She Didn't Immediately Know How To Respond When Her Son Asked If They Were Still Slaves

A'Driane Nieves' young son asked her whether they were still slaves. In this video, she shares the thoughts she explored while figuring out how to answer. Please watch through to the end because she also talks about other groups who are marginalized in the U.S. And please listen with an open mind — just because some of us haven't personally had these experiences doesn't mean they don't exist. Empathy and understanding are important steps in the process of change. Maybe NSFW: This video contains some profanity, including the n-word.

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This article originally appeared on Common Dreams. You can read it here.

A U.S. district court on Monday delivered a major win to local Indigenous organizers and climate activists—and a significant blow to the fossil fuel industry and the Trump administration—by ordering the Dakota Access Pipeline to be shut down and emptied of oil by Aug. 5 while federal regulators conduct an environmental review of the project.

DAPL, as the Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) pipeline is widely known, transports crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale basin to a terminal in Illinois. The pipeline has gained international notoriety in recent years due to protests—particularly on and around the Standing Rock Indian Reservation—by environmentalists and Native Americans who live along the route.

The Monday decision by D.C.-based District Judge James E. Boasberg comes after four years of litigation brought by the Standing Rock Sioux, Cheyenne River Sioux, and others against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for allowing ETP to construct and operate the pipeline beneath Lake Oahe, a dammed portion of the Missouri River near the reservation.

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