While visiting the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., in January 2019, Nick Sandmann, a high school student from Covington Catholic High School, found himself in a widely publicized encounter with Nathan Phillips, a Native American activist. The incident gained national attention after a video clip surfaced, showing Sandmann standing face-to-face with Phillips, with a group of his classmates around him, wearing “Make America Great Again” hats.
Liberals in the media went wild, attacking the high schooler as a racist and in the words of one CNN contributor, a snot-nosed entitled kid from Kentucky.
Eventually, Sandmann settled with multiple media companies after he sued for defamation.
Earlier in the week, Carron J. Phillips, a writer for the troubled sports site Deadspin, tried to turn another child into a caricature of racism, claiming in a hit piece that a boy attending the Raiders-Chiefs game was wearing blackface.
Does Sandmann have his lawyer’s telephone number handy?
An article from Deadspin’s Carron J. Phillips accused the young child, Holden Armenta, of wearing racist blackface in an article titled, “The NFL needs to speak out against the Kansas City Chiefs fan in Black face, Native headdress.” The child was wearing the team’s colors of red and black and his headdress resembled the team’s 1960s and early ’70s logo.
“It takes a lot to disrespect two groups of people at once. But on Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas, a Kansas City Chiefs fan found a way to hate Black people and the Native Americans at the same time,” Phillips wrote.
The boy’s apparent grandfather, Raul Armenta, is a business committee member at the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. According to a short bio of the man, he spent much of his childhood visiting “relatives” who lived on the Native American reservation.
Multiple commentators have encouraged the family to follow Sandmann’s lead. The Federalistexplains, “The family of the young Kansas City Chiefs fan at the center of Phillips’ smear should follow Sandmann’s lead and sue entities like Deadspin and Phillips into oblivion for furthering these incredulous lies.
Passivity is not going to cut it with a rabid, leftist press that is intent on rewriting truth and destroying unifying aspects of American culture. Deadspin must be held to account for this latest sham, and if that means taking them to court over every penny they’re worth, then so be it.”
Maybe that is the only way these kind of hoaxes will end. That’s what killed Deadspin’s parent company.