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Catholic Students in MAGA Hats Surround, Harass Native American Veteran
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=47104"><span class="small">Gabrielle Bruney, Esquire</span></a>   
Sunday, 20 January 2019 09:44

Bruney writes: "Viral footage of teenagers mobbing a Native American man and his companions at Friday's Indigenous Peoples March is sparking outrage. In the video, the man—identified by Indian Country Today as Omaha elder Nathan Phillips—is seen singing and drumming with fellow marchers while encircled by chanting teens, many of whom are wearing President Trump's Make America Great Again apparel."

Teenagers in MAGA hats mobbing a Native American man and his companions at Friday's Indigenous Peoples March. (photo: YouTube)
Teenagers in MAGA hats mobbing a Native American man and his companions at Friday's Indigenous Peoples March. (photo: YouTube)

Catholic Students in MAGA Hats Surround, Harass Native American Veteran

By Gabrielle Bruney, Esquire

20 January 19

Footage of the mob encircling Indigenous Peoples March attendees has gone viral.

iral footage of teenagers mobbing a Native American man and his companions at Friday's Indigenous Peoples March is sparking outrage. In the video, the man—identified by Indian Country Today as Omaha elder Nathan Phillips—is seen singing and drumming with fellow marchers while encircled by chanting teens, many of whom are wearing President Trump's Make America Great Again apparel. One youth pointedly stands directly in front of Phillips, smirking.

The teens are thought to be students of Kentucky's Covington Catholic High School, which dispatched students to Washington D.C. for the anti-abortion March for Life, which was also held Friday. A representative for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the diocese is "just now learning about this incident and [regrets] it took place," and that they are "looking into it."

Phillips is a veteran of the Vietnam War, and he organizes an annual ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in honor of his fellow Native vets. "I heard them saying, 'build that wall, build that wall,'" Phillips was filmed saying in another video, presumably taken after the crowd around him dispersed. "You know, this is indigenous land," he said, wiping away tears.

We’re not supposed to have walls here—we never did. For millennium. Before anybody else came here, we never had wells. We never had a prison. We always took care of our elders, we took care of our children. We always provided for them, we taught them right from wrong. I wish I could see that energy of the young men to, you know, to put that energy into making this country really great.

This isn't the first display of school-age racism to go viral in recent months. In November, a photo of boys from Wisconsin’s Baraboo High School making Nazi salutes spread around the internet. Both incidents are part of a trend that’s been dubbed "the Trump effect"—anecdotal reports of racism and hate-based bullying students and educators have reported in the wake of Donald Trump’s political rise. In 2016, middle schoolers in Michigan filled their cafeteria with chants of "build the wall," while high schoolers in Pennsylvania were filmed yelling "white power" while holding a Trump sign aloft. During that year’s election, one educator told the The Nation that his district had seen "more racial incidents in the last 12 months than there have been in years."

Representative Deb Haaland, one of the country's first Native American Congresswomen, responded to the incident via Twitter. "This Veteran put his life on the line for our country," she wrote. "The students’ display of blatant hate, disrespect, and intolerance is a signal of how common decency has decayed under this administration. Heartbreaking."

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+27 # wilhelmscream 2019-01-20 10:11
Thanks Trump 4 corrupting America’s youth; Trump effect in full swing!
+38 # PhilO 2019-01-20 10:40

It seems that this Catholic HS needs to do a better job teaching the word of Christ.

I don't think this.
+8 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-01-20 13:08
Philo -- or just teaching at all. I thought good high schools would have incorporated Native American history into their curricula by now. These kids just seem very poorly educated. But that is not surprising.

I'm glad the video went viral. It may teach them a lesson.
-4 # Depressionborn 2019-01-24 22:46
Quoting PhilO:

It seems that this Catholic HS needs to do a better job teaching the word of Christ.

I don't think this.

