A video depicting a group of Catholic school students in Make America Great Again hats taunting Native American elder Nathan Phillips went viral on social media this weekend and now, Phillips has come forward to describe the events leading up to the incident.
Phillips, a 64-year-old Marine, veteran of the Vietnam War, and longtime Native American activist from Michigan, was in Washington, D.C. on Friday afternoon for the Indigenous Peoples March. Phillips told the Detroit Free Press that the viral incident was sparked when a crowd of roughly 100 people, including the teenagers seen in the video, gradually splintered off from a March for Life event to confront a nearby group of Black Hebrew Israelites.
As the teenagers began to attack the Black Israelites and Phillips noted that the Black Israelites also began to say some harsh things in retaliation and self-defense Phillips made a spur of the moment decision to intervene and prevent the situation from escalating further. He physically placed himself between both groups, and the anger from the students, a group of mostly white, male teenagers, was then directed at him.
"There was that moment when I realized I've put myself between beast and prey," Phillips told the Free Press. "These young men were beastly and these old black individuals was their prey, and I stood in between them and so they needed their pounds of flesh and they were looking at me for that."
The students, who attend Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky, began jeering at Phillips as he took his drum and began singing. In the video, the teens can be heard chanting Build the wall and yelling derogatory language and slurs. One boy walked up to Phillips and stood inches away from his face, smiling and unmoving.
Phillips said the kind of glee in the teenagers face was ugly and reminiscent of photographed reactions to lynchings from the mid-20th century. He described their behavior as a reaction to learning theres more truth out there than what theyre being taught in their schools and they took issue with people who are not like them.
One thing that I was taught in my Marine Corp training is that a scared man will kill you, he said. And that's what these boys were. They were scared."
Phillips said that the students chaperones, teachers, and instructors should be held accountable for allowing the incident to happen. Speaking to the broader political climate, Phillips also said the incident was symptomatic of larger sociopolitical fissures in the United States, and he explicitly noted that President Donald Trumps racist and xenophobic rhetoric has only divided the country further.
Covington Catholic High School has since issued an apology to Phillips and condemned the students actions. In a statement, the school said that the matter is under investigation and appropriate action will be taken, including expulsion if necessary.
Can you link it Soda? The video Im linking here shows the Israelites harassing women and the Native Americans. You must have misread a biased blog.
And LLP, I dont think we should take the old guy at his word. Video has already proven that the kids did not chant what the old guy claimed.
Video shows the Black Israelites, whom I have never heard of before, were initially taunting the Native Americans about why God took away their land was a result of them worshipping buffalos. He tells them that Indian means savage. When the white kids show up, the Israelites try to turn the Native Americans against the white kids. You can then hear and see one of the Israelites say to the camera that the problem is women coming up with their loud mouth. They say the problem is women not used to dealing with real men. So they are racist and mysogenistic.
They then taunted the white school children by calling them dirty crackers, threatened them with violence, and called one of the African American kids the n-word.
You can see him taunt the Native Americans again for worshipping totem poles and the wind. He taunts them as a bunch of Uncle Tomahawks. They again try to turn the Native Americans against the white schoolchildren.
Then another round of bigoted insults against homesexuals. They then link that to Catholics and scream at the kids about school shootings. That causes the kids to leave.
As a skateboarder passes, the instigators openly threaten him with violence.
More of the kids are then attracted to the spectacle. For some reasons the kids respond with what appears to be a school chant and then a song - I think its Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes. Then anothe school chant as the now famous old Native American then approaches the children with his drum.
The only hate and disrespect shown is from the black Israelites. If they are not preaching hate and taunting children , there is no incident.
LOL hope you're not holding your breath for that link. At least we now know Soda's threshold for tolerating stolen valor. Apparently, it's a snaggletooth, lying Indian who never served in Vietnam as a "recon ranger" as the liberal media so gleefully accepted without verification. But hey, some white kids in MAGA hats got roasted, so it's OK.