Rewrite: The Protests At Standing Rock | The Last Word | MSNBC
MSNBC Commentator Lawrence O’Donnell outlines 500 years of colonialism in four minutes in discussing the water protectors standing against the Dakota Access pipeline in the August 24 edition of his nightly news show The Last Word.
“Dakota means friend friendly.
The people who gave that name to the Dakotas have sadly never been treated as friends. The people whose language was used to name the Dakotas and Minnesota and Iowa Oklahoma Ohio Connecticut Massachusetts and other states the Native American tribes the people who were here before us (non-indigenous to the Americas) long before us, have never been treated as friends. They have been treated as enemies and dealt with with more harshly than any other enemy in any of this country’s Wars. After all of our major wars we signed peace treaties and lived by those treaties. After world war two when we made peace with Germany we then did everything we possibly could to rebuild Germany. No native american tribe has ever been treated as well as we treated Germans after World War Two. Continue reading “Standing Rock”