The proof that this school has a long, racist history is literally everywhere
Covington Catholic students have been dominating the news cycle for the abhorrent, racist behavior they displayed at the Lincoln Memorial over the weekend. Several videos show a horde of male students from the school screaming, chanting, and making fun of a Native American elder (and others). The headlines about the school probably aren’t going to die down anytime soon, and for valid reasons.
It turns out the school’s race problem isn’t a new one — surprise, surprise. A video of several white students donning blackface during a basketball game has surfaced, proving the school has been a racist cesspool for a while.
In a video dating back to 2012, several students in the bleachers are seen painted in black makeup from head to toe. Even more than that, the precise application of said makeup is undeniably reminiscent of the minstrel era. On a bunch of white kids.
VIDEO: https://t.co/pFgrJA1N0Q From :06 to 1:06 you can see a teacher or coach of #CovingtonCatholic leading the teens in a chant– several of the Covington students are in blackface. At this game, black players on the opposing team were verbally abused. pic.twitter.com/gqyNRUjYXD
— Marcus Henry Weber (@MarcusHWeber) January 21, 2019
The opposing team had black players — who were allegedly verbally abused throughout this particular game and others.
One former Covington Catholic student says the school often participated in “blackout” games, where everyone wears black to show fan support. Why this would ever, ever include white boys painting their faces black is, well, whiteness at work.
Judging by the makeup application of the boy in the aforementioned tweet, it’s difficult to believe it’s an innocent “blackout.” After all, if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it’s probably a racist.
Especially when you hear things like this:
Idk why people are shocked by these Cov Cath kids. I remember senior year they chanted “Caramel” at me during a basketball game senior year. This ain’t nothing new 😴 https://t.co/Qtn8QvZRVe
— Phillip Hawkins (@HawkinsPhillip) January 19, 2019
Just want to be clear that I am from the same area as Cov Cath and their reputation is pretty consistent with the horrible things revealed on video. They used to taunt Holmes high school at games with “soap on a rope” because they’re black and jail is apparently funny.
— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) January 23, 2019
"You're black, we're cool, we pay for your school" CovCath students to Holmes High basketball players. And various cheers about nooses, monkeys, and more. https://t.co/cLWl79pE2M
— Jen PB (@JenBohle) January 22, 2019
CovCath always yelled racist and degrading shit to us during basketball games.
“What’s your ACT score?!”
“You can’t read!”
“Your cheerleaders hide their guns in their pom-poms!”
Last time I checked, we weren’t criminals. Also, both Holmes and CovCath are in COVINGTON… js.
— Dawn Griffith (@dawn_gotti) January 20, 2019
I was just waiting for stuff like this to come out. Everyone at my high school (in *nearby* Covington) remembers CovCath students bringing soaps on a rope one year to make a prison joke about our mostly black bball team. Oh, and the chants. https://t.co/XlePK8xzz8
— Katie Fossett (@KatelynFossett) January 22, 2019
It’s difficult to know what to believe — the blatant racism displayed by Covington Catholic students we’re seeing with our own eyeballs and the firsthand accounts of racist abuse, or a handful of privileged white boys who deny all of it. Or, rather, the PR firms their parents have hired are denying all of it.
Who can say for sure?!
If you perform a simple “Cov Cath” search on Twitter, you’ll find countless stories of racist and homophobic harassment shared by former students.
I was getting fed up with kids from this school calling me a “faggot” and wishing death upon me. So I decided to take a stand and defend myself.— Mac Duckworth (@macduckworth) January 19, 2019
Lol i sincerely remember my mother recommending that I not consider going to CovCath because she thought I would be relentlessly bullied (unspoken, but obviously bc she knew i was gay) and this entire experience is like watching my bullies get a presidential medal of honor https://t.co/iYfOqOTorF
— Mother Lachymarum (@Pschlarm) January 22, 2019
The school’s homophobia is so rampant, last year’s valedictorian was prevented from delivering his commencement speech because of his sexuality.
Amid all the racism and homophobia presented by the boys at this school, we can’t forget about the misogyny. They were, after all, visiting D.C. to attend the March for Life rally to share their support of denying women the right to a safe and legal abortion.
Oh, and this charming anecdote, where one of the boys can be heard shouting “it’s not rape if you enjoy it,” apropos of nothing.
Latest Covington Catholic video from the Lincoln Memorial incident on Friday has surfaced where one of the students yells, "It's not rape if you enjoy it!"
Good luck spinning this one… pic.twitter.com/4yJXHrLP0Z
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) January 22, 2019
And here they are, harassing women passing by on the street.
The Covington Catholic boys harrassed my friends and I before the incident with Nathan Phillips even happened. I'm tired of reading things saying they were provoked by anyone else other than their own egos and ignorance 🤦🏼♀️ pic.twitter.com/utdPFii92D
— linds (@roflinds) January 21, 2019
Yeah, you can go ahead and shove your redemption tours for literally any of these bros.
The vast majority of students at Covington Catholic are, unsurprisingly, white. But the lack of diversity expands to the staff at the school, too.
#CovingtonCatholic's race problem is not limited to the almost all-white student body however.— Arlen Parsa (@arlenparsa) January 20, 2019
Before the school hastily removed its teachers directory yesterday, I reviewed it.
Every. Single. Teacher. Is. White.
(at least of those 80 listed yesterday before they took it down) pic.twitter.com/HTVcK9xTBk
During his utterly pointless and dead-eyed interview with TODAY this morning, Main Smirker Nicholas Sandmann told Savannah Guthrie that because his school is Catholic, “they don’t tolerate racism” and that none of his classmates are racist.
Sorry, Sandmann, but everything — and I mean everything — speaks to the contrary. And the burden to change the toxic atmosphere of this school does not lie on the shoulders of the marginalized people they’ve dehumanized.