Vic Mensa Travels to North Dakota in Support of Standing Rock Protesters

Jake Osmun
Vic Mensa

Earlier this week, Chicago rapper Vic Mensa posted a series of photos on Instagram showing solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux’s resistance against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Since April, thousands of Native and non-Native activists have gathered in Cannonball, North Dakota, to camp and peacefully protest the crude oil pipeline that infringes on tribal sovereignty and threatens the Missouri River, a direct water source for the Standing Rock and millions of Americans downstream.

 

For three days, Mensa traveled to North Dakota to support the indigenous activists, who call themselves water protectors, on the front lines. An impassioned Mensa enlightened his followers, taking to social media to highlight the political and social struggles of Native American communities and making larger connections to Black Lives Matter and the water issues in Flint, Michigan. In a Facebook Live video, Mensa touched on the police brutality and violence the water protectors have faced in the past few months -- including tear gas, attack dogs, rubber bullets, concussion grenades and even water cannons in below-freezing temperatures. Hundreds of unarmed activists have been injured and arrested throughout the months.

Because of underrepresentation in mainstream media, the #NoDAPL movement has largely been documented through social media and benefits greatly when allies such as Mensa and Neil Young support it with their platforms. Mensa announced he will be returning to Standing Rock on Sunday to protest the North Dakota governor’s camp evacuation order.


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