Earlier today video broke of a disgusting spectacle in which a rabid mob of MAGA teens surrounded, mocked, and harassed an elderly indigenous man participating in the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington D.C.
That man has now been identified as Nathan Phillips, a Vietnam veteran and member of the Omaha Nation, and a video has emerged of him speaking out about the sickening incident.
In the clip Philips speaks calmly and clearly about the state of affairs in America saying:
“I heard them saying ‘Build that wall! Build that wall!’ You know this is indigenous land. You know we’re not supposed to have walls here. We never did. For a millennium. Before anybody else came here we never had walls. We never had a prison.”
“We always took care of our elders, we took care of our children. We always provided for them. We taught them right from wrong.”
Philips also expressed the wish that the young morons who harassed him would put their energy to better use, saying:
“I wish I could see the energy of the young mass of young men, put that energy into making this country really great.”
In other words even after being treated horribly, Mr. Philips displayed the type of wisdom and grace so sorely lacking today, both in our elected leaders and in certain young people like the mob who confronted him.
Nathan Philips of the Omaha Nation speaking on what happened from @/ka_ya11 IG. pic.twitter.com/XBf1kTf8a5— Unceded Clothing (@UncededClothing) January 19, 2019
As comedian Patton Oswalt pointed out, Philips is an Vietnam vet, unlike the president whose hat the mob of jeering idiots is wearing.
Mocking a brave Vietnam vet while wearing a draft-dodger’s hat. #BoneSpurBattalion— Brian Stack (@BrianStack153) January 19, 2019
The Omaha Elder, Nathan Phillips, shows us all how to stand our ground and defeat bullies, fear and hate. Please RT and get #NathanPhillips trending to show some, albeit small, love and Respect!!!!— swb (@swbtaos) January 19, 2019
Nathan Philips of the Omaha Nation & Vietnam Veteran speaks on what happened when MAGA racists mocked & harassed him as he peacefully protested genocide.😓— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) January 19, 2019
This is so painful to listen to, the strength of this noble soul.
[from @/ka_ya11 IG]
Heartbreaking to hear but so grateful someone got him on camera. True inspiration!— pangilinan (@pangilinan) January 19, 2019
Proud of you Mr Nathan Phillips you are a brave and courageous man. Thank you for your strength.— me (@L82be) January 19, 2019
This human's tears have more courage, heart, wisdom, generosity, and morality than all of those deplorable kids (and the parents, educators, communities who raised them) combined.— MisanthropeMime™ (@misanthropemime) January 19, 2019