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By Joel Pollack
Supporters of Covington Catholic High School — the Covington, Kentucky, institution at the center of a fake news story falsely suggesting that students from the school had harassed a Native American at the March for Life in Washington, D.C., last Friday — are pushing back against a claim that students from the school have worn blackface in the past.
Two sources at Covington told Breitbart News that the students were not wearing "blackface" but had been participating in "blackout" sporting events several years ago, like other color-themed events for school spirit that had nothing to do with race.
The UK Daily Mail reported Monday evening that the school has been "called out for allowing other youngsters to wear 'blackface' at pep rallies in the last 10 years." It reprinted screenshots of YouTube videos — since deleted — in which students from Covington Catholic students painted their faces and bodies in black at a basketball game.
The Daily Mail claimed that in one photograph, ostensibly from 2015, "students wore blackface and jeered as an African American player from the school’s opponent stood in front of them." At no point in the story did the Daily Mail consider the question of whether the paint actually referred to race, or was a demonstration of school spirit.
The Daily Mail acknowledged that the school held an event called "blackout," but claimed that at a similar "blueout" event, "there were no photographs of anyone with their bodies painted blue at the 'blue out' event."
Lmaoooo. I was at this game SEVEN YEARS AGO. SEVEN! I’m shown in the background of this image. ITS CALLED A BLACKOUT THEME. WE HAD SCHOOL SPIRIT. WE DO THIS TO EVERY SCHOOL NO MATTER THE RACE OR ETHNICITY. Stop trying to force a fake story to drive your false narrative. https://t.co/9CRZZFxpeW— Ryan Toler (@ryantoler_) January 22, 2019
Similarly, the left-leaning New York Daily News published an article Monday about the “blackface” claim. The article began, however, not by reporting the "news" about the "blackface" claim, but by taunting Covington Catholic High School junior Nick Sandmann, who had issued a statement Sunday defending the students’ actions and denying that they had said or done anything racist.
Read the rest at Breitbart.