A Monumental Dispute in the Hamptons | The Daily Show

A Monumental Dispute in the Hamptons | The Daily Show

– Everyone has heard
of the Hamptons. It’s where New York’s rich and
famous get their summer on. But these past few months, the Hamptons has also been
the home of a major dispute. Michael Kosta has more. – When you think
of the Hamptons, you think of pristine
beaches, cold rose, and dressing up as a caterer to sneak into Billy
Joel’s Labor Day party. But the Hamptons also
have a dark side, an ancient conflict between
the white man and his mansions and the Shinnecock, a Native
tribe who live next door on their ancestral lands. Now the conflict
is erupting again as the Shinnecock have erected
a giant tribal monument on the only road
into the Hamptons. I went to find out how
an Indigenous symbol could raise tensions in a place with the world’s highest
concentration of NPR tote bags. – It is kind of an eyesore. You know, you come here
for its beautiful nature and environment and to see
that, it’s just out of place. – Very obtrusive
and distracting. – Okay– – It’s so big. There’s so much to kinda
cover, from top to bottom. – It’s distracting and so it
could be potentially dangerous for any of the drivers. – [Michael] Okay,
it’s potentially
dangerous for drivers, but that’s not the
main objection. – I believe that it doesn’t
allow you to maintain the purity of an enclave here. – When white people start
talking about purity, even I get a little creeped out. But many of these Hamptonites
really believe the monument infringes on their spiritual
connection to the land. To get the tribe’s perspective, I met with Chairman
Bryan Polite. And no, I’m not gonna
make fun of his name, that would be rude. Bryan, thank you
for sitting down. I know you’ve had some bad
experiences with the white man, but I come in peace. – Hey man, we’re
all about peace. – The people of
Southampton are saying that due to your monument, their way of life
is under attack. (laughs) You’re laughing, okay. – That’s just laughable. We’re a sovereign nation
and they have no authority to tell us what we can and
cannot do on our tribal land. – What was the reaction
within the tribe when the monument went up? – Very happy. We’re the forgotten
people of the Hamptons, so now we have our marker on
the Gateway to the Hamptons, reminding people that they’re
all visitors on our land. – Clearly, the monument
is a source of pride, but what is it? Could it be a totem, a rock carving or an
ancient burial mound? I couldn’t wait to experience this mysterious tribal
monument for myself. (suspenseful music) Holy shit, it’s a billboard. (dramatic instrumental music) I’ve never seen anything so big. I mean, I have, but
it’s pretty big. So these Natives
are using capitalism to ruin the white man’s sacred
way of living with nature. Talk about cultural
appropriation. This tribal monument looks a lot like an
electronic billboard. – If you ask anybody on
the Shinnecock Nation, we’ll say it’s a monument. – Let’s call it what it is, this monument is
your side hustle. You’re making some
extra money on the side. – It’s a monument to
our overcoming adversity and saying that
we’re still here. But also we need money for
education, police department, playgrounds, social programs, so it’ll have an immediate
economic impact to the Nation. – How much of this monument
is economics for the tribe and how much of it is kind of a fuck you to
the Hampton residents? – Well, I think it’s
a little bit of both. – Now, you see that’s
not very polite. – Every time somebody builds a McMansion on our
ancestor’s bones or plays golf on our
ancestor’s bones, that’s a big F you to us,
so if we can feed our people and at the same time
stick it to a town that’s stuck it to us
for the last 375 years, so much the better. – Okay, so I just want you to
know that no more golf for me. – Thank you. – [Michael] In response
to the monument, white people have been sharing an important part of
their culture, lawsuits. Members of the tribal see these as part of a long
pattern of oppression. – There’s some restitution and reparations
that have to be made and this sign is pointing
to it, the time is now. – It’s horrible, the way
we’ve been treated since 1640. Yeah, I can go into town
and I can mow your lawn and I can scrub your toilet and I can pretend
like it’s okay. No more. Come to my reservation and see why this is so
important to make a stand. – [Michael] As a white man, facing a 400 year legacy of
injustice, racism, and poverty made me feel like a
total piece of shit. But gazing across the
bay at Calvin Klein’s $75 million
mega-mansion, it hit me. Maybe I could be the guy
in that Kevin Costner movie and bring a message of
peace to the palefaces and I knew the perfect
way to reach ’em. (mellow jazz music) Problem solved. (audience applauds)
(audience cheers) – Michael Kosta, everyone. (upbeat jazzy music)

