Standing Rock Water Protector Ideology vs Reality

I've been sitting on this one for a long time. For anyone following the aftermath of the Dakota Access pipeline protest, the post I'll be linking and talking about today has been common knowledge and widely shared. Still, it's worth talking about (and saving an offline copy, should it ever disappear).

In the Jordan Peterson reddit, a young man who had been active in the protest revealed some startling things about what was really going on in the protest camps. There is so much that could be said about what he wrote. Please go and read the whole thing yourself, as well as the responses to it.

The author of the post said he spent about a year in Standing Rock, and then an additional nine months traveling the activist circuit afterwards. He starts by describing his arrival, and what could be deemed a kind of brainwashing that was given the name of "orientation."

"When I first arrived at the camps in Standing Rock, like all new people I was told to go to the daily morning orientation meeting. Walking into a large army tent with about eighty other people I began to listen to the young men and woman leading the meeting. As I am sure you can already guess "white privilege" and "cultural appropriation" were at the core of this orientation or reeducation if we're being honest. You have to understand that like myself about 90% of the people in this room were white, all of whom had driven across the country to the North Dakota tundra with resources and good will for the Lakota people. What did these people get for that honorable deed? Guilt, shame, or what I really began to see it as "social debt". It was one of the most interesting observations of my life, the look of disbelief on peoples faces as they were accused of crimes they did not commit. But the most shocking part is that they submitted to this ideology after being slapped directly in the face, I was one of them. Getting people to accept that the victim-hood of another person to being their fault is a simple task."

While I don't know if I'd call North Dakota tundra (right now it's filthy hot outside, climbing near 100 degrees), I find his description intriguing. To get these outsiders in the right place mentally and emotionally, they first had to be told they were partly at fault for what they came to stop because of their skin color, and then they were put in a lower place. They had to understand why it was good and right that they were considered of less importance and value, and why they owed their allegiance. This is like a cult, where you get people to stop thinking for themselves, where you get them to turn off their natural defense mechanisms that question such things, where you isolate them from their families (outside protesters had traveled hundreds and thousands of miles to be there), where you control who and how they can communicate with someone who hadn't been "orientated", where you chip away at their emotional understanding of who they are and what they've done (or, in this case, not done), all to make it easier to get them to obey you without question.

"After being indoctrinated into the camps I began to accept things that I never would. For example lying for the "greater good". On an subconscious level I was constantly checking my actions in self destructive ways. Most nights it was -50 with wind chill and I caught myself in this idea that because I was white I needed to give up my fully winterized structure to any person of color, especially if they were Native American. It got to a point where my days at the camps were spent building a structure so I wouldn't freeze, only to seek out on my own accord people of color to take over my structure the next day. Even when I knew that they were not contributing to the community or were a negative influence on the community I was white my opinion did not matter and I believed this to my core. I was lying to myself, I was lying to the people back home who I talked to about Standing Rock."

That should shock you, that despising the color of your skin should be such a key issue in an oil pipeline protest, but too many have become used to being apologetic for being white in recent years. The brainwashing didn't happen solely at that camp, but has been happening for millions of people prior to the protest, and is still happening, via media, entertainment, and social media.

It doesn't take much to twist someone's worldview, and it doesn't take much to get them to lie to the people they are closest too. How many people, during the protest, swore up and down online and to their families and to the media that everything was perfect and glorious and there were no weapons, violence, rapes, or other crimes? Were they telling the truth? Would they be able to know if they were or weren't, after this kind of indoctrination?

"Now if you are a white person who can endure this environment long enough to earn respect in such a community you become "one of the good ones" which I found so incredibly ironic hearing constantly when I would have been publicly executed for saying the same thing to a person of color. I was taught on one hand that I should be ashamed for my white privilege but on the other I was told to weaponize my privilege for the benefit of people of color. Which lead me to make a series of choice based mainly out of my desire for further acceptance in this community, most of them immoral and some put myself in danger."

How many times did I, and others, essentially say that many of these people were basically being used as tools? How many times did people point out the known problems with leadership in those camps, and their tendency to be involved with less-than-honest activities and highly skilled at using "useful idiots" to their ends?

I don't want to say that I told you so, but there it is.

"They were able to make me high on this newfound pride they had given me and as long as I was given that pat on the back I would continue to overlook anything that was out of place. There was a ban on weapons in the camps, yet guns were hidden among the people. The camp was drug and alcohol free, except that was only used as justification to remove unwanted people from the camp while everyone who played along could do as they pleased as long as it was discrete and away from the media."

We've already seen, now that the protest is over, people coming forward to media to report the crimes and sexual assaults that happened in the camps, even though during the protest, they swore up and down that such things were not happening. How many times did they make fun of Morton County Sheriff's Department for insisting that there were weapons in the camp? Yet, as protesters started to turn on each other at the end, we started to see social posts and news articles that did, indeed, support the statements of law enforcement.

"I was placed in a position of responsibility where I was controlling incoming monetary donations for the sub group within the camp that I worked for. This was done mainly because I am a sober person and they felt investors could trust my face. For the first time in my life I found something I was good at. I successfully raised thousands of dollars in cash and got all sorts of equipment donated to the camps. I felt very proud of this accomplishment.

