In case you still think the Wall is about immigration

The day before yesterday, there were a couple of demonstrations at the Mall in Washington, DC.  One was the March for Life, an anti-abortion demonstration; the other was a much smaller Indigenous Peoples’ Day march. As the Indigenous Peoples’ Day march wound down, an Omaha (the tribe, not the city) tribal elder by the name of Nathan Phillips was playing a drum and leading a chant for a small group.  A group of Catholic high school students from Covington, KY, there for the March for Life, surrounded the group of chanting Native Americans. One young man stood inches in front of Phillips, smirking and staring him in the eyes as he chanted. The students outnumbered the Natives by quite a bit. 

The students, and the few adults with them, wore MAGA hats and many wore other MAGA clothing. At one point they broke into their own chant:

”Build the wall! Build the wall!”

Phillips, 64 years old and a Vietnam-era veteran, reports being quite nervous as the students did not let them pass. There were a few adults with the students and they did nothing. 

There is video of most of this and of course quite a lot of press. Here’s one source:

Their school is, in a word, mortified. The Diocese has issued an apology and the students may face suspension or expulsion. This is not to say that the school bears no responsibility for whatever mentality produced this but I don’t think we yet have enough information to speculate in an informed way. 

But “Build the wall”? Why?

If immigration is what its advocates are really thinking about, they’re going to harass Native Americans? Anyone notice a bit of a disconnect here? 

If, on the other hand, the Wall is simply a symbol for rejecting Others, for Standard B-flat bigotry, this makes perfect sense. Is this unintentional? 

Maybe there are people still around who think the MAGA hats are irrelevant. Well, if the kids were chanting about the Wall, clearly not. 

Has anyone not noticed that bigotry seems to follow Trump around? Are there still people out there who think he has nothing to do with this? 

Once he became the Republican Presidential nominee in 2016, hate crimes abruptly increased drastically. One might think it was a coincidence except that so many of the people guilty of these crimes referenced Trump. Sometimes it took the form of graffiti, and the vandals who wrote it were frequently kind enough to include Trump’s name in it. When the graffiti consisted of Trump’s name with the T replaced by a swastika - and it was done in a location indicating support rather than opposition - one gets the message.

Is this coincidence? Is all of this in spite of the President? 

There are two awfully compelling pieces of evidence that this is not coincidence. There are a great deal more if one includes pieces of evidence that came from his staff, like Steve Bannon, but I’m not including those.

The first happened after Charlottesville, “good people on both sides.” Most Republicans around the country didn’t have the nerve to defend the Charlottesville protestors, at least until they could revise events enough to implicate Antifa way more than actual evidence would indicate. No, Mr. President, there are not good American Nazis. Strangely enough, German Nazis often had more of an excuse as the Nazi Party ran their country and it’s the only way they could get ahead regardless of their actual ideology but in America it’s about nothing but ideology. It’s about hatred. Period. 

The second is what Trump hasn’t done. He has never said to his followers: “Don’t do this in my name” or even simply “Don’t do this.” On the contrary, he goes to rallies and encourages the attitudes that lead to this. People were murdered out of sheer bigotry in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, there was all sorts of support for the victims’ community even from the Muslim community, Trump came to pay his respects, but even then he wouldn’t say it. Even then he wouldn’t say that he disapproved of this kind of crap.

If you want to know what made these kids think harassing Native Americans for no good reason was a good idea, the answer is way too obvious.

Jus look at their hats. 


The initial reporting on this event was out of context. See my comment below at about 9:35 AM Monday. Though my opinion of Trump stands, my opinion of the Kentucky kids does not, at least not completely. And the comment at about 10:07 AM. 

Views: 291

Comment by J.P. Hart on January 20, 2019 at 2:51pm

intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself.
"the difficulties of combating prejudice and bigotry"
synonyms: prejudice, bias, partiality, partisanship, sectarianism, discrimination, unfairness, injustice; More

No doubt juvenile peer show-off hard guys' parents have more than a PO BOX and remain registered to vote.

Or they could be couch spud meanies.

Couple o' three days ago there was yet another poignant revelation of the young hockey player who was getting pushed around some and bullied because he is.

Comment by Ron Powell on January 20, 2019 at 3:07pm

An hour earlie, there was a group of black jews shouting inflammatory invectives, epithets, and insults at the Catholic students which may well have initiated or incited the ensuing confrontation between the students and the Native Americans...

