The ability of social media to elevate the smallest of issues into national controversies has been well documented. But the past few days has done more to show the ability of social media in mutating stories into false narratives that do damage to the nation as a whole.
On Saturday, a group of students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky was on the National Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial, part of their trip to the nation’s capital to participate in the March for Life. They were met by numerous Progressive activists, including a number of African American Black Hebrew Israelite protesters, and several Native American activists. Among those activists were Omaha elder Nathan Phillips, who confronted the students while banging on his drum. The students then stood their ground and were later accused of taunting him and other participants. Philips later recounted that he became upset while watching the Black Hebrew Israelites make speeches. He stated that more and more Covington students arrived and were then “in the process of attacking these four black individuals,” according to Philips.More