It has been one hell of a year for the political world and society has encountered a plethora of experiences that have shaken humanity to its core. Standing Rock is a pivotal experience that’ll forever be indented into history as a monumental force in which society came together to change the government’s course. A posse of evil and bigotry dressed in riot gear who are overwhelmed by their bias and systematically fueled hate took life-threatening measures against protectors that rapidly escalated with the danger that put human lives at stake. It is the violent truth that Standing Rock is a visible manifestation of the various ways that this nation is desecrating sacred lands for the sake of profit. Here’s to every single environmental activist, protector and courageous human being who turned their outrage into possibility in the midst of wrath and freezing temperatures. You are powerful. You are honorable. You are courageous. You are heroic. You are loved. And people even dedicated tattoos to your courage!
Over the past six-eight months, thousands of protesters that have flown in from around the world, including Native Americans from more than 100 tribes across the United States, have made the choice to raise their voice in North Dakota to help the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe block the Dakota Access Pipeline from being brought to life and serving as a means of treacherous strife. Initially, a small and fierce protest camp began in April 2016, which now has morphed into an encampment with thousands of human beings ruthlessly attacking corporate greed.
Dakota Access crews have begun bulldozing away which has lead to violent and downright ludicrous confrontation between passionate protesters, police officers, and security guards. The cultural and historic value is being unfairly undermined as money hungry corporations and the government are seeking to profit off of natural resources on or near tribal lands.
The Standing Rock Sioux, a Native group whose main source of drinking water will be dispassionately crossed multiple times by the pipeline, filed a lawsuit to block construction and have yet to reach a resolution pertaining to the legal aspect of this inhumane act of malice which has been routinely delayed for further review by the judicial system and federal agencies. Standing Rock youth launched a petition by the name of Rezpect Our Water in which they traversed through a 500-mile relay run to Washington, DC to deliver a petition of 160,000 signatures in which The Army Corps of Engineers signed off to halt construction in July.
Society has grown tired of federal intervention and citizen engagement with resistance toward the United States Government has increased as the greedy beast within the government’s intentions continues to be candidly released. Standing Rock is a symbolic national and worldly treasure far beyond the confines of North Dakota.
The sacred resting places and grounds of the native group’s ancestors are being morphed into a hollow ground that is far from being held as sacred or sound. Keeping the economic system in mind, the reality is that human beings are born with the mentality that our earth’s precious resources are limitless, but they are certainly not. This has not been a peaceful protest by any means and any accusations insinuating as such are false. Human beings have been pepper-sprayed, jailed, verbally and physically violated and emotionally harmed from standing their ground by construction crews who have protestors intentions entirely misconstrued. A deranged lunatic with disdain for the importance of human rights has slid into a position of power through the strategically clever use of propaganda.
The inherent freedom of ideas and expression associated with intellectualism, unorthodox thoughts, and the arts are anathema to a fascist dictatorship. Civil disobedience is an effective tool for social change when the event of corruption stemming from the elites becomes too extreme. This world’s inhabitants are not all cut from the same bigoted cloth. There is no justification for violence, but civil unrest and acts of peaceful defiance is an integral part of the political action that is routinely denounced as utter rampage when truthfully, human beings are simply putting up a communal fight for a step forward for human and equal rights.
Water is life, and the collective power, unity, acceptance, and love coruscating throughout society during a critical period of history fueled by hate and bigotry is astounding. Adding your voice to the chorus or taking action by protesting sheds light upon the coarseness within the hearts of baneful corporate imbeciles resisting real danger while seeking an increase in their wallets and the bottom line aka corporeal profit. This is a true fight against oppression abounding with almighty humane lessons. Whether simply observing or participating in group hugs with strangers while passersby throw bouquets of flowers into the crowd of passionate beings unafraid to shake up their routines and branch out of psychological and emotional quarantine, Standing Rock showcases the collective power of society.