On Saturday, disturbing videos emerged on the web of a group of white teenagers, most sporting MAGA hats, mocking and intimidating a Native American elder (who is also a Vietnam Vet) near the Lincoln Memorial.
The teens, apparently high school students from Covington Catholic High School of Park Hills, KY, had been bused by their school to participate in a Right To Life march in Washington. They then encountered Nathan Phillips, who is described by Indian Country Today as “an Omaha elder who is also a Vietnam Veteran and former director of the Native Youth Alliance. He is also a keeper of a sacred pipe and holds an annual ceremony honoring Native American veterans in the Arlington National Cemetery.”
Phillips was in Washington to participate in the Indigenous Peoples March on Friday. He was singing and beating a traditional drum when the boys surrounded him and began insulting and harassing him. Bystanders videoed the interaction and Slate magazine notes that, “In a particularly galling moment of the video, a boy stands right in front of Phillips with a smug grin plastered on his face while others behind him clap and jeer as they cheer him on.”
You can see the video below
It appears that the boys also blocked Phillips’ path so that he couldn’t leave the area. The incident finally came to an end when Phillips managed to make his way away from the scene.
As yet, the boys have not been publicly named. However, Covington Catholic High School has made a public apology and promised that the students will be disciplined.
However, you can help make certain that Covington Catholic does the right thing by communicating your outrage via the following channels:
Covington Catholic High School
Principal Robert Rowe
Phone: 859 491 2247
Diocese of Covington
Phone: 859 392 1500
Diocesan Board of Catholic Education Superintendent
Phone 859 392 1500