Teenagers wearing M.A.G.A hats reportedly mocked Native American man
A large group of teenagers has been caught on camera mocking Native Americans outside the Lincoln Memorial.
The incident took place on Friday, January 17, 2019, during the Indigenous Peoples March, in Washington, which coincided with the March for Life.
The controversial moment was caught on camera and was uploaded to the internet, causing several people to condemn the teenagers' demeanor.
Let’s stand with this man Native American man harassed by teens speaks out— abi mohammed (@abialone) January 20, 2019
Nathan Phillips, a Native American elder with the Omaha tribe, shares how he felt after he was mocked by a crowd of teenagers wearing "Make America Great Again" hats pic.twitter.com/LwHXQCMrdq
The teenagers started chanting slogans such as "Make America great"
The group, which is believed to be from Covington Catholic High School, located in Park Hills, was composed of several youngsters sporting 'Make America Great Again' hats.
Nathan Phillips, a 64-year-old Native American man, was spotted singing and playing the drum while the crowd of youngsters around him laughed and jeered.
NO RESPECT WHATSOEVER
One of the students was filmed standing extremely close to the elder with a disrespectful posture and a scornful expression on his face.
It has been reported that Phillips is a Vietnam veteran who holds an annual ceremony honoring Native American veterans at Arlington National Cemetery.
According to Marcus Frejo, a member of the Pawnee and Seminole tribes, the teenagers started chanting slogans such as "Make America great" and doing the haka, the famous Maori dance.
Frejo claimed to have joined Phillips hoping to defuse the situation because he was afraid the youngsters would turn violent as they chanted "build that wall."
This is appalling. The ignorance. The gall. The disrespect. It’s shameful. And sadly on brand. When something like this isnt even surprising, it’s evidence to our place in the cycle of recreating our darker chapters. That Native American man showed incredible strength and dignity https://t.co/Im4KLw3sV7— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) January 19, 2019
SEVERE CONSEQUENCES FOR THOSE INVOLVED
Following the controversial video, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School issued a statement condemning the students' actions.
The institution guaranteed that the matter is being investigated and that proper action will be taken, which may include expulsion. But this wasn't the only case of racism towards Native Americans in the past month.
ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF RACISM TOWARDS NATIVE AMERICANS
Mary Eastin, a former teacher at Cibola High School, in Albuquerque, was fired after calling a Native American student a "bloody Indian" and cutting a braid off another student's hair.
Initially, Eastin was placed on paid leave but after a careful investigation, her contract was terminated. Parents and students were also notified that the teacher would not be returning to the school, which made everyone feel at ease.