The Covington boys story provides a telling insight into how activists are prepared to destroy lives, even the lives of school children, in order to spread their Critical Social Justice rhetoric. This story has a happy ending, the boys involved were vindicated and the mob forced to backdown. It so easily could have ended differently. Nick Sandmann’s story….
On January 19, 2019 Nick Sandmann a 17 year old boy who had attended a March for Life in Washington, D.C. stood silently, with an awkward smile on his face, as a Native American Indian banged a drum just inches away from him and other members of his school. Within hours this was the reaction:
A video of the incident had been released and gone viral. Three parties were involved in the encounter; the Covington Catholic High school children; a group of Native Americans and a group of Black Hebrew Israelites. The press, journalists, commentators and others, without further consideration, fact checking or hearing from Nick Sandmann himself, sided with the Native American Indians and Black Israelites and viciously attacked the White school children. Race was central to their quick judgement and outburst of hatred; the children were accused of being racists, White supremacists and fascists.
The images above are some of the more moderate posts, which as of 1 September 2020 are still on Twitter. Other verified accounts called for extreme violence against these minors. Even their school, Covington Catholic High School, and the Diocese of Covington assumed the children were in the wrong and apologised for their behaviour.
Had it not been for a strong and determined teenager, support from good people White and non-White alike, and lawyers prepared to take on the case, this short encounter might have led to this 17 year old boy’s life being ‘cancalled’.
More videos emerged which contradicted the original narrative and, significantly, it became known that lawsuits would be served on those defaming, slandering and doxxing the Covington boys. A twitter campaign was started to enable individuals and organisations attacking the children to be reported under the hashtag #VerifiedBullies.
Journalists and individuals started retracting their comments, or tried simply to move everyone on:
The Diocese of Covington issued another apology, this time to the Covington boys and Nick Sandmann and his family in particular. Below is a PDF of the letter sent to Covington Catholic School parents dated 25th January 2019.
On the 13th February 2019, the Catholic Diocese of Covington released the findings of a report they’d commissioned from Greater Cincinnati Investigations, Inc. The verdict was the boys are innocent. A PDF of the report is posted below, it makes interesting reading and clearly demonstrates that the media, politicians and celebrities accusations were untrue.
A week earlier attorneys for Nick Sandmann had released a 15-minute video (posted below) that depicts the truth about the face-to-face confrontation between Sandmann and his classmates at Covington Catholic High School and the drum-pounding Native American, Nathan Phillips. The video shows the boys did nothing wrong, despite considerable provocation and exposes the lies of Nathan Phillips and the abusive antiwhite rhetoric of the Black Hebrew Israelites.
Lawyers for the Sandmann family filed lawsuits against the Washington Post (February 2019); CNN (March 2019) and NBC Universal (May 2019). CNN and Washington Post settled in January 2020 and July 2020 respectively for undisclosed amounts. In November 2019, a judge rejected NBC’s attempt to dismiss the lawsuit against it.
Lawsuits were also filed on behalf of eight unnamed Covington Catholic High students against individuals including Elizabeth Warren, Kathy Griffin, Maggie Haberman, Ana Navarro, Shaun King, Debra Haaland, Adam Edelen, Matthew Dowd, Reza Aslan and Kevin Kruse. The suits against Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Deb Haaland were dismissed based on the principle of legislative immunity.
We’re leaving the last word to Nick Sandmann, though two short videos. The first from January 23, 2019 where Nick Sandmann, aged 17 is interviewed on NBC Today about the incident and its aftermath. The second his speech nineteen months later at the Republican national Convention.
Well done Nick, you are a credit to your family, your school and your community.
Article published 7 September 2020