White privilege depicted in a single map

The following map depicts the original route of the Dakota Access Pipeline in a dashed line running north and east of Bismarck-Mandan. At the behest of these overwhelmingly white communities, who were ironically concerned about the potential impacts the pipeline would have on their drinking water, its route was changed to the west and south of the city through areas largely populated by Native Americans. 

Needless to say, the drinking water concerns of the Standing Rock Native American community did not receive the same level of concern that was afforded the residents of Bismarck-Mandan. Hence, thousands of Standing Rock residents and their supporters are and have been protesting this clearly blatant example of white privilege and environmental racism. 

Map source: Carl Sack via huffpost.com

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2 Responses to White privilege depicted in a single map

  1. Thanks very much for the excellent map! Note: “white privilege” was also at work when the white man decided where to put his “flood control” dams on the Upper Missouri River. It was the Indians’ riparian farms which were drowned. And it was “white privilege” at work when Reservation land was taken for Kinzua Dam – what Buffy Sainte-Marie sang about in some of the lyrics in her song “Now the the Buffalo’s Gone.”


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