False story, no harassment, just more media lie. Parents are now hiring lawyers. Hope they sue you rsn no nothings-serve you right.
+30 # ddd-rrr 2019-01-20 10:58
Deb Haaland's comment about this disgusting occurrence has it right!
I hope that at some point in their lives, these "students"
understand, and regret, what they have done.
+25 # opinionaire 2019-01-20 11:11
Gee, more "very fine" people, I guess. /s
+19 # chrisconno 2019-01-20 11:27
What also seems to be decaying along with conscience is education. Pol Pot was infamous for decrying the benefits of education and fact. Trump and the republicans are turning our culture into a cesspool of idiocy and hatred. Does not bode well for any of us.
-2 # Depressionborn 2019-01-30 22:25
when emotion hits the brick wall of logic, many turn to insults.
+22 # Wise woman 2019-01-20 11:30
It seems to me that our schools are still doing a very poor job when it comes to teaching kids exactly who are the only TRUE Americans and it certainly isn't them. They are all immigrants no matter how far removed and should be deported back to where they came from except I dont think their countries would want them. It also occurs to me that Christian churches throughout the land aren't teaching their youth about Jesus and his behavior never mind their so-called Christian parents. The raging stupidity of these kids is beyond belief and their behavior digusting. Go home jerks and try to become better and smarter citizens.
+26 # suzyskier 2019-01-20 11:32
What kind of so called Catholic School is this? A throw back to the Inquisition? Don’t Catholics have enough troubles with priests and little boy scandals without this kind of disgusting behavior from their students? What are they teaching there and what are they learning at home? This era of Trump has thrown us back at least 65 years! He is an abomination! And these kids make me ashamed to be an American. Little Nazis. You bet I’m angry, that wonderful man is owed a profound apology with compassion behind it!
+30 # WorkingClass 2019-01-20 11:37
Actions like the ones spelled out in this article harken back to the late 1920's - early 1930's Germany. The Nazi's, before they could take power had to promote hatred and division to build a base. They tapped into the fear of those who felt the system was leaving them behind. They scapegoated the "other". They could not have come to power without the support of a portion, be it a minority in the early stages, of the population. These students are only a reflection of the ugly picture that is being painted on the canvas of our evolving history. Trump has green-lighted hate, division and the fear of "others", exactly the attributes that created Nazi power. Electronic media and the likes of FOX/Limbaugh/An n Coulter and so many others have given this process the ability of spreading at speeds not imagined two generations ago.
+18 # dotlady 2019-01-20 11:42
These white boys are not educated to learn about or respect other's lives or views. They simper in their own butter of hate and ignorance. With Trump and his supporters it seems the US has become a big "border town" with all the worst aspects of humanity that implies. Omaha Native elder Phillips nails it.
+23 # fosterfell6 2019-01-20 11:42
That midwest smirk, seemingly perfected by Paul Ryan, emerges once more. What is it with these Catholic prep schools? Not a good track record: Brett Kavanaugh, for example.
+13 # Street Level 2019-01-20 13:28
Nathan Phillips shows his his true spirit and strength as he continues this commemoration of honor and remembrance. This is mocking this young racist right back in his face and he's too stupid and self absorbed to know it.
+15 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-01-20 14:20
This is what America looks like when you "Make America Great Again".
+10 # Doggone 2019-01-20 17:13
What a deplorable show of disgraceful behavior! You'd think in a religious school that compassion and caring would be a standard to be upheld and displayed as good morals. Not so here!

Anyone else find it slightly sickening that after all the damage the Catholic church has done to the Native Americans in the US, ie cultural genocide masked as "education". These Catholic boys don't even know what a putrid history they come from. No wonder they are such bad examples of humanity. Just more of the same old white, male privilege on display.
+2 # tomwalker8 2019-01-20 18:41
A couple of observations: first, I'm betting those MAGA hat wearers have never lifted a finger to substantively KEEP America Great. Quite the opposite, in fact, which is what they're demonstrating here.

Second, and with apologies to anyone this offends, my experience with self-proclaimed practitioners of any organized religion do not, as a practical matter, exhibit behavior that suggests they actually believe the tenets of their so-called faith. Certainly, these "Catholics" are solid corroborating evidence of that impression.
0 # tomwalker8 2019-01-20 19:08
Two observations: these MAGA hat wearing "Catholics" have never lifted a finger to KEEP America great.

