By now there’s a very good chance you’ve already heard something intense, partisan, and angry about the protests that happened near the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Martin Luther King Day. But on the off chance you’ve somehow missed the commotion, here’s a brief rundown. Social media platforms went crazy over viral videos showing encounters between a Native American elder and a group of boys from Covington Catholic High School, who were in Washington as part of a pro-life march. Were the boys the villains of the story, taunting the Omaha tribal leader with racially motivated abuse? Or were they victims of a media conspiracy designed to manufacture a conflict where none existed? Everybody, it seems, had an opinion, one worth shouting about at the top of their lungs. The fervor has yet to die down; the last time I looked, the White House was wading into the fray.
There is one and only one major takeaway I’ve picked up from all of this drama. Figure out what happened before you start drawing conclusions and making accusations.