Oil Export and White Supremacy in Washington State
A Brief Synopsis of the Players Involved
By Jay Taber
Now that the battles over oil export at March Point, Washington State, have begun between the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and oil refineries owned by Shell and Tesoro, 350 has taken on the role of agent provocateur. The fact that Warren Buffett—owner of BNSF Railway, and partner in oil export with the refineries—is also a major funder of 350 via TIDES Foundation, has been actively covered up by both mainstream and alternative media.
Through its Break Free stealth campaign, 350 is now luring environmental activists into unlawful acts, that are likely to create a public backlash against environmentalists and the Indian tribes. The publicly stated intent of Break Free to close down refineries altogether threatens the livelihood of refinery workers, and threatens to disrupt all transportation in Washington State.
This escalation of hostilities–that alienates the public–is bound to attract Tea Party and violent white supremacist attention, and indeed, Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA)—the “Ku Klux Klan of Indian Country”—has already been involved in inciting the anti-Indian movement in Washington State over fossil fuel export. Anti-Indian, Tea Party-led PACs, in 2013, received $149,000 from a coal export consortium—that included BNSF—over the battle at Cherry Point.
[Jay Thomas Taber is an associate scholar of the Center for World Indigenous Studies and a contributing editor of Fourth World Journal. Since 1994, he has served as communications director at Public Good Project, a volunteer network of researchers, analysts and journalists defending democracy. As a consultant, he has assisted Indigenous peoples in the European Court of Human Rights and at the United Nations.]