90 Miles From Tyranny : The Smearing of Teens in MAGA Hats Shows Identity Politics’ Danger

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Smearing of Teens in MAGA Hats Shows Identity Politics’ Danger


You could almost hear the collective glee of social justice warriors and identity politics aficionados this weekend when a video emerged that appeared to show a teenage white boy in a Make America Great Again red cap smirk disrespectfully as a Native American stood in front of him—beating a drum—at the Lincoln Memorial.

Finally, they had a piece of proof that supported their cherished narrative: that most Trump supporters were bigots and racists who backed the wall and other initiatives because of their racist views.

And they took no time before gleefully dancing on the reputational grave of these teens. Here’s CNN commentator Keith Boykin:

The Atlantic’s James Fallows compared the boys of Covington Catholic High School to those who protested desegregation, writing:
The crowd members’ names don’t matter, any more than the names of the crowd members you see in the photo below, from North Little Rock in the 1950s. The young men from Covington Catholic High School should know that they will be immortalized, the way the angry young white people you see below were: as a group, a movement, a problem, beyond their identities as individuals.

Activist Shaun King likewise made the issue about race:

BuzzFeed writer Anne Helen Petersen labeled one student as part of the...

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1 comment:

WDS said...

Awwww, fake POC aka Talcum X is deeply grieved. Go enjoy a Black 'n Mild and a 40 oz. Olde English. You'll survive.