Shameful.— Lakota Law Project (@lakotalaw) January 19, 2019
A group of MAGA hat wearing youths taunted an elder singing and playing a ceremonial drum at yesterday's #IndigenousPeoplesMarch. This is the face of Trump's America: proud, obnoxious racism and disrespect. pic.twitter.com/HLJvK67CPA
“It was getting ugly, and I was thinking: ‘I’ve got to find myself an exit out of this situation and finish my song at the Lincoln Memorial,’ ” Phillips recalled. “I started going that way, and that guy in the hat stood in my way and we were at an impasse. He just blocked my way and wouldn’t allow me to retreat.”
So, he kept drumming and singing, thinking about his wife, Shoshana, who died of bone marrow cancer nearly four years ago, and the various threats that face indigenous communities around the world, he said.
“I felt like the spirit was talking through me,” Phillips said.
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