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Quick Thoughts on the Continued Imbecility of Covington HS Students

January 24, 2019 18 comments

As anybody who does not live under a rock must have heard by now, a bunch of imbeciles from Covington HS (somewhere in Kentucky) got thrust into the media spotlight for a series of video clips which went viral on social media platforms. The first, and most widely circulated clip, shows what appears to be MAGA hat wearing idiot confronting an old native american man. And yes.. there is a very good reason I am using words such as imbeciles and idiots to describe members of the student body from that Catholic HS who participated in an anti-choice march in Washington DC. As you will see later in this post, their actions at the event, and since, are almost textbook examples of what a person with more than half a brain should not do in 2019.

So let us get back to the interaction which started this chain of events. But before we go there, think about the real reason that clip went viral in the first place. Here is a hint.. it has almost nothing to do with the other party in that interaction being an old native american guy. Indeed, the video clip would have gone viral even if the other party was a black man, black woman, asian guy, asian woman, white woman.. anybody other than a white man. The real reason that clip went viral, and will haunt the lives of the white boys in it for many years, comes down to their choice of headgear. To put it succinctly, the MAGA hat is now seen by a majority as the modern version of a KKK hood. Yes.. that is how a majority of people saw it.

I am sure that there are many who will vehemently claim otherwise or say something about their ‘freedom of speech’ etc. But let us get real.. those who have made up their mind about the MAGA hat being a modern-day hate symbol simply do not care and happen to be more numerous than those who believe otherwise. And there is historical precedent for such a change in association. For example, Italian Fascists of early 1920s wore black shirts and specific gear because it was associated with the Arditi crack troops of WW1. Similarly, the ‘brown shirts’ of the proto-Nazi movement in 1920-era Germany wore that uniform because somebody found a big consignment of unused discount brown denim shirts and other gear meant for German soldiers in Africa when that organisation started looking around for official uniforms in 1924.

You are welcome to put on the full uniform of Italian Fascists and German proto-Nazis and walk around in those countries, but don’t start complaining if the locals give you strange looks or call the cops on you. This is especially true in Germany.. and while wearing a brown denim shirt alone won’t raise any eyebrows, wearing one tailored in that style and with accompanying insignia will very likely result in being questioned by the local police. I would also strongly recommend against wearing an armband emblazoned with a certain symbol in contemporary Germany or pretty much anywhere in Western Europe. The takeaway message from this part is that symbol association change and evolve over time, and it is a good idea to acknowledge this fact.

So how did the MAGA hat become so toxic a symbol in 2019? Well.. it was a problematic symbol right from the start in 2015- but at that time, it was not as despised. The thing is.. between late-2015 and early-2019, a lot of things happened. While the really problematic events occurred mainly after January 21, 2017- that hat has now come to be associated with, and symbolize, everything negative and despicable about Trump. Let me put it this way.. wearing that hat is the equivalent of going around wearing a T-shirt saying that you are an incompetent racist asshole who enjoys putting non-white children in cages, while sexually assaulting women and being a huge public embarrassment. I am not trying to claim that previous presidents were good or even competent- but ya, Trump has generated more public hate than any president in living memory.

Regardless of what you think or want to believe, walking around wearing that hat in a non-rural part of USA is going to get you negative attention. You have to be cognitively challenged to think otherwise, and yet most boys in that group were wearing MAGA hats. And it gets worse.. they were doing so as students of an all male and almost-completely white catholic high school from the south while attending an anti-choice march in Washington DC. Did I mention that some of these geniuses were shouting “It’s not rape if you enjoy it” in public, even though they were being filmed. They might as well have large signs labelled “future Brett Kavanaugh” or “frat boy rapist” handing from their necks. But their cluelessness and stupidity go much further.

See.. these idiots are young enough to have grown up in the era of smartphones, ubiquitous internet access and social media. They cannot claim ignorance about the effects of everybody having a decent camera in their smartphones. In other words, they should have known that their behavior while wearing MAGA hats and participating in a public march would be filmed to be later scrutinized. Which brings us their next stupid act- reacting to other idiots. Tell me something.. regardless of how ‘alpha’ you imagine yourselves to be- would you react (or even acknowledge the existence) of otherwise harmless hecklers? My point is that it is perfectly justifiable to react with force to anybody who poses an imminent physical threat, but it hard to justify escalating a confrontation with loud idiots who are otherwise harmless.

And it gets even worse.. if that is possible. As many of you known by now, a whole bunch of alt-right CONartists.. I mean.. “celebrities” such as Mike Cernovich, Cassandra Fairbanks etc and black performance artists such as CJ Pearson got in on this story and were busy putting forth an alternative version of events. But why is that a bad thing? Well.. for the same reason that having neo-Nazis support you in a case where you are accused of racial discrimination does not help your public credibility. Such support, if anything, makes it far harder to put forth an acceptable and reasonable defense. Which brings us their next fuckup.. hiring a PR firm and dressing like a 13-year old to go on TV with a sympathetic white newscritter.

The thing is.. over past 2-3 decades, most people have heard so much PR agency bullshit that they have now come to associate their time-worn tactics with confession of guilt. Of course, the clueless kinda-rich parents of these idiots in Kentucky probably did not realize it. In any case, hiring a PR agency and then putting their failson on TV dressed as a 13-year old boy (in spite of most people having previously seen normal photos of him) was a really bad idea- because it provided another opportunity to reignite public outrage against him and that group. What made it even worse was how that stupid white newscritter treated him with kid gloves- a very sharp and obvious contrast how these same losers treat non-white adolescents. Maybe, they did not get the memo that it 2019, not 1999. And then that idiot fucked up even more..

Instead of framing that interaction as a misunderstanding or crankiness due to being tired and hungry, that dumbfuck said “I had every right to stand there”. While I am no PR professional, verbalizing your right to stand your ground against an old non-white man (with your friends around you) while wearing a MAGA hat was a really dumb idea. See.. the last thing you want to do when accused of being a racist prick is to sound like a whiter version of George Zimmerman. He could have just skirted that question or said something to the effect of being in an unfamiliar situation. That way, he would be seen as an immature idiot rather than an entitled white racist.

In conclusion, the Covington HS idiots do not seem to realize that they have figuratively painted a big target on their foreheads- for many year to come. Overtly racist behavior by whites, you see, is no longer cool like it was even a decade ago. While they could get into places like Bob Jones University after graduating high school, you can be assured that every one of them (save the richest) will have problems getting into anything approaching a decent university- especially one on, or near, the coasts. Furthermore, they can expect very high levels of future public scrutiny of their behavior and actions- even if they remain in Kentucky. And that you see, is going to be far worse than it sounds. Imagine some girl accusing one of those guys of sexual assault a couple of years from now. And all of this could have been avoided if they had not worn that stupid hat.

What do you think? Comments?