Video posted after Friday’s “March for Life” gathering of anti-abortion activists in Washington confirmed dozens of scholars wearing “Make America Nice Once more” attire mocking a Native American navy veteran.
The pictures, which went viral, confirmed the youths mocking and tormenting Nathan Phillips, a Vietnam Warfare veteran who was collaborating within the Indigenous Peoples March, a separate occasion that was held coincidentally close to the March for Life on Friday.
Phillips turned emotional describing how college students chanted “construct that wall” at him in a video shared on Twitter.
— Quang D. Tran, S.J. (@LeMeTellUSumtin) January 19, 2019
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the emblem of a non-public Catholic highschool in Kentucky is seen on a number of of the scholars within the video.
A spokesperson for Covington Catholic Highschool stated in a press release to the Enquirer that “we’re simply now studying about this incident and remorse it happened. We’re wanting into it.”
The March for Life — an annual gathering of anti-abortion advocates and college students, this 12 months featured a speech by Vice President Mike Pence, a recorded tackle by President Donald Trump.
Though the Covington college’s social media accounts have been set to personal, its web site consists of permission varieties for college kids to “take part within the March For Life 2019 occasion in Washington, D.C.”
Hate crimes have risen in every of the three years for which federal knowledge is accessible since Trump declared his candidacy. Impacted communities say the president’s rhetoric and insurance policies have emboldened racists throughout the nation.
The Washington Publish’s Radley Balko identified the “Trump-era phenomenon” displayed within the movies.
That video options one other Trump-era phenomenon that we simply appear take without any consideration, now: When bigots wish to harass maringalized folks, they’ll merely chant one of many president’s slogans. Or don his hat. Or yell out his identify. And everybody is aware of what it means.
— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) January 19, 2019