In my experience, self-proclaimed practitioners of any organized religion seldom reflect in their actual behavior a serious belief in the tenets of their "faith." These "Catholics" are a prime example.
+4 # Tellin_da_truth 2019-01-21 00:27
All you fools believe this lie! The Catholic boys were hassled by Black Hebre Natioals for hours when this old native American wandered thru and falsely assumed the kids were bothering the black men. Check the videos. The whole lot of you are so stupid to fall for this fake news because you think you know everything. You have been fooled again.
+6 # kyzipster 2019-01-21 13:25
It's quite amazing if you watch the full 2 hour video. The anti-Trump, African American Israelites are confronting Native Americans, calling them 'savages', mocking their religion, going off on sexist and homophobic rants. They're about as crazy as Westboro Baptist. Almost completely ignored by the media. Phillips, the Native American guy, walks into the middle of it to calm things but the media is painting the MAGA hat teenagers as Hitler Youth. It's really messed up. The Trump teenagers are basically well behaved. Our Attorney General in KY has issued a statement condemning the teenagers. I couldn't be more anti-Trump but there's something very wrong with this picture.
+4 # Nick Reynolds 2019-01-23 17:16
Right you are. But this crowd is as dangerous as any bunch of Nazi's. They don't care about truth. Closed minded as can be.
0 # Nick Reynolds 2019-01-23 17:14
Right you are. Liberals, pull your head out of your ass!
0 # DongiC 2019-01-21 03:30
Perhaps, this young racist in the red hat was taught by some pedophilic priest somewhere. His assumed arrogance reminds me of what Christ once said about hypocrites : by their fruits you will know them. And, he seems to wear that hat so proudly!
+1 # dotlady 2019-01-21 11:31
After seeing further footage of and description of the circumstances of this contentious rally, where a Native singer pushed between two jeering factions in order, as he says, to prevent clashes, I reread the responses among the mostly white boys in the video. I think as the song went on, some of them got into the rhythm of the drum and were trying to sing along. Others were just plain silly. The smirker was a nasty pest, but did no actual harm nor seemed to say anything. I think the ignorance about Native ways and history among Americans is the key point to pick on here, rather than this particular lot of so-called Catholic boys showing this general ignorance and lack of respect.
+2 # kyzipster 2019-01-21 18:10
That was my take on it, they seemed to be enjoying Phillips' drumming and singing.

Another key point imo, is that perhaps liberally minded people need to question if that hat is really the equivalent of a Nazi symbol. I think that's all they're guilty of, showing up with MAGA hats on. The liberal media has played a big role in making it out to be that, but right-wing extremist groups have helped a lot. I don't really know, my mind can go there pretty quickly.

Right after Trump was elected, a young white guy walked into my gym with a MAGA shirt on. My gym is inner city, solid liberal district and very racially diverse. I felt it in my body for a moment, I tensed up, like it was a threat. Right after the election, I think many of us were in a bit of shock, processing it all. Since then, I've chilled quite a bit.

These are teenagers though, if I can get out of my own biases about 'the other', I would say we simply don't know if they hate POC, Native Americans and all the rest. I doubt it really. I'm sure they have a head full of 'build the wall!' Fox propaganda but is that really 'hate?' Maybe it is but I think we could give underage kids a break for adopting their parents' politics. The media wants blood, people want to destroy them.
0 # Macserp 2019-01-22 22:00
On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial no less.
Shame on us all for allowing our country to degrade to this level.
We deserve the mess we're in.
-1 # Nick Reynolds 2019-01-23 17:07
You bigots are totally wrong on this. Wow! This shows how idiotic the left/liberal/pr ogressives have become. You're duped, all of you. Watch the full video. And that elder is not a Vietnam veteran, which is not an honor anyway. This video doesn't show what started everything and what this faker did. And yet, it's fine to castigate the Catholic kids. You folks are heading for brainwashed.
+1 # SusanT136 2019-01-25 07:20
Aren’t religious tax exempt schools not supposed to “lobby”? Since when is it ok for a tax exempt school to send kids on a political mission? I would love to see a case brought about this by the ACLU.
0 # RICHARDKANE.Philadelphia 2019-01-29 16:06
This story was a 1st impression, that other videos came out corrected.

Unfortunately my computer was down, and not able to correct.

Nathan Phillips was acting as a peacemaker purposely going between a group of Catholic Students and a group that traditionally harassing both sides during demonstrations called Hebrew Israelites, they were screaming at each other louder and louder. Now right wingers are falsely claiming that Nat Phillips falsely stated he fought in Vietnam. I hope he continues to successfully be a peacemaker. This reminds me over the argument of flying jets fighters during a Martin Luther King celebration.

Con artist Trump is a disaster for every cause he claims to champion. Before Trump came to power Planned Parenthood was lamenting that young women to today don’t appreciate the changes that the women's movement accomplished, as more and more young women claimed to be pro-life. Trump the worst possible spokesperson for being pro-life changed this.

National Right and the less shill groups worked hard to create an image of being compassionate to the mother and child until Trump claimed that sometimes a woman must be punished.

If Roe v. Wade is overruled it would mean women in South Carolina and in a few other areas would have to travel out of state, but the disaster to Worker’s Rights and Civil Liberties Trump is making is overwhelming.
0 # MikeAF48 2019-02-01 09:05
Forgive him father for he knows not what he's doing.
+3 # lsd 2019-02-03 17:32
How about this: Have an open mind; get past your proclivity toward ideology and approach life/news with skepticism.