Media keeps trying to blame the Native American elder & Hebrew Israelites for the reprehensible behavior of the MAGA hat wearing #CovingtonBoys.
If this isn’t disrespect & mocking, what is? These punks were out of pocket & chaperones were irresponsible. pic.twitter.com/gEMa6W13Et— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) January 22, 2019
After the original video caused a stinging rebuke of the boys behavior, other videos caused some to walk back their criticisms and become sympathetic to the boys to the point of even painting them as the victims. This demonstrated the penchant of Americans to always give white youth the benefit of the doubt and to allow them to be depicted as vulnerable children, who should be given a pass for youthful mistakes, something never afforded to Black children. For example, the same crowd that became sympathetic to the fact that the Hebrew Israelites may have provoked the tension and aggression of the Covington boys never saw Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice or Jordan Edwards as children. That crowd blamed 12-year-old Rice for his own death after being murdered by a cop for playing with a toy in a park. In a now infamous video, Fox News anchor Geraldo Rivera blamed Martin for being profiled and murdered by George Zimmerman in 2012 for the crime of: wearing a hoodie. Rivera opined, “I think the hoodie was just as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.” He also said that those who wear hoodies are “stylizing themselves as gangstas.” Rivera’s advice for Black boys to “dress more appropriately” by not wearing hoodies was never mentioned by right wing pundits regarding the Covington boys who were dressed in hoodies and MAGA hats.
People assembling in #MAGA hats, never leave a place more kind, less volatile, more diverse, or safer for historically marginalized people.
They leave a trail of profanity, intimidation, and fear—and excuses on why they feel justified in doing so.https://t.co/0d7MoTUXng— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) January 22, 2019
Nothing affirmed that point more than the 147 racist voicemails I received from white Trump supporting Fox News viewers after my appearance on Ingraham’s show. If the scores of hateful voicemails, emails and social media messages did nothing else, they proved to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that Black hating bigots love Trump and love their MAGA hats. The enraged reaction I received as a result of my MAGA hat critique and assessment of 50-5 was a signifier that those who believe America was great during some point in the past, when it was worse for Black people, have been emboldened to freely spew their racist vitriol in the public sphere by a president who is an unapologetic bigot.
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