Vic Mensa Joins DAPL Protestors At Standing Rock

Vic Mensa Joins DAPL Protestors At Standing Rock

J’na Jefferson

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Photo Credit: Billboard

 

Many people are using their voices to denounce the environmentally damaging Dakota Access Pipeline, and Chi-town rapper Vic Mensa is joining the fight in Standing Rock, N.D. The 23-year-old is working in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux, a group indigenous to the area whose lifestyle and health have been threatened thanks to the underground oil project, which stretches over 1,000 feet long.

 

According to his Instagram page, Mensa has been in Standing Rock since Nov. 25, and has been explaining to fans what is going on with the protests through Facebook Live broadcasts, tweets and pictures.

“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,” he wrote in a post.“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,” he continued. “Thousands of people have come from all over the world to Standing Rock to stop that pipeline from being drilled and protect the water.”

– Vic Mensa

 

This wouldn’t be the first time Mensa has been socially conscious. He traveled to Flint, Mich. during their water crisis, wrote an open letter after Donald Trump’s election regarding unity and racism in the United States and he also released a song titled “16 Shots,” which was inspired by 17-year-old Chicagoan, LaQuan McDonald.

 

 

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