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  1. How are you gonna be mad about a damn BILLBOARD. I see billboards everywhere but somehow THIS is a problem. Gtfoh. They had me thinking there’s a giant sculpture in the middle of the road

  2. Let's recall that in the Hamptons, at LEAST 85% of these rich white people are liberals who constantly virtue signal about how woke they are and accuse Republicans of being racist

  3. How 'bout a redo on all that extermination and forced assimilation, but this time we get the fake Americans instead of the real ones???

  4. Native Americans: Puts electronic billboard up.
    White People: We took your land & we'll take your billboard too. Only because we didn't think of promoting The Hamptons like that first.

  5. What's truly sad is that the tribe is in need of money in the first place with the Hamptons right there. Talk about economic inequality…

  6. Those Hamptonites really need a lesson in ' get over it.' It's just a sign on the side of the road that takes a second to pass. No one says you have to look at it, anyway and if that sign is a distraction to drivers then they shouldn't have a license to begin with. How petty.

  7. talking about rosé while holding a glass of white wine… Anyway I really didn't get this and I don't think it's because of english not being my mother tongue. Like white people aren't happy with a billboard that tries to sell real estate ? And pretend it's dangerous ? Isn't it a place filled with rich douchebags ? They should get a life… Wow… Priviledge definitely doesn't make people smart…

  8. if I cant be reminded of the shinnecock and their tribe, I don't want to be reminded about Robert Moses either or his destruction of many homes people lived in. Im not complaining about all the white names on all the parkways and bridges that were forced to cross with an ez pass or pay a ridiculous fine for in the same state of travel. Selfish Thieves.

  9. is it just me or do the natives look washed out, they are barely 5% of the "native" they claim what happens to the real native people, They look different the minute you look at them. They look like mostly europeans or asian descendants . We need real native peeps

  10. I was accepted into a grad program in Southampton, but after visiting the campus I gotta say: it’s boring as fuck there. Plus, you’re like this close to NYC, yet it takes over an hour to get there by train. Also, I literally had no cell phone service the whole time and I needed to make an emergency call home my final night there. The Hamptons get a 2/10, would not recommend.

  11. why am i not surprised that you can only get racist comment about the 'monument' from old white folks?i bet costa asked the younger one,and i bet that they gave their support to the 'monument' ie: not funny enough to be put in this segment.

  12. why are these people bitching about a billboard? especially one that has a significant meaning. bet you none of them mind a giant billboard with a fake McDonald's burger on it!

  13. Wtf? These white people were being dramatic about a fucking billboard? There are huge billboards every where. They need to just be honest and say they dont like the fact that natives are doing this.

  14. Well technically, all of the US is stolen land. From the Natives, from Mexico, from Spain, from the Hawaiians, from Alaska natives…

  15. Take down the monument but the rich people have to give up 75% of they're income and everyone is happy. Whats that? The rich people take it back? It was a stupid idea? They've been paying someone to think for them? I knew it

  16. Bryan Polite and that indigenous community pulled a baller move! Using capitalism to troll the very people that benefit the most from it.

  17. This is an example of what generations of self-righteous privilege does to a society that believed itself "divinely ordained" to forcibly evict and murder a continent's worth of people, using the excuses of "providence" and "manifest destiny." This is why we have to push for social reform and, most importantly, social justice, and why the right needs to willingly turn away from their time of pushing white Christian privilege through oppression of all others.

  18. The rich white people diss on capitalism when most of them profit from capitalism. Sometimes I feel so embarrassed to be white when it comes to their logic. I say respect the tribe. 😑

  19. Ya know what else was obtrusive and destructive? White people when they came to this land. Can we as white people just leave Native Americans alone?

  20. The irony that everyone in the comments claims to be too good to do this sort of thing but would absolutely do this sort of thing if they lived in the hamptons. You are no angels. You are just as bad as the devils you outcry against.

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