Our First Americans…

I’d like to believe that, regardless of our personal political affiliation, most decent human beings were appalled at the incident which took place this past Saturday at the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington D.C.

Of course, the focus concerning this event was on the MAGA hat-wearing, Covington Catholic High School students from Park Hills, Kentucky; young men who, allegedly,  taunted Nathan Phillips, a Native American, a United States Veteran and a respected Omaha tribe elder.   Later media reports stated that a small group of militant Hebrew Israelites had engaged the high school students leading up to Nathan Phillips’s arrival at the event and there are now multiple sides to the story involved in this gathering.  The hapless, even divisive, actions of the mainstream media have created a situation of selective outrage with their deliberate and modified news reports.

If these students did behave as the media initially reported, there is no excuse and certainly no punishment harsh enough for any who were involved.  Many observers are citing that these young people need more “education”, but my personal feeling is that this measure of teaching respect and tolerance is something which should have long been instilled in these young people, at home, as well as throughout their private school years.   But, with the additional group involved in this event, which apparently was the catalyst for all of the behaviors involved, where has the media’s attention been regarding the derisive dialogue and slurs hurled at the high school students by the Hebrew Israelites?

I do wonder if these students were not wearing hats reflecting the leader of our present day, controversial, side of politics, would there have been such an uproar?  Would people still be embarking on Go Fund Me events to support Nathan Phillips or would everyone just bask in their righteous indignation, flooding social media with their commentary, and do little else in support of Phillips and all other Native American tribe members?

People band together to gather warm clothing for the homeless who live on the streets of our cities.  There are daily public outcries of how undocumented people are treated who enter our country illegally and they debate the measures suggested to curtail such passageways.    How many of these same individuals have taken the time to support our Native Americans who languish on tribal reservations without proper clothing, medical supplies and the basic necessities each of us takes for granted?

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We now face the quagmire of finding out just where the true facts of this incident lie, orchestrated mainly by the bias of the mainstream media.  The selective outrage from the general public needs to move beyond the alleged inappropriate treatment of Nathan Phillips, beyond the focus on the alleged behavior of the Catholic high school students and toward the verified actions of the Hebrew Israelites.  The truth lies somewhere in between.

 

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  1. Patty,

    I didn’t hear of this incident but you hit the nail on the head respect is something that should first come from the home. You don’t have to like or agree with another but the way you treat another through respect shows not only compassion for your fellow man but class. I’m saddened by these MAGA hat-wearing individuals behavior because it’s not a true reflection of how other MAGA supporters feel.

    • Patty says:

      Very true, Cathy. And, sadly, the media looks to constantly capitalize on such situations and create public frenzy.

      The truth lies in between both sides of this incident. And, even if that is stated, people will continue believing just what they want.

      • Patty,

        I believe the sole purpose of media outlets isn’t to report the news but to create chaos in most incidents.

        • Patty says:

          How true, Cathy. I recall a very old line…\”When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news.\”

          In our world today, the media outlets choose to twist every story and dwell on sensationalism. Chaos is big business, truth is not.

  2. Kimberly says:

    I was gone on a hockey tournament when this happened so I didn’t see the entire event unfold on the news other than the explosion of two sides on twitter. I saw clips and immediately knew that those kids were in the wrong and being disrespectful. And truthfully, as a Canadian, I could care less what hat they were wearing or who they were supporting. Human life is human life. We are all here together. No one is greater than or less than. Canada has its dark history as well with our Indigenous Peoples. It’s still a current issue in 2019.

    Thank you for writing openly about this – and thought provoking re: if those kids weren’t wearing hats.

    • Patty says:

      This story has taken on a new life as more facts have been presented, Kimberly. When I initially wrote about this, it was based on whatever news releases were made public. I\’ve since updated my post to reflect recent information.

      The sad part is how the media orchestrated the incident to create sensationalism, period. Until additional facts were presented which gave the background on the third group who horribly taunted the students, the focus was mainly on the young people. After I watched a complete video, I better understood the situation. Do I feel that the students could have handled the confrontation better? Yes. But, in a country focused on free speech, no one in this day and age will back down in most public forums and everyone has their right to be heard, even using the most inappropriate verbiage as did that small group of militants at the event.

      And then, we have the media, twisting and turning facts to their advantage. Obviously, to them, it\’s business, nothing personal.

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