I’m always wary of big names coming to protests. Kennedys are a mixed bag. John, Jr., used his magazine George to publicize what truly happened to his father when he was murdered, and then his plane *cough* mysteriously crashes while Ted Kennedy makes haste to remove any evidence that would show wrongdoing. It’s been awhile since I read Joe Kane’s book, Savages, but if I recall correctly, Robert Kennedy was not that helpful towards the indigenous of the rainforest when they were fighting Big Oil. After Big Oil had begun to illegally drill for oil on their land, they began seeing pools of oil on top of the soil. Their water became contaminated and they began having respiratory and other diseases. They fought hard against Big Oil, but in the end, they lost their beautiful paradise. And their precious culture.
I mean, it’s great if big names want to support the effort, but cynical me wonders if it is not just about getting one’s name and face in the media. It’s a double edged sword where a big name might bring attention to the effort, but not be that helpful or truly understand and embrace the entire meaning behind the fight. This is more than about oil — it’s the big fight against the Dark and Light.
People moving to confront and stop work on the Dakota Access pipeline, Sept 3, 2016. Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. expected to join protesters on Tuesday
The Associated Press, November 15, 2016
The Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to further delay construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline so it can continue studying the issue and gather more input from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation that opposes it is purely political, according to the company behind the project.
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