Nathan Phillips, the Native American man at the center of a controversy involving Covington Catholic High School students, has a history of left-wing and anti-Trump activism, and has been previously featured in the media for such activism.
“Native Youth Alliance Executive Director Nathan Phillips of Omaha Tribe in Nebraska beats a drum on the steps in front of the Trump International Hotel during a protest April 27, 2017 in Washington, DC,” says a 2017 report with the following image:
The media has portrayed Phillips as the victim of “racist” harassment by the young boys, but the narrative quickly fell apart when a video emerged showing the full interaction between Phillips and Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann. It is clear that Phillips and his gang approached the boys first.
This new information about Phillips’ history of leftist activism further dispels the narrative that the boys were harassing Phillips, and proves that Phillips likely saw the boys wearing their #MAGA hats and harassed them. In plain, Phillips sought out the boys, not the other way around, as the mainstream press would have you believe.
Phillips was also featured in a 2018 Vogue article, in which he and all Native Americans were depicted as victims of the Trump administration as they protested the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
“This is how we used to gather every day at camp,” said Nathan Phillips, a member of the Omaha Nation and a founder of the Native Youth Alliance, the grassroots indigenous awareness organization that put out the call for the walk. And later: “This is how we gathered on the last day of camp.”
It was February 22, exactly one year after the governor of North Dakota ordered the evacuation of the camps, which for 11 months had maintained an occupied resistance against the pipeline. Oil has been flowing in the $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile-long Dakota Access Pipeline since July.
Most of those gathered had made their home in teepees and yurts and tents back when the resistance was at its peak in late 2016. They had weathered storms and blizzards and bitter cold and a muddy thaw; they endured surveillance by helicopter and infiltrators sent by a private security firm hired by the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. They reported surviving rubber bullets, LRAD sound cannons, mace, pepper spray, and dogs, too. They had put their lives on hold and on the line in order to defend treaty rights and sacred lands and, primarily, water. An earlier proposed path that ran just north of Bismarck was scuttled; now it would cross twice under the Missouri River, the primary source of drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux and an estimated 17 million more downstream. They were water protectors, not protesters, they maintained.
As previously reported by Big League Politics, Phillips was also at the center of controversy in 2015, during which he cried racism against students at Eastern Michigan University for dressing up like Native Americans. He claims the students battered him during the interaction.
Given Phillips’ history of such activism and full video showing that Phillips approached the young men of Covington Catholic, the mainstream press has once again been outed for a falsified smear job against conservatives. They owe, at the very least, an apology to those young men, whom they used as political pawns.
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City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”
There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.
The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”
“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.
The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.
Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”
Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.
Big League Politics has covered many instances of this phenomenon. One of the most recent instances included a San Francisco school district renaming Abraham Lincoln High School because black lives apparently “didn’t matter” to him:
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