Activists at the Dakota Access Pipeline are pissed about white people infringing upon the area, and treating it like a Burning Man festival. People are tired of the mostly white, guitar-playing, hippies flocking to the North Dakota campsites.
“Need to get something off my chest that I witnessed and found very disturbing in my brief time there that I believe many others have started to speak up about as well,” Alicia Smith, a protestor wrote on Twitter.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with all of the “spiritual journey” white folks who have been showing up to camp: pic.twitter.com/K6e29i73ge
— Hvlpvtvlke Hokte (@sydnerain) November 23, 2016
— #NoDAPL Dani (@xodanix3) November 17, 2016
“White people are colonizing the camps,” Smith said. “I mean that seriously. Plymouth rock seriously. They are coming in, taking food, clothing and occupying space without any desire to participate in camp maintenance and without respect of tribal protocols.”
She continued: “These people are treating it like it is Burning Man or The Rainbow Gathering and I even witnessed several wandering in and out of camps comparing it to those festivals.”
I guess bad habits, like colonization, are hard to break? Word to Columbus.