bigot school in Northern Virginia (however truly since the story about the baker who refused to bake that cake for a gay couple). The reaction to that was almost identical to the reaction to this past weekend’s thing, only without the advocation of violence against minors, and it was wrong for many of the same reasons. If we separate the beliefs from the people who have them, or at least to the extent that the reality that those beliefs do not make an entire person becomes apparent, we can make the case, for the futility of being douchebags, to people without accidentally telling religious people that they have no right to exist.
But we’re not doing that if we’re getting so pissed at minors attending a pro-abortion rally that we forget where we came from. Life is hard. For a liberal right now, it feels like we’ve lost everything, but that’s only because we’ve forgotten the fact that political rhetoric does not, and should not, exculpate morals or philosophical norms (that there is an existential difference between people and what they think) to the extent that advocating violence against a minor is considered in any way okay (and I consider doxing (putting someone’s private information onto the internet) to be a form of advocating for violence). These subconscious assertions that emotions Absolutely trump fact is exactly what will put an end to any form of liberal thinking, the progressive ones first of all (because they’re the hardest for others to understand).
Who will save us from devilish character and fatal attraction!?!?!?
I only wrote this to express amazement that I haven’t seen this meme yet.
CORRECTION: Nathan Phillips is in fact NOT a Vietnam veteran. From Business Insider: “Phillips did serve in the Marine Corps from May 20, 1972 until May 5, 1976, according to a Corps spokeswoman, but did not serve anywhere near Vietnam or any theater of war. He had zero deployments and his only award was a National Defense Service Medal. He briefly had the military occupational specialty of 0351 Anti-tank missile-man before being assigned as an 1161 refrigerator technician.” The original statements in this article describing Phillips as a ‘Vietnam veteran’ have been left in it to preserve the memory that Phillips and much of the media somehow left this fact out.