Ah, the smug racism of white boys wearing Trump caps:
Appalling, boys. But his is the behavior to which Donald Trump inspires white boys.
Indian Country Today tells us about the Omaha elder and veteran standing and drumming whom the white boys in the video mock:
The elder is Nathan Phillips, an Omaha elder who is also a Vietnam Veteran and former director of the Native Youth Alliance. He is also a keeper of a sacred pipe and holds an annual ceremony honoring Native American veterans in the Arlington National Cemetery [Vincent Schilling, “Outrage as Non-Native Youth Wearing #MAGA Hats Taunt and Disrespect Native Elder,” Indian Country Today, 2019.01.19].
Mr. Phillips offered his view of the incident on Instagram:
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New Mexico Congresswoman and Laguna Pueblo tribal member Deb Haaland chastises the boys for their disrespect:
Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) condemned a group of young students for displaying “blatant hate, disrespect, and intolerance” in a viral video apparently taken during Friday’s Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, D.C.
“This Veteran put his life on the line for our country,” Haaland, one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress, wrote on Twitter. “The students’ display of blatant hate, disrespect, and intolerance is a signal of how common decency has decayed under this administration. Heartbreaking” [Morgan Gstalter, “Haaland Condemns Students’ Behavior Toward Native Elder at Indigenous People’s March,” The Hill, 2019.01.19].
Let us hope parents will listen to Mr. Phillips and to Representative Haaland, will sit brutish children like those in the video above down to listen to such wise words, and work with people of good conscience to heal our nation from the sickness of Trump.