Man taunted by MAGA-hat teens says he tried to diffuse confrontation between 2 groups
|globalnews.ca 20 Jan 2019 at 16:54|
DETROIT â An Indigenous man who was seen in online video being taunted outside the Lincoln Memorial said Sunday he felt compelled to get between two groups with his ceremonial drum to defuse a confrontation.
The students were participating in the March for Life, which drew thousands of anti-abortion protesters, and Phillips was attending the Indigenous Peoples March happening the same day.
âSomething caused me to put myself between (them) â it was black and white,â said Phillips, who lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan. âWhat I saw was my country being torn apart. I couldnât stand by and let that happen.â
Videos show a youth standing very close to Phillips and staring at him as he sang and played the drum. Other students â some in âMake America Great Againâ hats and sweatshirts â were chanting, laughing and jeering.
Other videos also showed members of the religious group, who appear to be affiliated with the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, yelling disparaging and profane insults at the students, who taunt them in return. Video also shows the Indigenous Americans being insulted by the small religious group as well.
The U.S. Park Police, who have authority for security on the Mall, were not taking calls from media during the partial government shutdown.
In a joint statement, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School apologized and said they are investigating and will take âappropriate action, up to and including expulsion.â
âWe extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips,â the diocese statement read. âThis behaviour is opposed to the Churchâs teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.â