A group of high schoolers ridiculed and harassed a Vietnam veteran who regularly performs spiritual ceremonies for fallen soldiers, for no other reason than they have been watching the president. The little MAGAts surrounded the elderly man as he beat his drum in D.C. Friday afternoon during the Indigenous Peoples March.
The veteran was bothering no one when a bunch of teen boys wearing “Make America Great Again” hats decided to get in his face. The boys mocked the peaceful native as he continued to beat his drum, ignoring the disrespectful children running around the capitol with no supervision.
Check out one of the videos below shared by activist Shaun King:
From another angle. This video was filmed yesterday.
But, to be clear, it also happened just like this in every era and every generation in modern American history. pic.twitter.com/qmWq2CkTkx
— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 19, 2019
People are furious after the internet caught wind of the incident, propelling it to viral stardom, and outing these little bigots instantly. Now, the archdiocese of the Catholic school the boys attend has spoken out against the actions of the teens, even saying that they are facing expulsion:
“We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general, Jan. 18, after the March for Life, in Washington, D.C.. We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips. This behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.”
That veteran, Nathan Phillips said this to WaPo:
“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.”
“That energy could be turned into feeding the people, cleaning up our communities and figuring out what else we can do. We need the young people to be doing that instead of saying: ‘These guys are our enemies.’ ”
People responding to Shaun King’s tweet were absolutely livid. Check out the best responses below: