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Another student op-ed invokes ‘white privilege’ regarding the Covington kids fiasco

If it isn’t bad enough that the Covington High School students were immediately and self-righteously maligned by those in the media and academia as nouveau Hitlerian prodigies, now that the truth has come out folks are still seeking to maintain a similar narrative.

Earlier this week, two University of Iowa students claimed that the full video of the Covington kids encounter with a Native American activist “didn’t change much of the scenario,” and added the incident was an example of “Make America Great Again” as “white supremacy.”

Echoing this sentiment is the University of Illinois’ Agastya Bhatia, who says she’s speaking to Covington student Nick Sandmann “from the same side of the court” — they’re both young in America “with upbringings, goals and convictions perhaps not as dissimilar as you might think.”

Yeah, don’t count on that.

After all, Bhatia writes, the journalists, pundits, and celebrities who immediately jumped on Sandmann as evil incarnate but then later apologized when the truth came forth, only offered their remorse because … Sandmann is a white guy:

The reason for apologies flowing your way en masse is not because you stand on the morally righteous side of history, because no one does. It is simply because the cries of white, male America are heard the loudest.

I understand words like that are enough to stir conservatives into rhetorical hysteria, but they are still important to hear.

The apologies and sympathy that were afforded to you, or someone like Brett Kavanaugh, were not given to the families of Tamir Rice or Michael Brown. They were not given to the dead children at the southern border, and they were not given to Nathan Phillips’ ancestors as they were purged from their own land. …

Question why you were attacked and then apologized to, and why many others are not given the privilege of the latter. Question why members of your march party felt the need to ridicule Mr. Phillips, or why members of the Hebrew Israelites ridiculed you. Think not of you and I but of us.

It takes a special kind of cognitive dissonance to believe Brett Kavanaugh was afforded “apologies and sympathy” from those who wronged him, to maintain after nearly half a decade the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative surrounding Michael Brown, and most especially, to tell the Covington kids they should ponder why a notoriously vile hate group subjected them to verbal abuse.

Read the full op-ed.

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Dave has been writing about education, politics, and entertainment for over 15 years, including a stint at the popular media bias site Newsbusters. He is a retired educator with over 25 years of service and is a member of the National Association of Scholars. Dave holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Delaware.

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