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January 22, 2019

Confession, Viralists, Drag Bingo

Harry M. Covert

Time to confess. I jumped on the viral story accusing some touring high school students of confronting, hassling and hazing a Native American at the Lincoln Memorial – of all places.


This correspondent was watching the football game from New Orleans and, in a lull, moved to Facebook. I was alarmed at the report and quickly responded, asking how did these boys get so ugly and unruly. Why have our communities become hateful? My apologies, dear readers.


Within seconds, Johanne Watson of Maryland kindly wrote me there was another side to the story. And it was. I have always attempted to get the facts before going off half-cocked. I know better.


Before continuing, I was considering a commentary about Drag Bingo. The Frederick News-Post featured such an event at a well-known Frederick County volunteer fire company. Three out-of-town “drag queens” in full costume, called the numbers and entertained the crowd.


The bingo story caught my attention. My, my, how society has changed, is changing and accepting untoward activities as okay, none calling so-called money raising off the bubble or improper. This stuff is now in what’s described as “progressive.” How nice. When will some church leaders stand up and decry the conduct that used to be sin? How dare we pick on any of the modernists allowing distasteful events?


The news reporting did bring to the public untoward creeping sexual proclivities heretofore limited to bawdy houses and illicit “adult” performances eyed by the vice squads.


Now, back to the Lincoln Memorial tale. The students and chaperones were Covington, Kentucky, Catholic high schoolers. They were accosted by nasty talking protestors. They were in the Capital for the annual March for Life, in which thousands of people participated.


In what I should have done before criticizing the students, I should have ignored the Internet viralists, getting the facts. I am in no way part of the mainstream media, thankfully. Guesswork is not part of journalism, nor is insinuation, or non-use of naming news sources.


Here is the statement of junior Nick Sandmann of the school. His description of events has been proven accurate and true:


“I am the student in the video who was confronted by the Native American protestor. I arrived at the Lincoln Memorial at 4:30 p.m. I was told to be there by 5:30 p.m., when our busses were due to leave Washington for the trip back to Kentucky. We had been attending the March for Life rally, and then had split up into small groups to do sightseeing.


“When we arrived, we noticed four African American protestors who were also on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I am not sure what they were protesting, and I did not interact with them. I did hear them direct derogatory insults at our school group.


“The protestors said hateful things. They called us ‘racists,’ ‘bigots,’ ‘white crackers,’ ‘faggots,’ and ‘incest kids.’ 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.”


Need I comment further?


No. If anything, jumping to conclusions surely leads to misinformation. Those who like the tab “progressives” are dangerous.


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