Phillips lives in this Ypsilanti neighborhood but right now he's still in Washington D.C. He's expected to be back in MI in a few days.
A Catholic school in Kentucky condemned a group of its students, many of whom wore "Make America Great Again" caps, after they were recorded harassing a Native American Vietnam veteran in a video that went viral on Saturday.
As he beat a drum and sang a Native American song, dozens of Covington students, some wearing Make America Great Again hats, surrounded Phillips.
The students' display of blatant hate, disrespect, and intolerance is a signal of how common decency has decayed under this administration.
State politician Ruth Buffalo, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, said she was saddened to see students showing disrespect to an elder who is also a USA military veteran at what was supposed to be a celebration of all cultures.
Users on social media identified the teens as likely being students from Covington Catholic school in Kentucky because of the insignia on some of their clothing.
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The Covington Catholic website shows the students were in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life. In a statement, the school said that the matter is under investigation and appropriate action will be taken, including expulsion if necessary.
"I believed that by remaining motionless and calm, I was helping to diffuse [sic] the situation".
"I respect this person's right to protest and engage in free speech activities, and I support his chanting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial any day of the week".
In a statement, Mr Sandmann insisted that the video had been misinterpreted, and said this had led to "outright lies being spread about my family and me".
"You know, this is indigenous land, we're not supposed to have walls here, we never did, for millennium".
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He said in his statement that he was "startled and confused" by Phillips's approach with his drum.
The teens were visiting Washington D.C.as part of a field trip from the Covington Catholic school in Kentucky.
After the incident, Mr Phillips was quoted by U.S. media as saying: "I heard them saying "build that wall, build that wall".
Phillips said Sandmann "positioned himself" in front of him, stopping his exit.
"I stepped in between to pray", Mr Phillips said. I wake up in the morning, say my prayers.
He accused the students of "mocking us while we're having discourse", and argued that, although his group had been vocal, they "didn't approach" the students and there was no "physical situation".
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The videos and photographs quickly went viral, and Americans were appalled at the behavior of the MAGA-clothed private-school students - who had been brought to the nation's capitol by their church leaders - as they mocked the elderly veteran.