Opinion

We watched the original video of the young white Kentucky boys decked out in Make America Great Again gear mocking an old Native American man and, to say the least, we were disappointed.

The teens were in the nation’s capital for the March for LifeThe Native American man, 64-year-old Nathan Phillips, was on the mall for the Indigenous People’s March. The footage of their encounter, shot Friday, seemed to support the false narrative that President Donald Trump is a racist and by default anyone who supports him is a racist. The young Trump supporters were accused of being culturally insensitive at best and down right dirty racists at worst.

Less than 24 hours later, a host of live videos of the full incident emerged and make it clear that the grown-ups were the childish instigators and the teenagers were actually just being teenagers.  

The full story, if anyone on the left would care to report, is really rather simple.

The teenagers were told to wait for their bus and while doing so they began doing school chants. The most egregious thing that the boys may have done was chant, “Build the wall.” We have not seen footage of that, but it has been reported. They also may have done a “tomahawk chop” gesture and said “go back to the reservation.”

This large group of white boys from Kentucky standing on the national mall wearing MAGA hats chanting were not harming anyone. And yes, they were exercising their First Amendment rights.

But Lord help their silly selves.

These teenagers were ripe for the pickings of Indian elder Nathan Phillips and the Black Hebrew Israelites activists. In the full video, it is clear that Phillips and a small group of Black Hebrew Israelites activists approach the boys as they are chanting. It is the adults who begin hurling F-bombs and being the aggressors.

And in a statement, Nick Sandmann, the teen at the center of the crisis, disputes the narrative that has taken hold, saying, “I am mortified that so many people have come to believe something that did not happen — that students from my school were chanting or acting in a racist fashion toward African Americans or Native Americans.”

We believe that cell phones are slowly creating parity because now when a cop goes rogue and beats an innocent black man, or when a coffee shop barista calls the cops on innocent black men for just waiting on a friend, there is proof. We as black people can say, “Look! See! We’ve been saying this happens and here is proof!”

And we also believe that the cell phone footage should vindicate these young white boys. “Look! See! We’ve been saying this happens and here’s the proof!”

The mainstream media will deliberately paint false narratives if it makes Trump look bad, even if it means ruining the life of a young kid who did nothing but stand and not move when an old Native American man started chanting in front of him with a drum.

Come on, people. That was strange! What was the kid supposed to do?

Because of the narrative that has been painted, the teenager has been given national twitter hate from political figures like Elizabeth Warren, activists like Shaun King, and celebrities like Billy Crystal. Reza Aslan even tweeted, “Honest question. Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s?” These are adults with hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers who have not issued an apology or deleted their tweets.

We don’t expect the mainstream media to go full coverage on the correction. The egg on their faces would be too much for them to bear. But the grown-ups, particularly those with huge media platforms, should be actual grown-ups and apologize.

Dee Dee Bass Wilbon & Deana Bass Williams

Dee Dee Bass Wilbon is a partner at Bass Public Affairs, a public affairs firm based in the Washington, D.C. region. She is the co-founder of GROWTHComms.com, the communication conference for conservatives who want to impact media with common sense.

Deana Bass Williams is a partner at Bass Public Affairs, a public affairs firm based in the Washington, D.C. region. She is the co-founder of GROWTHComms.com, the communication conference for conservatives who want to impact media with common sense.

This article was published on The Daily Signal.

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