Liberalism 101: “My feelings are more important than your facts.”
The University of Iowa students op-ed concluded: “The white supremacy ‘MAGA’ represents shows the nature of white fragility, in which any challenge to whites as the center of innocent humanity triggers a range of defensive moves, including the erasure of ‘colored’ stories and the explanation of white ones.”
— All American Girl (@AIIAmericanGirI) January 30, 2019
Writing in The Daily Iowan, Maleaha Brings Plenty and Nichole Shaw maintain that the longer, full video of the Covington students’ encounter with Native American activist Nathan Phillips “didn’t change much of the scenario”:
[Covington student Nick] Sandmann and his peers were still blocking Phillips in a disrespectful manner with an ignorant air. Sandmann claims he stood still in an effort to “diffuse the situation,” while Phillips said the encounter made him feel “blocked and intimidated.” The smirk on Sandmann’s face is what drove many to believe the encounter was deliberate and out of malice, rather than out of an attempt to diffuse the situation, as Sandmann claims.
“Overall,” the authors continue, the whole encounter is an example of “Make America Great Again” being a phrase which “has become a symbol of white supremacy.” But of course.
Plenty and Shaw then demonstrate they’re perfectly suited for the same contemporary media they partially criticize:
This is clear when we see images of private-school white boys chanting “Build that wall!” to Native Americans who were here before them. It isn’t a coincidence that students supporting a slogan that has its roots in blatant racism would cause such a stir at an Indigenous People’s March. More
I always enjoy getting lectured by college students that have 0% real life experience. The only person that could actually think this was racist is a RACIST.
Once again we have people putting their own spin on something, finding that it “offends” them without being able to even consider and accept the real facts.