Yesterday the entire internet was collectively appalled by a video in which a large group of MAGA hat-wearing teenagers shouted at and harassed an elderly indigenous man at the Indigenous People’s March.in Washington D.C.
The students were from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky and were visiting to take part in the March For Life anti-abortion rally which was held on the same day.
Now, according to The Independent the mother of one of the Covington Catholic students seen on the now infamous video is claiming that the video doesn’t depict what actually happened, calling it “fake news.”
In a letter to Heavy.com a person claiming to be the mother of one of the teens (although it’s unknown which) blamed others, including “black Muslims” and the indigenous man Nathan Phillips himself, saying:
“Shame on you! Were you there? Did you hear the names the people where calling these boys? It was shameful. Did you witness the black Muslims yelling profanities and video taping trying to get something to futher (sic) your narrative of hatred?? Did you know that this “man” came up to this one boy and drummed in his face? Shame on you. Only reporting what you want. More fake news.”
The anonymous parent claims that Phillips prompted the incident by approaching one of the teens and “drumming in his face.”
In a long video of the encounter Phillips can be seen walking up to the large group beating his drum. He is then surrounded by students and journalists and the crowd of students begin jumping and chanting in what appears to be a mocking fashion though others will claim the interaction was friendly. However, another video shows the students hooting and doing the “Tomahawk chop” gesture, which certainly would suggest they were mocking Phillips for being indigenous and not simply singing along.
In a recent interview with CNN Phillips has said he interceded to prevent an argument that was going on between the students and a group of black protesters from escalating and then found the students’ anger turned on him.
In an earlier video recorded just after the incident Phillips also said that he wished the young people would “put that energy into making this country really great.”
Here is another infuriating clip from the MAGA mob of kids from #CovingtonCatholic
An indigenous man politely reminds them they are on stolen land and a student responds, “Land gets stolen. That’s how it works. It’s the way of the world.” via @ka_ya11 IG #IndigenousPeoplesMarch pic.twitter.com/SYun9wkzpY
— Andrew Kimmel (@andrewkimmel) January 19, 2019
This is appalling. The ignorance. The gall. The disrespect. It’s shameful. And sadly on brand. When something like this isnt even surprising, it’s evidence to our place in the cycle of recreating our darker chapters. That Native American man showed incredible strength and dignity https://t.co/Im4KLw3sV7
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) January 19, 2019
Day 2 of the MAGA high school story: The students are doubling down on "Actually, sir, we were just minding our own business and…" while one of their mothers screams about "Black Muslims." Unluckily for them, people have eyes. They showed us who they are. Believe them.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) January 20, 2019
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) January 20, 2019
“We’re not racists. Black Muslims tricked us”. Truly beyond parody. https://t.co/48kY0oJRql
— Nish Kumar (@MrNishKumar) January 20, 2019
i cant believe this woman is blaming black muslims for her bitch ass son
— Chelsea Peretti (@chelseaperetti) January 20, 2019
h/t: The Independent