A couple of students from the University of Iowa decided to take it upon themselves to write a not-so-lovely opinion piece about the Covington Catholic High School student controversy and it sums up everything wrong with young people today.
We now live among a generation that does not at all care about facts, only emotions.
[Covington student Nick] Sandmann and his peers were still blocking Phillips in a disrespectful manner with an ignorant air. Sandmann claims he stood still in an effort to “diffuse the situation,” while Phillips said the encounter made him feel “blocked and intimidated.” The smirk on Sandmann’s face is what drove many to believe the encounter was deliberate and out of malice, rather than out of an attempt to diffuse the situation, as Sandmann claims.
“Overall,” the authors continue, the whole encounter is an example of “Make America Great Again” being a phrase which “has become a symbol of white supremacy.” But of course.
Plenty and Shaw then demonstrate they’re perfectly suited for the same contemporary media they partially criticize:
This is clear when we see images of private-school white boys chanting “Build that wall!” to Native Americans who were here before them. It isn’t a coincidence that students supporting a slogan that has its roots in blatant racism would cause such a stir at an Indigenous People’s March.
Except that, as reported by Robby Soave — the only journalist who sifted through all the videos of the Covington-Phillips incident — there is no definitive proof of any “Build the Wall” chants. Soave also says that if “you still think Nick Sandmann’s smile is proof of racism, you’re seeing what you want to see” (the article’s actual headline).
Plenty and Shaw also contend that Phillips was slighted as he “was not given the same opportunity” to defend his position in the media as Sandmann. That the media focused on the former’s criminal record while granting the latter the “limelight” (“because of the media [initially] skewing the story in Phillips’ favor”) is somehow a … continuing example of stories being “influenced by a world of white power.”
The UI students conclude:
“The white supremacy ‘MAGA’ represents shows the nature of white fragility, in which any challenge to whites as the center of innocent humanity triggers a range of defensive moves, including the erasure of ‘colored’ stories and the explanation of white ones.”
It truly is mind-boggling how ignorant this pair of individuals seems to be on this whole situation. Why do people who have no clue about a particular event, topic, or issue feel the need to let their uneducated opinion on the matter be heard?
At least have the decency to be educated before you go off on something in a big rant.
Source: The College Fix