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What does the high school student suing CNN for $250m actually hope to achieve?

Young Nick Sandmann is reportedly to sue CNN for a whacking $250m over its coverage of his encounter with an indigenous American man. Rather than drawing a line under the affair, it is likely to further polarise opinion.

The incident which has led us here happened in January. Sandmann and his schoolmates from Covington Catholic High School were in Washington for a pro-life march, "Make America Great Again" hats proudly atop their heads. By coincidence, the Indigenous People’s March was taking place at the same time and at some stage Sandmann came face to face with a Native American, Nathan Philips – the two seemingly at diametrically opposed ends of America’s social and cultural spectrum.

Initial reports set out a familiar (if simplistic, and ultimately flawed) narrative. Philips – older, non-white, socially oppressed – surrounded, then taunted by young, white, Trump-supporting conservatives. It was such an easy fit into an established left vs right narrative that it seemed a gift.

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