Taboo Says Strategizing Is Necessary to Fight Against President Trump Reopening Dakota Access Pipeline
In his first week in office, President Donald Trump has executed a number of headline-making orders, signing yesterday an approval to move forward on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. Last year, thousands protested Barack Obama's decision to build the pipelines through land sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The Obama administration eventually decided against construction, with Trump's move Tuesday expecting to inspire further protest.
Among those vocal in their support of Standing Rock is Black Eyed Peas member Taboo, who is part Native American. This past weekend, the musician joined some protesting the pipeline at the Sundance Film Festival and speaking with TMZ, he says that real strategy and unity is needed within the movement.
"We knew the war wasn’t over," he says in the video above. "It’s never over, especially when we’re dealing with somebody like this man that just came into office, [who] is unpredictable. You have to always be on your guard, but you got to do it the right way. Right now it’s time to go back to strategizing. Make sure that we do it right and not jump the gun and get aggressive and start using violence as a way to lash back."
Back in November, Vic Mensa joined the protest at Standing Rock, with Chance the Rapper, Lupe Fiasco and more celebrating what was then viewed as a victory, as the Army Corp of Engineers announced that it would seek an alternate route for the pipeline.
Catch Taboo's remarks up top, with an Instagram photo of him "standing in solidarity with #standingrock" below.
16 Rappers Who Have Dissed Donald Trump