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Perhaps We Jumped A Little Too Fast To Judge

A viral video is defined as the following:

A video that becomes popular through a viral process of Internet sharing, typically through video sharing websites such as YouTube as well as social media and email.

The latest viral video to catch the nation’s attention was a group of high school boys who appeared to mock Vietnam veteran and Native American elder Nathan Phillips as he chanted a traditional Native American song last Friday in Washington D.C.. The young man who is standing inches from Mr. Phillips and appears to be wearing a smirk on his face has been identified as Nick Sandmann.

Over the last day or so, more details have emerged about what really happened last Friday. Five men who are part of the Black Hebrew Israelite community taunted the boys. Mr. Phillips said that he stepped into de-escalate the situation before words turned into regrettable actions.

The Today Show aired the full interview with Nick Sandmann earlier today.

Right now, I don’t know what to think or believe. Regardless of whose side one is on, we all jumped a little to fast to make a judgement call without knowing all of the facts.

The problem with this quick judgement is that it reveals how divided this country is. It is those divisions that scare me and makes we wonder what we will say to future generations when they ask us about this era in American history.

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Someone Needs To Teach This Kid To Respect His Elders

I don’t know about kids these days, but when I was young, I was taught to respect my elders. Even if I disagreed with them, I still showed them respect.

Nathan Phillips is a Vietnam veteran, a Native American activist and an elder of the Omaha people. On Friday, Mr. Phillips was taunted by a group of young men from Covington Catholic High School as they chanted traditional songs at an event. Wearing MAGA hats, one of the boys involved is seen standing inches from Mr. Phillips with an arrogant smirk on his face. Other boys were chanting “build the wall”.


This is the consequence of having you know who in power. These young men did not get the idea to taunt Mr. Phillips and others like him from thin air. He is enabling these young men to believe that because they are Caucasian and male, they have the right to treat Mr. Phillips as they did. Shame on them, shame on their parents and shame on their school for allowing these young men to believe that such treatment is acceptable.

In 2019, we think that we have moved on from the prejudice and hate of the past. We think that we treat each other as human beings, regardless of labels or identity. But the sad reality is that prejudice and hate are still part of our culture. Until we face both head on, they will remain as a stain on our collective humanity.


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