Nathan Phillips’ Story Falls Apart, Details of Anti-Catholic History Emerge
Native Protester attempted to disrupt Catholic mass with drum
As the viral media frenzy surrounding the group of Covington Catholics students show no sign of dying down, Native American activist Nathan Phillips who was allegedly 'harassed' by the MAGA hat kids has misrepresented several facts about the incident.
Phillips recently told The Washington Post that the students swarmed him while he was preparing to leave the Indigenous People’s people's protest the same day.
He claimed one student, the boy at the center of the incident Nick Sandmann, blocked his path as he tried to leave.
The media accepted Phillips account without any question, and with the selective camera angles, the video soon had all the ingredients to explode on online.
But the extended video shows something different.
Phillips approached the high school boys as they cheered, not what the other way round which he had claimed.
The media also ignored that some of the people with Phillips were directing racially charged language at the boys.
Phillip's variation of the story was reported in the Detroit Free Press: Phillips claimed he was attempting to be a peacemaker by getting in between the students and four “old black individuals,” who he said the students were attacking.
“They were in the process of attacking these four black individuals,” Phillip told the Michigan paper.
“I was there, and I was witnessing all of this … As this kept on going on and escalating, it just got to a point where you do something, or you walk away, you know? You see something that is wrong, and you’re faced with that choice of right or wrong.”
“These young men were beastly, and these old black individuals were their prey, and I stood in between them, and so they needed their pounds of flesh, and they were looking at me for that,” he added.
The account wasn't accurate as the extended video revealed.
The four individuals Phillip mentioned members of the Black Hebrew Israelites, who were launching racist and anti-gay slurs at the high school students.
Philip's seems to have a history of antagonizing, according to Breitbart, allegedly tried to enter a Catholic church in Washington, DC, on Saturday while chanting and banging on their drums.
Nathan Phillips, along with about twenty other activists, tried to disrupt a January 19th evening Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, while chanting and banging on their drums, according to the Catholic News Agency (CNA).
Phillips was reportedly stopped by security from entering the Catholic church on Saturday as he and others chanted and played their drums during a Vigil Mass.
“It was really upsetting,” said a security guard to CNA.
“There were about twenty people trying to get in, we had to lock the doors and everything.”
“We had hundreds and hundreds of people from all over the country come here to celebrate life,” continued the security guard to CNA.
“It’s a house of worship, a place of prayer where people come to celebrate. All this anger is so against what we are all about here.”
The security guard added that the “protest” attempting to enter the church during its Mass was “really the worst.”
A short video clip of a separate incident involving Phillips — just one day before him storming the Catholic church — surfaced on the internet and was then circulated on social media.
Phillips made nearly identical allegations nearly four years ago in a case involving students from Eastern Michigan University.
Take this story from WJBK-TV in Detroit from April of 2015 and see if it sounds familiar to you.
“A Ypsilanti man says he was trying to teach a few students dressed in American Indian theme party about respecting Native Americans,” the station reported.
“Not long afterward, Nathan Phillips said that interaction with party-goers and students turned ugly.”
According to Phillips, while out on an afternoon walk, he spotted EMU students dressed in Native American garb.
“They had little feathers on; I was just going to walk by,” Phillips said.
“A group of them said ‘Come on over, come here.'”After he walked over, he says he found dozens of students dressed up as Native Americans for a theme party.“They had their face painted,” Phillips said.
“I said what the heck is going on here. ‘Oh, we are honoring you.’ I said, no you are not honoring me.“Then started whooping and hollering,” he added.
“I said that wasn’t honored, that was racist. Then at that time, it got ugly.”
“Ugly” included racial slurs and having a beer can hurl at him.
“(They said) ‘Go back to the reservation, you blank Indian,'” Phillips said. Phillips called the police, but when they arrived, they didn’t find any evidence of what he says happened.
“By the time police got there, it was like there was no party there at all,” Phillips said.
Check out his interview with MLive here.