A video went viral on the Internet Saturday morning allegedly showing a group of kids from Covington Catholic school surrounding a group of Native Americans while wearing MAGA hats.
The media created a virtue signaling attack about how inappropriate the children were acting and condemning the actions.
Within a matter of hours, after main stream media began sharing the story and attempting to identify the students several videos from different angles were released, but the media selectively edited reality to fit a narrative.
Tim Pool covered and analyzed the story in detail, check out his videos below.
Nathan Phillips is in fact, an activist who approached the group of students, cameras ready, and began beating his ceremonial drum in the face of one of the students.
Reason summarized what happened next:
Phillips put himself between the teens and the black nationalists, chanting and drumming as he marched straight into the middle of the group of young people. What followed was several minutes of confusion: The teens couldn’t quite decide whether Phillips was on their side or not, but tentatively joined in his chanting. It’s not at all clear this was intended as an act of mockery rather than solidarity.
One student did not get out of Phillips way as he marched, and gave the man a hard stare and a smile that many have described as creepy. This moment received the most media coverage: The teen has been called the product of a “hate factory” and likened to a school shooter, segregation-era racist, and member of the Ku Klux Klan. I have no idea what he was thinking, but portraying this as an example of obvious, racially-motivated hate is a stretch. Maybe he simply had no idea why this man was drumming in his face, and couldn’t quite figure out the best response? It bears repeating that Phillips approached him, not the other way around.
Phillips walked away after several minutes, the Black Hebrew Israelites continued to insult the crowd, and nothing else happened.
Here is video footage of the full incident, from the perspective of the black nationalists. Phillips enters the picture around the 1:12 mark.
At the 1:25 mark, they complain that “you give fa**ots rights,” which prompted booing from the students.
Throughout the video they threaten the kids with violence, and attempt to get them to attack first.
The students resisted these taunts: They laughed at the hecklers, and they perform a few of their school’s sports cheers.
Phillips would tell The Detroit Free Press that the teenagers “were in the process of attacking these four black individuals” and he decided to attempt to de-escalate the situation. Phillips characterized the kids as “beasts” and the hate-group members as “their prey”: