This was my final paper in my ethics class this past semester & I just thought I’d share my thoughts on this issue.
*Note* I know this does not encompass this entire issue, it was a 6-8 page paper, and I had to write this within some guidelines.
THE ETHICS OF THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE
Jennifer V. Kurland
Water hoses being sprayed on peaceful protests was a game changer for the Civil Rights Movement when those images were broadcast to the public on TV. When similar, yet more brutal tactics were used on water protectors protesting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the media was missing in action. Native people in the United States are victims of genocide from the onset of our country’s founding, and still today struggle for the basic human rights supposedly guaranteed to all people under the Constitution. The Dakota Access Pipeline’s construction against the wishes of the Standing Rock Sioux is just one more injustice piled on to this sordid history. There is no ethical justification that would allow this pipeline to continue decimating the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s ancestral burial grounds and treaty territory.