Native American veteran Nathan Phillips speaks out after being harassed by MAGA hat wearing teens
Viral video footage portrays a group of white teenage boys wearing “Make America Great Again” hats harassing a Native American elder while at the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, DC. Nathan Phillips, 64, the man central in the video, is a Vietnman War veteran, an Omaha elder, and a widower.
The MAGA-hats-wearing teens, hailing from a Catholic high school in Kentucky, were apparently in D.C. on a high school field trip. For the Women’s March? For the Indigenous People’s march? No and no. For the March for Life, an anti-abortion demonstration, as reported by the New York Times.
They decided to harass Phillips while they were at it. Mocking, sneering, crowding… Oh, and chanting “Build that wall, build that wall,” which has a special kind of belligerent ignorance when sung at indigenous populations.xJanuary 19, 2019
As seen in the viral video, a mob essentially formed around Phillips. Snearing faces get way too close to him as he plays a ceremonial drum. In spite of the snickering teens surrounding him, Phillips continued to sing the American Indian Movement song, which is intended to send spirits home.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Phillips stated, “It was getting ugly, and I was thinking: ‘I’ve got to find myself an exit out of this situation and finish my song at the Lincoln Memorial...I started going that way, and that guy in the hat stood in my way and we were at an impasse. He just blocked my way and wouldn’t allow me to retreat.”