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Letter: Extended video shows what occurred with students

The Daily Show on Jan. 21 performed a public service by correcting a “news story” that had gone viral.

For example, at Daily Kos, Mark Sumner posted “White Kentucky teens surround and harass Native American veteran during DC Indigenous Peoples March.”

However, an extended video of the event posted on YouTube (“Mirror of Shar Yaqataz Banyamyan facebook video”) makes it clear that Nick Sandmann, and other students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky attending this year’s March for Life,

their confrontation with Nathan Phillips, a Native American veteran participating in an Indigenous Peoples March, were in fact responding to four members of a group called the Black Hebrew Israelites, a black supremacist organization, who were yelling abuse at Sandmann and his classmates. (See “Student denies mocking Native American activist,” Reuters.)

According to Sandmann “The protesters said hateful things. … They also taunted an African American student from my school by telling him that we would ‘harvest his organs.’ I have no idea what that insult means, but it was startling to hear.” (“Cov Cath student in DC march video denounces ‘outright lies’ about him,” WLWT TV Channel 5, Cincinnati, OH, Digital Staff). As Trevor Noah commented “The toughest thing we have to combat is our own bias. Depending on who’s holding the camera, their story made them look like the victim.”

Douglas Aerie


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