Covington Catholic students did nothing wrong. The Media, Politicians, and Public did.
Oftentimes I am given a glimpse into what the future might hold for my children. To put it simply, the future looks quite ugly for them.
I’m sure most of you had heard the story of the students of Covington Catholic School. Thomas Massie summed the incident up in a Facebook post:
The honorable and tolerant students of Covington Catholic School came to DC to advocate for the unborn and to learn about our nation’s Capitol. What they got was a brutal lesson in the unjust court of public opinion and social media mobs.
I’ve now watched over an hour of other videos from 4 different cameras of the incident in front of the Lincoln Memorial. I urge everyone to watch the other videos before passing judgement. Would you have remained that composed at that age under those circumstances?
In the face of racist and homosexual slurs, the boys refused to reciprocate or disrespect anyone. Even when taunted by homophobic bigots, which was obviously bewildering to them, they insulted no one.
In the context of everything that was going on (which the media hasn’t shown) the parents and mentors of these boys should be proud, not ashamed, of their kids’ behavior. It is my honor to represent them.
The students were mocked on Twitter, their addresses were blasted on the Internet, death threats have been sent to them:
Calls for them to be punched in the face were sent out:
The treatment one kid received because of his “smug” expression was reminiscent of what Orwell called in 1984, a Facecrime:
“It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself — anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offence. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called.”
How are we to live in this world if our every expression is scrutinized? This kid didn’t throw a punch. He didn’t shout. He just looked and stayed calm in a very tense situation while a drum was beating in his face and another group was throwing slurs. If you ask me, the children were the adults and the adults were the children.
As Thomas Massie said in an interview today:
You were told, before you saw the video, what you were watching so that when you watched the video, you completely fell for it.
And people fell for it. Much like a dam breaking, a wave of outrage spilled onto social media sites. People began spewing hate and calls for the kids to be kicked out of school, for their parents to be ‘fired’, death threats. Even politicians like Rep. Deb Haaland joined in on the lynch mob:
As I write this, many reporters and media pundits are issuing redactions and apologies after viewing all the footage.
If you ask me, that is not enough. These kids’ lives will now be forever changed. They will continue to be shamed by the ill-informed public at large ad nauseam. Those kids deserve better.
Ludwig von Mises once said:
All rational action is in the first place individual action. Only the individual thinks. Only the individual reasons. Only the individual acts.
The world needs less 1984 and more individual reasoning. We need to stop blindly following the beat of the media’s hate. If we don’t, the future is indeed bleak for our children.
You can view the full footage here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQyBHTTqb38
Another video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npX801xLSFY
Nick’s public statement is here: https://twitter.com/RepThomasMassie/status/1087168862620127232