Boys in 'MAGA' hats mock Indigenous man after D.C. rally

Cheryl Sanders
January 20, 2019

Students from a northern Kentucky high school are accused of harassing indigenous people near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Friday. "This behavior is opposed to the Church's teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person", the statement said.

In a joint statement to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School apologised to Phillips.

A viral video of a group of Kentucky teens in "Make America Great Again" hats taunting a Native American veteran on Friday has heaped fuel on a long-running, intense argument among abortion opponents as to whether the close affiliation of many antiabortion leaders with President Trump since he took office has led to moral decay that harms the movement. This hile a larger group of students, some wearing clothing that appears to bear the insignia of Covington Catholic High School, surrounds the man jeering and chanting.

U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico sharply criticized what she called a display of "blatant hate".

A co-founder of the Native Youth Alliance cultural and education group, he shows up to Arlington National Cemetery every Veteran's Day with a peace pipe to pay tribute to Native Americans who served in the US military.


"This one kid just refused to move and he just got in Nathan's face", she said.

Mr. Trump campaigned on building a wall at the Mexican border as a means of stopping immigrants from entering the US illegally.

Phillips was reportedly the victim of a separate incident of student harassment in 2015, when Eastern Michigan University students dressed as Native Americans allegedly threw a beer can at him and shouted racial slurs.

Since these videos have gone online, the social media pages for Covington Catholic, and some Covington Catholic faculty members, have been set to private.

"When I was there singing, I heard them saying 'Build that wall, build that wall,"' Phillips said, as he wiped away tears in a video posted on Instagram. The Indigenous Peoples March is neither a partisan nor explicitly anti-Trump event.


The elder is Nathan Phillips, an Omaha elder who is also a Vietnam Veteran and former director of the Native Youth Alliance.

Phillips says the students penned him in before they dispersed. "I wish I could see that energy-put that energy to making this country really, really great".

"That energy could be turned into feeding the people, cleaning up our communities and figuring out what else we can do", Phillips said.

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"I was pushed and laughed at by teenage boys who grew up to believe that their lives are more important than ours", she said.


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