Shailene Woodley couldn’t hold back her emotions while criticizing Thanksgiving as she joined protesters calling for a stop to Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which is being built on scared grounds of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, on the holiday.
“Today is a day that many call Thanksgiving, and it’s a day where kids in elementary school in America are taught false narratives about our native brothers and sisters,” the 25-year-old actress said Thursday while fighting back tears in an interview with TYT Politics.
She continued, “From the time we’re little kids, we cut out in cardboard paper pictures of pilgrims and feasts and turkeys, and yet none of our children know the truth about not only what happened to Native Americans when Westerners decided to colonize this country, but what is still happening to Native Americans.”
Woodley explained that although the pipeline was originally planned to be built in Bismarck, North Dakota, “a predominately white ‘American’ area,” it was moved to a reservation when it was decided that a break in the pipeline may damage their water supply.
“Thanksgiving was founded on a massacre,” she said. “And yet we’re here with these cops, with snipers with rubber bullets, and I’m honest — I’m just sick of it. There is no excuse. Where is everyone? Why isn’t everyone standing up and saying something?”
Woodley was arrested in October while participating in a protest against the construction of the DAPL. She and other celebrities, including Mark Ruffalo and Rev. Jesse Jackson, have traveled to North Dakota to participate in the protests.
In a Saturday Instagram post, Woodley planned to participate in a march in Washington D.C. Sunday for the cause.