Browe@covcath.org- An Open Letter to the Principal of Covington Catholic

Sir,

You should be ashamed of what your students represent.  The do not represent Catholic moral teaching.  They do not represent Christ.  They do not represent goodness.

Instead they represent the worst of racist impulses.  And that will now, sadly, be your legacy.

Dissapointedly,

Jim West, ThD

22 thoughts on “Browe@covcath.org- An Open Letter to the Principal of Covington Catholic

  1. I am a lifelong catholic and incidents like this only add more bad press to an already struggling religion.Times like this make me ashamed of my religion.

    Like

    • i don’t think catholics are bad because a few kids are horrible human beings. these kids are awful on their own.

      Like

  2. Dispicable, Unacceptable, Very Disrespectful-, I am Interested in Having These Student’s Involved Spending 40hrs, One Week With Respected Tribal American Elder’s, Then Do a Open Letter of Apology to ALL AMERICAN NATIVES!..Pls Consider-, This Is a Teachable Moment!, Ann Colegate (Blackfoot Tribe)

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Trump’s Hitler Youth in training. The Catholic training can do better than this. Even in Kentucky–Trump’s base supporters. These young men are at the age to where they can learn and change their thoughts on things that they clearly do not understand now. As a result of their actions, the disciplinary actions should involve that they be required to learn the true history of our country in relation to Native Americans and write a paper on the treatment, suffering and culture of Native Americans. Also, they should be required to attend a history class on the very dark history of the deep hatred in America toward Catholics, which did not begin to dwindle until the election of John F. Kennedy-the first Catholic president of the United States. A whole semester should be dedicated to this project immediately and to have to attend summer school for their other studies missed during that semester. And this requirement should not be negotiable.

    Laurin Stroud, MSW, LCSW-A, NCCP

    Like

  4. I’m embarrassed to call myself a Roman Catholic today since the teachings of our institute failed to make them a decent human. Were they allowed to wear those MAGA hats on school grounds? You know what kind of people the President attracts and represents, he looks down on women and minorities and he encourages such behaviors. Your students are wearing the mark of the Beast on their foreheads.

    Like

  5. Sir, make this insensitive, disrespectful, painful moment displayed by your students become a teachable moment not only for your students but their parents.This arrogance is coming from somewhere. I hoped the old Catholic dogma “we are the best, the one and only true religion” taught when I was a kid, might have made a shift to kindness, acceptance and understanding of other’s beliefs,over the years. This incident reminds me some religious institutions refuse to change.

    Like

  6. Sir, I know this is not what is taught at your facility. Instances like this is when everyone has to be held accountable for their actions. Your students not only disrespected Mr. Phillips, but they disrespected all Native Americans and Veterans. I am a Native American and 100% Service Connected Disabled Veteran. I am in agreement with one writer who asked to send the student to spend 40 hours with one tribe to see what its like, but I would like to add that maybe your school teach a class on one word…”RESPECT” because none of them showed it on that day. Respect is not given it is earned.

    Like

  7. I believe Mr. Phillips has earned it not only for being a Native American but for being a Veteran from the Vietnam War.

    Liked by 1 person

    • TO INCLUDE he is an elderly adult these boys should naturally/automatically have respected! PERIOD!

      Like

  8. I’m not sure if his behavior is being taught at home or school but, it makes me sick at my stomachs. Please reprimand this child before the devil owns his soul.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. I am heartbroken that some young racist would dare taunt an honorable person drumming for peace, with such meanness. What kind of people are you, that you would allow racism to sully your youth. What a horrible shame upon your school. I pray that they can be taught kindness, compassion and love. This reeks of Hitler’s training.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Truly disgusted by what we just saw. My family and I had a long discussion about this situation and we strongly agree that these students should be suspended for a week and the teachers “supervising” should be suspended without pay for a week as well. There is no excuse for what was allowed by the parents and teachers who should be leading by example.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. AGREED! But EXPELLED! A FIRMER message NEEDS to be sent and the Standard of behavior ABSOLUTELY enforced! A misfortune to be the ‘example’, BUT, that IS HIS misfortune he and the other kid who’d commented about ‘too bad you lost your land’!!! EXPELLED!

    Like

  12. To the several persons sending comments and linking to right wing ‘news’ sites like the racist daily caller, and to various clearly edited for the right youtube videos: your propaganda won’t be accepted. I’m not spreading right wing disinformation, even in comments.

    Like

  13. After the longer version of the video showing the Natives as the ones who taunted the students and the shouts of “White people go back to Europe!” “…white crackers…” and others I believe everyone who maligned the Catholic kids just for STANDING THERE should apologize to them. I am not surprised that, because of the association with trump, some were so quick in attacking the kids without even thinking that other videos may have existed that proves another story. Per reports many are now cowardly deleting their tweets in shame rather than presenting an apology.

    Like

    • i have yet to see any video which doesn’t show the kids openly mocking and deriding the native americans. from their hopping up and down to their faux ‘chats’ it all aims to deride. none of the statements made put that fact to rest. and the young men involved clearly – operating with a mob mentality – are happy to insult the people in front of them. whether encouraged to do so by rabble rousers or not, they didn’t have to act so poorly.

      Like

    • furthermore, the fact the the boys mother said that he was provoked to do what he did clearly implies that he did in fact act derisively. deriding others, mocking them, and insulting them, with or without a trumpian motive, is wrong. evil. inappropriate.

      Like

  14. Jim, the boys, especially the one who is maligned the most, is just standing there with a smirk. I can expect a high school boy wearing that “hat” provokingly, then, handle poorly an easy situation of which to escape, but adults, smart people in the press crucifying him for just standing there is not expected. The press needs to hate trump freely, but not his “followers.”
    The video that starts before the face-to-face confrontation, all over the internet now, including the New York Times (semi-apologetically) shows the Natives approaching them, that is, *starting* the confrontation, and you can hear in the tape the calls for “white people to go back to Europe” and all the other racists epithets. YES, his smirk was derisive, I grant you, but any reaction from him, from simply turning his back and dispersing, to showing anger, contempt and even violence would have been received by the media the same way because for that single moment he became Donald Trump!

    Like

  15. This school should be ashamed. By the actions of their students. They call themselves catholics. There is no place for hate or ignorance. Now they wanna play the victim in all of this. Smdh

    Like

Comments are closed.