the face of white privilege starts here

(Updated to include interview of Phillips, the Native American being harassed.)

The strangest thing is that fotohgirl@twitter circulated this picture and I honest to god thought it was part of that 10/20 year challenge thing, having missed the context in which it was posted.

But in a larger sense that photo above is 100% true because this thing of entitled, privileged, arrogant white boys being taught that they will always win out, no matter what has been true in this country for many, many decades. From the article below:

The face is in this photo of a clutch of white young men crowding around a single black man at a lunch counter sit-in in Virginia in the 1960s, and in many other images of jeering white men from that era. The face is the rows of Wisconsin high school boys flashing Nazi salutes in a prom picture last year. The face is Brett Kavanaugh—then a student at an all-boys Catholic prep school—“drunkenly laughing” as he allegedly held down Christine Blasey Ford. Anyone who knew the popular white boys in high school recognized it: the confident gaze, the eyes twinkling with menace, the smirk. The face of a boy who is not as smart as he thinks he is, but is exactly as powerful. The face that sneers, “What? I’m just standing here,” if you flinch or cry or lash out. The face knows that no matter how you react, it wins.

The Face of the Teenager Who Harassed a Native American Veteran Is All Too Familiar

The Face of the Teenager Who Harassed a Native American Veteran Is All Too Familiar

By Ruth Graham


An interview with Nathan Phillips on the #MAGAYouth incident –

Vincent Schilling: What were your thoughts regarding the disrespect being shown by the youth?

Nathan Phillips: We’re indigenous. We’re different than that. When we see our youth going the wrong way, we will go up and say, “You are doing the wrong thing there nephew, or grandson. This is just the wrong way. I tell them, “This is the way you have to behave. This wrong, this is right.”

You gotta do it a certain way. We have protocols.

Vincent Schilling: In Native culture, the things we’re taught more than anything else is being respectful to our elders and to see you disrespected in that way hurt my heart more than I could explain

Nathan Phillips: I’m angry with those instructors, the chaperones and tutors whose children’s lives were in their hands. That was their job, that wasn’t my job to do.

No, but then again, we are Indigenous and it is my job and from an Indigenous point of view.

But they were getting paid to take care of those children to act and for them to be allowed to behave that way. Is it in my mind, is a fireable offense. They’ve aligned those children to take the wrong path and they have a bright future to live. You know, if that was my child, I would not be happy with the school officials right now to allow my child to behave that way. I don’t care if my child is that way. When he’s out in public, he’d better behave.

An interview with Nathan Phillips on the #MAGAYouth incident –

“I see a bright, beautiful future if we want it … it’s there for us. It’s ours to pass on to the next generation.”


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