On Thursday’s “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah put the issue into simple terms.
Basically, the oil company building the pipeline originally intended to have it cross under the Missouri River near Bismarck, a town that is 90 percent white.
The route was changed to go under the river at Standing Rock after Bismarck residents complained about the risks of an oil spill.
“That’s right,” Noah said. “This pipeline is NSFW ― not safe for whites.”
Since there are more people in Bismarck than on the reservation, Noah says, it’s possible the decision to reroute the pipeline was based strictly on numbers, not racial bias.
Still, he can’t help but wonder if there is a better alternative.
“It’s interesting to me that the people with the longest history of getting fucked over in America are the ones who are getting fucked over,” he said. “America has spent centuries moving native peoples from place to place. Maybe this one time you can be the ones who move.”