Masked White Men Threaten To 'F*** Up' Water Protectors

Several hate crimes against Native Americans in North Dakota are being documented on film amid ongoing protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

As the tumultuous battle against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline unfolds, stories of abuse against Native American water protectors have come to light.

As a result of one incident, Jesse McLain, 33, is facing two counts of “terrorizing” charges after he and another man — both wearing masks — blocked a car occupied by two water protectors at a Ramada Inn in Bismarck and proceeded to berate and threaten them.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe member Dean Dedman Jr. — also known as Shiye Bidziil — captured the confrontation on video, which has since gone viral.

WARNING: Video contains explicit language that may be unsuitable for some viewers. 

McLain and his associate were shouting “Take your protest [expletive] back home!” at the water protectors and yelled the threat, “Us North Dakota people are going to [expletive] you up!”  Democracy Now! reports.

The attack went on for several minutes; one guest at the hotel came out at the tail end and began recording the aftermath. He was able to capture the license plates of both of the masked men. He also endured threats from one of them who repeatedly asked if he wanted to “get f***ed up.”

WARNING: Video contains explicit language that may be unsuitable for some viewers. 

The men eventually drove off, but McLain was ultimately located and arrested.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. On Thursday night, three indigenous people driving near Standing Rock were harassed and chased by men in a pickup truck and other masked men on snowmobiles. The victims live streamed the incident on Facebook.

The attackers tried cutting them off and chased them up to 100 mph on icy, snow-covered roads, according to the New York Daily News.

These hate-driven intimidation strategies are reminiscent of the tactics used by the Ku Klux Klan of the Jim Crow South, who were known for confronting people of color in dangerous conditions, such as dark roadways, and for targeting individuals or people in pairs so that they would outnumber their victims.

Sadly, more than 50 years have passed since Jim Crow laws were abolished and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed, yet here we are in 2016 still witnessing this barbaric and hateful behavior toward people of color. 

Banner Photo Credit: Reuters

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