Covington Catholic, “Hashtag Activism”, and the Dehumanizing Effect of ‘Fake News’

What the Internet’s reaction to a misleading video clip reveals about our society in 2019

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A face that a mother loves, but also a face that a grown man wants to “punch”.

“This behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person. The matter is being investigated and we will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion. We know this incident also has tainted the entire witness of the March for Life and express our most sincere apologies to all those who attended the March and all those who support the pro-life movement.”

Honestly though, are there many Catholic schools who actually teach about the horrors of abortion?

And so, as a recap:

The Dangers of “Hashtag-Activism”

I offer my sincerest apologies to you, your teachers, and your families for participating in a vile act of presumption. Upon seeing the original short clip, I noticed the MAGA hats (I am not exactly a fan of Donald Trump) & the majority’s skin color (white), and presuming economic privilege (your attendance at a Catholic school), I made an error in judgment — I falsely assumed that you were committing an act of racism against an indigenous person. Not only do I apologize for the presumption, but I also apologize for spreading the “fake news” to my Twitter followers, and quite possibly damaging your reputations, as well. Racism exists, and it is evil. That stated, there is nothing from the longer videos and reliable testimonies that would make me think that you as a student body (or individually) acted in such a racist manner. I apologize for participating in this smear-campaign, for commenting on a news story I knew little about, and for contributing to attacks upon your school and you as individuals. I am writing this apology (as well as this larger piece) as an act of solidarity & support, a pledge to pursue truth over assumptions, wherever that truth may lead. I pray that you find support in your school and parish communities. I will offer whatever assistance I can in helping spread the truth of this incident. My sincerest apologies to you all.

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The Dehumanizing Effect of ‘Fake News’

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Doctoral student in theology, seeking the true, good, and beautiful.

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