Nathan Phillips is disgrace. He brings nothing but shame to Native Americans.
His account of the incident last Friday has several versions. Here is the WaPo version:
Phillips told the Washington Post Saturday that he had been singing an American Indian Movement song that serves as a ceremony to send the spirits home when he noticed that tensions started to escalate.
“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,’” Phillips told the paper. But after one of the teens wearing a MAGA hat stood in his way, he said, he continued to drum and sing.
“I felt like the spirit was talking through me,” Phillips said.
The video clearly shows that Phillips intentionally sought out the Covington kids. No one surrounded him right away. No one threatened him. No one shouted “build the wall.”
Phillips made no effort to go around the kids. He did get Nick Sandmann’s face on his own.
Here’s what Phillips told CNN:
“They were in the process of attacking these four black individuals,” Phillips said. “I was there and I was witnessing all of this … As this kept on going on and escalating, it just got to a point where you do something or you walk away, you know? You see something that is wrong and you’re faced with that choice of right or wrong. ”
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,” he said.
But then, the crowd of mostly male students turned their anger towards Phillips.
“There was that moment when I realized I’ve put myself between beast and prey,” Phillips said. “These young men were beastly and these old black individuals was their prey, and I stood in between them and so they needed their pounds of flesh and they were looking at me for that.”
There is quite a gap between then Black Hebrew group and the kids. There was absolutely no sign that hostilities were about to erupt. Further, the Black Hebrew group was hurling racist and homophobic obscenities at the Covington kids. Among them:
“Look at all these Dirty A** Crackers with red hats”
“coon A** Ni*ger”
Phillips call the black group “old black individuals.” Do these guys look old?
Do you wonder why Phillips did not approach the Black Hebrew group who were screaming obscenities?
Phillips claimed to have a permit
“I take great offense to that term, ‘protester.’ We were not protesting anything,” Phillips said. “In fact, we were the only group with a permit to be there and we were marching for solidarity and for being indigenous people. We were there in prayer. We wanted to make a better America.”
He did not have a permit.
Phillips is a radical activist
Nathan Phillips, the Native American radical activist who confronted the MAGA hat-wearing Catholic teens at the March For Life, starred in a 2012 Skrillex video called “Make It Bun Dem,” in which Phillips does some spiritual warfare connected to a violent attack on a police officer. Phillips was identified as the star of the video in his speaker bio for Tribal Hemp & Cannabis Education and discussed the role in a 2017 interview.
He has a history of being attacked at convenient times.
Here he is protesting a Michigan pipeline in 2017
In an interview with Rolling Stone Phillips said this about the Covington kids:
But Phillips has not given up hope on the MAGA-hat-wearing youths: “I see a future though. I do see a future. I see a bright, beautiful future if we want it, if we’re willing to pray for it, it’s there for us. It’s ours to pass on to the next generation, but we got to be willing for it,” Phillips said.
As part of that bright future Phillips wants the kids expelled from school.
Perhaps worst of all, Phillips claimed to be a Vietnam vet.
Native American elder Nathan Phillips, in his own words
CNN: What really happened?
Phillips: They were there looking for trouble, looking for something. Everybody knows the right to life and (pro-choice), it’s been like this and they’re hateful to each other. And it’s because I’m a veteran — I’m a Vietnam veteran — that these two groups even have the right in this country to have protests, to have conflicting opinions. If they were doing that, they should’ve done that there and then when they come into public, that wasn’t the place for that. That was a public forum where we was at. We were still under the protection of our permit for the indigenous peoples rally.
He claimed to serve in Vietnam from 1972-1976. The last US troops left in 1973. Apparently this is what he did:
He is not a Vietnam veteran.
What Nathan Phillips is is a fraud, liar and a disgrace.
Exit question- see the woman jumping up and down at 25 seconds into the video?
This unedited video (with the original sound) is indisputable proof that the Native American man approached the Catholic school kids pic.twitter.com/cFi0qRYDg2
— Wojciech Pawelczyk (@WojPawelczyk) January 20, 2019
Is she taunting Phillips? Is she being disrespectful? Why not? Because she’s not wearing a red hat.
Here are a couple of young people taunting an older man. Where was the outrage?