View Full Version : Shailene Woodley Breaks Down in Tears While Discussing Thanksgiving at Dakota Access

11-27-2016, 03:31 PM
Shailene Woodley spent Thanksgiving alongside hundreds of protesters opposing the Dakota Access pipeline at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

The 25-year-old outspoken actress spoke with TYT Politics on Thursday, fighting back tears as she criticized the American holiday.

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"I do know that today is a day that many call Thanksgiving, and it's a day where kids in elementary school and America are taught false narratives about our native brothers and sisters," she explained in a video posted to Facebook. "From the time we were little kids, we'd cut out in cardboard paper pictures of pilgrims and feasts and turkeys. And yet none of our children know the truth about not only what happened to Native Americans, when Westerners decided to colonize this country, but what is still happening to Native Americans."

"This pipeline, and I know this has been said, but like, gosh, this pipeline was supposed to be built in Bismarck, N.D.," she continued, "which is a predominately white 'American' area. And when the people of Bismarck decided that if this pipeline when this pipeline breaks it would compromise the integrity of their water, they moved it to the Native American reservation. They didn't do it, they failed to, and we're still here, on Thanksgiving, again the day that no one knows the history about."

Thanksgiving was founded on a massacreshe added. "And yet we're here with these cops, with snipers with rubber bullets, and I'm honest I'm just sick of it. There is no excuse. Where is everyone? Why isn't everyone standing up and saying something?