This is almost too easy, especially now, and others have flagged it too, but really, she can hardly be shunned enough for this…
“But I think the real reason the clip has spread is simpler: It’s the kid’s face. The face of self-satisfaction and certitude, of edginess expressed as cruelty. The face remains almost completely still as his peers hoot in awed delight at his bravado. The face is both punchable and untouchable. Many observers recognized it right away.”
Ruth Graham in her Slate piece, , “The MAGA Teenager Who Harassed a Native American Veteran Is Still Unnamed, but We’ve Seen His Face Before” an attack on Coventry Catholic school student Nick Sandmann based on what we now know was a politically motivated fake news smear based on a deceptively edited video and knee-jerk media bias against anyone daring to support the President.
Her post is still up.
I was going to include this in my hate-themed warm-up yesterday, but Graham deserves her own post, so utterly despicable is she. Ann Althouse’s son, also a blogger, issued two tweets that almost encompass her void of ethics and fairness, writing,
How is it OK to make a national news story out of not liking someone’s smile? Mocking someone’s smile is as bad as telling someone they have to smile more, and we’re all supposed to think the latter is blatantly offensive, right?,
Slate’s Facebook post of this article calls the kid’s facial expression “the smirk of evil.” I don’t know how adults can sleep at night after publicly trashing a kid and calling him “evil.”
Graham wasn’t alone. Here’s BuzzFeed writer Anne Helen Petersen on Twitter about Sandmann’s face:
One theme of the conversations over the past 24 hours = how deeply familiar this look is. It’s the look of white patriarchy, of course, but that familiarity — that banality — is part of what prompts the visceral reaction. This isn’t spectacular. It’s life in America.
After the more extensive videos acme out, Petersen, like many others, just refused to accept the fact that she was wrong, and the kids had been smeared:
I have watched all of the videos. You can understand that the situation was more complex than the first video and still recognize why the sight of that face caused a visceral reaction in so many.
Yeah, I understand why: Petersen is a bigot who is now incapable of accurate perception. She has absorbed the Big Lie that “Make America Great Again” is some kind of coded white supremacy slogan, along with the narrative that white men are viruses in society. The correct analogy is the “Hands up, Don’t shoot” lie. It was accepted as true by the news media and activists who wanted to hang the involved police officer to advance their propaganda that innocent young blacks were being gunned down in the streets, and even after the lie was exposed, many still repeat it as fact today. In that spirit of convenient denial, Deadspin’s Laura Wagner wrote, “Don’t Doubt What You Saw With Your Own Eyes,” and accused the Covington student’s’ defenders “siding with some shithead MAGA teens and saying that 2+2=5 in the face of every bit of evidence there is to be had.”
Imagine being a teenager who is suddenly being targeted for a bloody death by a Hollywood producer. Jack Morrissey tweeted about “MAGA kids” being stuffed“screaming, hats first into the woodchipper.” His tweet showed blood flying from a woodchipper. Twitter, by the way, has not banned Morrissey for violating its community standards—only conservative views do that. Wishing children dead for wearing a hat supportive of the President of the United States IS the social media community standard. Morrissey makes films for Disney, and treats children this way. Also nice.
When the criticism got too hot for him, he pulled the tweet and claimed he was joking—about pushing Catholic students head first into a woodchipper. That’s hate, not humor. Speaking of heads, here’s Kathy Griffin, one of many Hollywood celebrities to attack Sandmann and the other students:
“Name these kids. I want NAMES. Shame them. If you think these fuckers wouldn’t dox you in a heartbeat, think again.”
Here’s Alyssa Milano:
“The red MAGA hat is the new white hood. Without white boys being able to empathize with other people, humanity will continue to destroy itself.”
Okay, these are just silly, ignorant, Hillary-corrupted, under-educated and show business-addled fools who think that because they were on TV once they have some kind of authority. But what’s the Washington Post’s excuse for this: “The Catholic Church’s shameful history of Native American abuses”?
Oh, I see: those kids must have been harassing the guy beating the drum because in addition to wearing “I am a racist” hats, they go to a Catholic school and have obviously been trained to hate Native Americans.
The people and institutions conspiring to shame and harm these student are bad people. Not because of what they believe, but because of what they do, and the fact that they not only keep doing it, but are self-righteous about it. In the September Ethics Alarms post called, Admit It, Liberals, Progressives, Democrats, “The Resistance,” The Left, Or Whatever You Call Yourselves*: You’re The Bad Guys , I wrote in part,
We’re still waiting for that moment of self-awareness from the Left. How it happened in their case is a matter of historical record: accumulated arrogance, cynicism and the rejection of their own ideology’s core principles–you know, liberalism?—did the trick. What was left was pure power-seeking, anger, hate, and “the ends justifies the means,” the “ethic” of fascism and totalitarianism….
The Left has rejected freedom of speech, accepting the often violent efforts of college students to threaten and silence speakers whose views they regard as “hate speech.” It has opposed the rule of law in immigration policy, labeling the essential sovereign function of controlling borders as “racism.” It has advocated dividing society into favored and disfavored groups Women must be “believed”; men must be presumed guilty; police must be presumed racist.
There are too many examples to cover in less than a book; I think Ethics Alarms has dealt with most of them. The current low point, however, is the issue at hand: the Kavanaugh nomination.
Well, I was wrong there. These people can go even lower, and this episode proves it. I think we can agree that focusing national hatred and violent fantasies ( the Covington School was closed today because of death threats) on students who did absolutely nothing wrong except for their choice of caps—I can’t believe I have to write this—is even lower than using a 30 year-old discovered memory that can’t be corroborated to claim that a distinguished judge is a sexual predator. I now believe that there is no limit to how low they will go.