Comment by Robert B. James on January 20, 2019 at 3:21pm

I’ve watched a genocide in progress for decades in my little urban policy proving ground. Millions of broken families, millions incarcerated...whole cites destroyed. Both parties looked the other way. Countless dead, more wounded...traumatized, addicted. A rightward shift follows the destruction of  the urban left political power base. This trump white nationalist crap? Kid stuff in comparison. Disgusting yes, but nothing compared to the daily body count by pogrom in urban America. 

Comment by koshersalaami on January 20, 2019 at 5:47pm

What source says the Black young men preaching about the Bible and oppression were Jewish? This is the first I’d heard of the previous confrontation and this report doesn’t specify that. 

Not that I think that’s relevant to what these kids did to people who clearly weren’t the previous group. My post stands as is, but now I’m curious. 

Comment by Ron Powell on January 20, 2019 at 10:22pm

@Kosh; the report came across during an  an MSNBC Sunday talk show...

Apparently Phillips got involved in what he thought would become a violent altercation between the kids and four or five black Jews who were taunting the kids for their support of Trump...

Thd video of the ugly confrontation was taken an hour or so BEFORE the viral video of the confrontation between Phillips and the kids...His intention was to prevent violence and he ended up fearing that he might become the victim of violence...

I can't find video of the report on how the ENTIRE INCIDENT unfolded. and escalated but it's out there...somewhere...

And, yes the report identifies the black men as members of a Jewish sect...

I'm sure it will surface again. Keep an eye out for it.

Meanwhile I offer the following to substantiate my comment:

"On Jan. 18, the Black Hebrew Israelites, Catholic high school students attending the March for Life, and a group participating in the Indigenous Peoples March converged on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. This video has been updated to include new footage from the incident. (The Washington Post)"

Comment by Tom Cordle on January 20, 2019 at 10:48pm

As was written long ago, he who sows the wind will reap the whirlwind. The Fathers of this country planted the seeds of destruction, with the Native Holocaust and Slavery. The sins of the Fathers cursed us unto the Seventh Generation and beyond, and now we are reaping what was sown, then fertilized with the manure of States Rights, Separate but Equal, and the Southern Strategy.

I'm not buying Phillips story; how is blocking the Natives from marching somehow protecting them? My take: If you don't want to be accused of being racist, don't wear a MAGA hat and don't support the Racist-in-Chief.

That these students profess to be followers of Jesus makes their behavior all the more deplorable; supporting this Merchant of Hate is spitting in the face of the Prophet of Peace and Love. If there is a Judgment one day, those who follow this Second-Rate Satan, this very embodiment of evil, may be in for a very unpleasant surprise.

Comment by koshersalaami on January 20, 2019 at 11:06pm

I sense a bit of confusion about Phillips. When does he state that he thought the Native Americans were being protected by the high school kids? Quite the opposite. In case it’s ambiguous, Phillips is the Native American in question. 

Comment by koshersalaami on January 20, 2019 at 11:17pm

I gather the movement involved was the Black Hebrews. They believe they’re descended from some of the Tribes but they are not Jewish per se. There are Black Jewish congregations in the US but the Black Hebrews are something else, at least for a time believing that only they were descended from the ancient Tribes and that modern Jews are not. 

Comment by Ron Powell on January 20, 2019 at 11:25pm

@Kosh; You should take your analytical critique re the nature of the group to the media who are referring to them as "Black Jews"...

I trust that the info and link provided here satisfies your "curiousity".

Comment by koshersalaami on January 21, 2019 at 7:06am

Black Hebrews. Are you sure they’re saying Black Jews? 

For one thing, that’s not something Jews in any denomination would do. We don’t seek converts, so we wouldn’t attack another religion in public over the details of their faith. You might see that within Judaism under certain very special circumstances, like Chasidim with Reform Jewish women carrying Torahs at the Wailing Wall, but never like this. 


You need to be a member of Our Salon to add comments!

Join Our Salon


10 More Great TV Series

Posted by John Manchester on April 23, 2019 at 10:08am 0 Comments

Notes From Earth Day

Posted by Robert B. James on April 23, 2019 at 7:36am 2 Comments

Earth Day

Posted by Anna Herrington on April 22, 2019 at 10:30am 8 Comments

The Big One

Posted by Robert B. James on April 22, 2019 at 7:26am 0 Comments

Vũng Tàu

Posted by Rodney Roe on April 22, 2019 at 6:53am 12 Comments

© 2019   Created by lorianne.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Service