Vic Mensa Joins Protestors at Standing Rock
Vic Mensa has never shied away from not only speaking his mind on the issues and taking action for causes he believes in. For the last few days, the Roc Nation MC has been doing just that. Sometime over the Thanksgiving weekend, Mensa took a trip to Standing Rock in order to protest the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. He's documented parts of the experience in a Facebook video, which you can see above.
In the 15-minute video, Mensa can be heard discussing the dimensions of the issue, which involves people's fear of an oil company contaminating the water supply of Native American reservation and millions of other Americans. He says the oil company was originally supposed to build the pipeline in Bismarck, which is the capital city of North Dakota. He says that the oil company believed the move would be too risky, and it was for that reason that they decided to build the pipeline in Standing Rock.
Mensa also took to Instagram to explain more about the cause. "I've been at #StandingRock for the last 3 days, and the experience has been amazing," Mensa says in his post. He continues, "If you're not in tune with what's going on here, Standing Rock is an Indian reservation where a major oil company is trying to drill a pipeline underneath the river that supplies drinking water for millions of people on and off of the reservation. Drilling that oil pipeline could contaminate the livelihood of so many people, primarily indigenous people of this land that have been systematically destroyed since Europeans arrived in America. Thousands of people have come from all over the world to Standing Rock to stop that pipeline from being drilled and protect the water."
In the aforementioned Facebook video, Mensa encourages anyone who can afford it to travel to Standing Rock to protest when he returns on Dec. 4.
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