A young woman posted a video Monday of a group of white boys in MAGA hats yelling incoherently at her and her friends, alleging that they were the same kids who surrounded and harassed Nathan Phillips and other Native American individuals on Saturday. After the release of additional footage and a statement by one of the boys, some are attempting to exonerate the boys from Covington Catholic high school based on the fact that a couple men from a fringe religious group shouted abuse at them.
According to the woman, who simply goes by “linds” on Twitter, her video offers evidence that the boys were down to harass people before any encounter with Black Israelites.
The Covington Catholic boys harrassed my friends and I before the incident with Nathan Phillips even happened. I'm tired of reading things saying they were provoked by anyone else other than their own egos and ignorance ??♀️ pic.twitter.com/utdPFii92D— linds (@roflinds) January 21, 2019
The Covington Catholic students were bussed to the nation’s capital from Kentucky to take part in the March for Life, a pro-life, anti-abortion march that was, as Sarah Silverman put it, a real sausage fest. It’s difficult to say for sure if the hollering boys in this latest video are the same as the ones seen mocking and jeering at Nathan Phillips, but they appear young, white, and to be wearing the red MAGA caps. In all their shouting, the only thing that can be clearly made out is “MAGA,” which the woman taking the video mocks.
The woman who posted the video then comments what we’re all thinking and feeling this Monday: “I’m so tired already.”
White power hand sign pic.twitter.com/HM5mVEjz69— peace (@CucoLuca) January 22, 2019
It’s not a stretch to say that boys from Covington Catholic High School have exhibited a pattern of harassment and worse behavior based in racism, sexism, and homophobia. Former students of color from Covington Catholic report enduring racist abuse, sometimes to the point of having to change schools. Photos of students in blackface and giving the new “white power” sign have surfaced, as has a report that a former student is accused of choking and raping a woman until she bled.
Predictably, certain individuals who appear to really want to deny racism and sexism have been demanding that “linds” provide a longer video and context. However, there isn’t much more to say about the incident of clear street harassment.
This video is short because we walked by and were surprised to be yelled at. I took my phone out to send it to my friends back home for a laugh. I simply could not ignore the media saying they were provoked so I posted it ??♀️— linds (@roflinds) January 22, 2019
Also for those asking the full details, the interaction wasnt very complicated. We walked by, they started yelling, we asked them how old they were, they replied "old enough", kept yelling, and we rolled our eyes and kept walking. ??♀️— linds (@roflinds) January 22, 2019
It’s apparently too much to ask that people believe women and Native Americans on the day of the Women’s March and the Indigenous People’s March. What else is new?
At least some people get it.
Wow it’s almost like they’re exactly who they appear to be??????— ✨✨?✨✨ (@isthatclever) January 22, 2019
They were just praying, at the top of their lungs, in your direction.— iResist minor announcements, too (@ThomboyD) January 22, 2019
Look at your little sweet babies or maybe just boys being boys.— Angie Reynolds (@KizzyMae1969) January 22, 2019
We tell them this is ok at 16, why do you think they will stop when they turn 32?
I have a girl and a boy and I want them to be good people in society. These excuses do not help people grow.
Hey. I found the guys the Gilette ad was made for...— Ellen (@Talena23472) January 22, 2019
They don't live in a world of consequences. That is a byproduct of sheer, unimaginable privilege.— James Walker (@extwthoutsavng) January 22, 2019
The devil does not need an advocate.— JoelleColvilleHanson (@PastorJoelle) January 22, 2019
That's a serious case of economic anxiety.— Chip Moynihan (@ChipMoynihan) January 22, 2019
And their moms were scared and sniffling on TV. If my kid acted like these kids I would be so ashamed. I'm sure he acts like a jacka$$ sometimes, but he's not racist. None of his friends would be caught dead in a MAGA hat.— 91slimgraham (@kelliegraham91) January 22, 2019
I've been in DC *mumblemumble* times to protest, and this isn't the first mob of teens wearing MAGA gear I've seen. July 2018. The white kids, mostly male, surrounded us, aggressively screaming in our faces, filming. No chaperones. We were outnumbered, and it was terrifying.— kristin brings bonesaws to fistfights (@FadeResistant) January 22, 2019
Brett Kavanaughs in training.— Wherever You Go There You Are (@FeedMePretty) January 22, 2019
Isn’t that one and the same? There is definitely no difference when they pull these stunts in front of sexual health clinics such as PP.— measi (@measi) January 22, 2019
Not seeing women as equal persons is pretty on-brand for the Catholic Church, though— sarah (@sheologian) January 22, 2019
wow... it's almost like they're like that ALL THE TIME.— judy charnock (@CharnockJudy) January 22, 2019
I couldn't really hear what they were shouting. Was it love thy neighbour, or do unto others?— DougWK (@doug_wk) January 22, 2019
Those were Covington Catholic School chants.— Martin Chavez (@MartyChavez) January 22, 2019
It’s going to be a long week.