Who’s Fault?

Current issues are not always black and white


artwork by Ayrianna Franklin

Lizzie Kayser, Reporter

You’ve probably seen the picture. A group of boys from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky, donned in Trump merchandise, staring down a Native American elder at the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington D.C have created a nation-wide controversy.

It appeared, however, that there was more than one side to the story. In a full video of the incident, the Black Hebrew Israelites were shown yelling slurs at both the marchers and the Covington Catholic students. When tensions rose, Native American elder Nathan Phillips began a prayer. This was met with mocking from the students.

Based on the photograph alone and short clips alone, it was easy to get angry. However, with more information coming in, people are beginning to hold the Covington boys in a saint-like light. President Trump himself voiced his support.

Nick Sandmann and the students of Covington have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be,” Trump tweeted. “They have captivated the attention of the world, and I know they will use it for the good – maybe even to bring people together. It started off unpleasant, but can end in a dream!”

I don’t understand what there is to choose here. Many groups acted out of line in this situation, but due to our society’s strict partisanism, we feel like we have to place specific blame on someone. Just because all of the weight doesn’t lie on the Covington group doesn’t mean they should be pardoned. Likewise, disagreeing with Trump supporters doesn’t justify the actions of the Black Hebrew Israelites or anyone else involved.

Engraved in modern-day culture, the tendency to quickly point fingers has become all too common. When we do this, it makes it difficult to compromise or formulate our own opinions.

I’m guilty of it too. If I see something skewed to my side of the political spectrum, I am quick to share it without checking the news or reading up on it myself. If I hold my tongue, however, I feel as if I’m not doing my part.

I believe that continuing this trend will have extremely negative impacts on society. Don’t believe it? Look to Washington D.C.

It is this kind of division that has caused the longest government shutdown in history, leaving 800,000 Americans without pay. This kind of division is bringing basic human rights, like those of the LGBTQ community, back into debate.

How much longer can we go on like this, only making decisions to anger to the other side? If we, as the next generation, continue this trend of behavior, it will naturally carry over when we take office in the future. It’s up to us.