But then I finally began to snap out of the programming that I had been indoctrinated into. Running the donations I took it very seriously, keeping track of all of the money and making sure that I never abused that power. Only to then distribute those resources to people within the camp who would abuse them. People spent the money I gave them for projects on drugs and their own personal finances. The equipment I gave to people I trusted to be able to use them for the purpose of bettering our community were pawned for money to then be used to buy drugs and again fund their own personal finances. The disgust I felt for this breach in trust was what jumped started my brain into reality. I decided I needed a break and spent a few nights at a locals home..."

Imagine that. Those of us who said this was turning into a huge money scam were...right. There's more than enough proof of it in the blogs of disgruntled protesters (e.g. Meko Haze and his posts about LaDonna Brave Bull Allard) and even in the documentation in my book in regards to how much money was raised and the ability to track where it could have possibly gone.

"I began to lie to people and tell them I did not have donation money when I did because I knew they would misuse the charity. I began to support the notion that it was wise for everyone to pack up and leave the camp before the United States National Guard would come in to evict the camps. I used the remainder of my the resources given to me to get willing people home. I stayed to observe the National Guards operation which was as clean as it could be given the circumstances. The camp was evicted in two days with zero casualties which I am thankful for."

Please note his description of the clearing of the camps, which is quite a contrast to the dramatic social media video and photos that came out from some of the stragglers who were desperately holding onto their last few 15 minutes of fame.

"I decided to continue to observe, and traveled across the US & Canada to the various "Water Protector" camps that were started all across the country with the excess donation resources from Standing Rock.

What I saw was even worse than what I had seen at Standing Rock. At least there the people in the position of authority were elders, but now these offshoot protest camps were run exclusively by children of the ideology. And by children I mean adults with the maturity of a child. They made calls for violence, vandalism, senseless destruction in the rhetoric of each camp I would visit. These kids are not dumb either and have found ways they can manipulate public opinion with social media and their phones camera by creating pandemonium and riding that wave of chaos to raise money from non-profits/private investors and gain public support at the same time. When in reality if people knew the whole truth, they would have to drop their support on a moral level and as for most of the non-profits it would be a legal issue for their money to be going to violent political groups."

I know that these "water protector" activists are active in Minnesota, where Enbridge is attempting to replace an old pipeline and has rerouted it to meet Native American demands but still faces the same hijinx seen during the Dakota Access protest. They quickly spread to other states as well, but did not have the longevity or publicity success like they had at Standing Rock.

So what do we do with this kind of inside information?

If you're the media, you don't do anything. You never do a follow-up on a story you blew out of proportion with one-sided reporting. You don't let people know the aftermath of their online outrage or donations. And you certainly don't talk about those who participated in the protest and had a radical eye-opening experience.

I'm willing to bet money that protesters and supporters still drinking the Kool-Aid are saying that the man who wrote this post is "just an infiltrator paid for by Morton County or the oil company." You know what an infiltrator is, when it comes to cults and brainwashing? Someone who came to their senses. Someone who swallowed the red pill.

Wake up, people.

Think First. The Bad Guy Might Not Be Who You Think.

The bad guys, the evil -- it doesn't always look like what you think it will look like, and it isn't always the same entity in every situation.

Think first, and don't get all wrapped up in the feelz from what you see online or how a reporter artfully tries to manipulate your emotions. Think. Ask critical questions as you read and watch media. Start with the basic W's, and if there are gaps or places where it doesn't make sense or seems just a little pat, question it. Ask yourself if you are assuming which is the right side and which isn't, and if you have enough information on all involved to make that determination. Ask yourself if you should even become involved, if you can help in a solution, or if your participation will only make things worse.

As I wrote in the book (and have in lots of off-the-record interview material and direct messages), there was far more going on here than treaties and an oil pipeline and water. Those folks who arrived without knowledge of this helped make things worse, further obfuscating the truth and muddying already difficult local waters by trying to attach their pet ideology (anti-police, racism, free Palestine, whatever else) to this for the sake of attention.

Follow The Money

And lastly, think carefully about where you're sending your money. Watch what they do with that money, and take note of how long after the event they continue to beg for free stuff. If you can't see proof (receipts, accounting spreadsheets or reports, etc.) of how the money is being spent but are instead told to trust someone, forget it. Keep your money. I'm still seeing some of the protest players asking for money and items. Some are disguising it as a legal need, constantly creating new videos and ways to stir the pot and make it look like they have a legal chance if they win this newest battle when all along they are simply creating event points to have an excuse to shake the money jar and get your attention. Some protest leaders are revealing themselves to be pretty awful people, getting arrested or defending those arrested for sexual assault, stabbings, etc. wholly unrelated to the protest or activist life but completely indicative of their character.

Why are you financially supporting these kinds of people when there are so many other better places to send your hard-earned money? There are endless ways to support beneficial Native American programs, if that is where your heart is, rather than dump millions in the pockets of opportunistic anarchist cult-building scammers.

As I wrote in the book, follow the money. It's not just oil companies that have a lot of money on the line. Simply standing against Big Oil doesn't mean you didn't pick a violent destructive faction that was as equally dangerous to you, your community, or the entire generation of easily brainwashed young people.