As the nation comes to grips with the ugly racism displayed in the harassment of a Native American veteran by the “March For Life” forced birth-supporting kids from Covington Catholic High, their Kentucky community is undergoing a similar soul-searching as they ask themselves how the appalling incident reflects on themselves.
The mayor of Covington, Joe Meyer, penned an op-ed in which he condemned the behavior of the area’s kids and proclaimed that the hatred they displayed was not representative of his town or its people:
“Videos of the confrontation are disturbing, discouraging, and – frankly – appalling. And they are rightfully inspiring a tidal wave of condemnation, even on the City of Covington’s own social sites, leaving the impression that these are the values of the City of Covington.
The point is that because of the actions of people who live in Northern Kentucky, our region is being challenged again to examine our core identities, values, and beliefs. Regardless of what exact town we live in, we need to ask ourselves whether behavior like this DOES represent who we are and strive to be?
Is this what our schools teach? Are these the beliefs that we as parents model and condone?
Is this the way we want the rest of the nation and the world to see us?
In answer, let me – as Covington’s mayor – be absolutely clear: No. The videos being shared across the nation do NOT represent the core beliefs and values of this City.No, we’re not perfect. More progress needs to be made, and we will continue to work diligently on making it.In the meantime, Covington is proud of being a welcoming City where bigotry, discrimination, and hatred will not be tolerated.”
He pointed to his city’s Human Rights Ordinance that protects all people no matter their race, gender identity, or sexual identity, — rare for Kentucky — his participation in their local Pride Parade, and the diversity in his city’s staff as evidence of his city’s commitment to inclusion and to fighting racism.
It should be noted that Covington Catholic High School is not located within Covington city limits, but many of its students likely live in the city — and if the outpouring of horror stories from ex-Covington students is anything to judge by, the blame lies at every level of these kids’ development, starting with the parents and continuing up to the school.
Kudos to Mayor Meyer for taking a stand and making it clear that his city does not endorse these kids’ terrible actions.