January 19th, 2019 Last Updated on: January 6th, 2020
A video from Washington DC has gone viral today. In just a few hours the video already has over 1 million views on Youtube. Also included below is a video showing the entire incident, almost 2 hours unedited.
The video was recorded during the Indigenous People's March on January 18, 2019 by KC Noland.
The Omaha elder, Nathan Phillips, was singing the AIM song when a group of young men began taunting him. The group of students are from Covington Catholic High School.
The group is noticeably wearing “Make American Great Again” hats.
In this video, you can hear one of the students talking about the “way of the world”.
New video has been shared showing the entire incident, over 1 hour and 45 minutes of footage.
The video shows that a group of black men became engaged with the students. The two groups continue to exchange words. The tone of the scene escalated quickly. Watch the video at [1:11:24]. You can see Nathan Phillips enter between the two groups. He tried to intercede and de-escalate the situation.
In an interview with Detroit Free Press, Mr. Phillips says he tried to put himself the two groups.
In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Phillips said the incident started as the students from Covington Catholic were observing a group of Black Israelites talk, and started to get upset at their speeches.
Phillips said some of the members of the Black Hebrew group were also acting up, “saying some harsh things” and that one member spit in the direction of the Catholic students.
“So I put myself in between that, between a rock and hard place,” Phillips said. – Cincinnati.com
Many people on social media have accused Mr. Phillips of trying to cause a confrontation with the school group. This longer video shows, that he did try to interact with them, but not to cause a confrontation. His intentions were to try and keep peace between these groups.
Read the statement from Nick Sandman, the student at the center of the video.
You can contact the school:
High School Principal
Robert Rowe [email protected]
Fax (859) 448-2242
Diocese of Covington
1125 Madison Ave.
Covington, KY 41011-3115
Diocesan Board of Catholic Education Superintendent
You can watch more of Nathan Phillips:
What do you think?
Are groups like this emboldened to taunt people because of Trump?
Nathan Phillips was honored Sunday, January 20, 2019 by several Native leaders.
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