“President Donald Trump started off the week by mocking one of the worst Native American massacres in US history in order to score some political points. By Friday, a group of young white teenagers were following his footsteps by taunting Native American elders at the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, DC — on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, no less,” according to Vox and others in the media.
“In videos shared widely on YouTube and Twitter, a young man wearing a self-assured smirk and a red ‘Make America Great Again’ stands inches away from a native elder who is beating a drum. Different angles of the incident show a group of a few dozen young people, mostly boys, in the background, jumping up and down and jeering in unison at the group of elders present for the day’s march.
“According to Vincent Schilling from Indian Country Today, the elder targeted in the video clip is Nathan Phillips, a veteran and former director of the Native Youth Alliance. Phillips is a keeper of a sacred pipe, Schilling reports, and hosts a ceremony honoring Native American veterans at Arlington National Cemetery. The commemoration coincided Friday with the first annual Indigenous Peoples March, which was organized by a coalition of tribal councils, activists and youth leaders to raise awareness on issues facing their community, from police brutality to mental wellness to violence against women.
The rest of the article is here.
Update 1/20: One of the high schooler’s responses is here:
A video “The Truth in 15 Minutes” is here.
Update 2/13: Investigation finds no evidence of ‘racist or offensive statements’ in Mall incident is here. And “Covington Students ‘Did Not Instigate’ Lincoln Memorial Encounter, Bishop Says” is here.
Update from Fox40: https://fox40.com/a-note-to-our-viewers-about-our-covington-coverage/