A dreadful moment happened there, at the Lincoln Memorial.
All around then are high school boys in MAGA hats.
Videos are starting to circulate. Perhaps there will be a news story about it.
BUT -- this is one school, one place. We know this sort of behavior is everywhere.
In theory, that might work for some, but why do that to Native kids, families?!
Many of us have had to make room for people who have done that. Speaking from experience, it is a horrific plan.
How will this racist incident (a mild word for what happened) impact your teaching? How will you change your instruction, your lesson plans?
In his CNN interview he said that he saw two groups and something going on. So, he acted. He walked between them.
Those boys were doing the tomahawk chop. They were singing that song that goes with it.
When a group of boys behaves as those boys did, we (parents, teachers, caregivers) have to think about why they did that. Why do they hear and see a Native man, singing and drumming, and do the tomahawk chop?
Media coverage said the boys of Covington Catholic School had surrounded the man.
The Native man looks noble, courageous. The white kid looks arrogant and defiant.
In fact, they were in DC for a political march. News media says Nathan Phillips is an activist, but so are the boys.
I've seen more than one video interview of Nathan Phillips where he defends their freedom of speech.
They, now, are being depicted as heroic young men standing up to two groups of adult men.
We're all activists, whether we use that term to describe ourselves or not. We all have "an agenda" whether we acknowledge it, or not.
All of it is an agenda, an orientation, a commitment to some thing.
Whoever is doing that to them is wrong to do so.
But it quickly turned to the tomahawk chop and that Hollywood style music that ppl think is Native (it isn't). By then he had moved into the crowd and was surrounded. That had to feel suddenly, very bad.
Some of you are shaking your head. I am amongst that group.