My good fortune that ignorance isn’t terminal, rather something that can be remediated and reversed.
There was a time when I LOATHED all things white, even down to a bar of soap. An inclusive, all encompassing ignorance.
In retrospect I’ve come to the conclusion it was primarily the result of an “us against them” mentality and that reason or logic had little to do with it.
I never was an AIM believer as I saw what they were about-and that would be money and celebrity. I know rank and file AIM members-those who are actually doing good things in their community and aren’t enamored of leadership-these are good people, the majority of which you will never hear of.
Peltier is another story-I climbed onboard the donkey express and initially bought into the bs -but I see too that was a part of the us against them thing, and I know all too well the necessity to either deny or ignore the troubling truths that arise if one is to remain a Peltier loyalist.
The wake up call was three fold-to begin with I believe it was the Mr.X story that immediately struck me as bogus-the “mystery man” so cliche and shopworn only a child would go for it.
But I think I reacted to it in the same way many have-well, it’s a lie, but an “innocent” man is doing what he can to regain his freedom-so it was forgivable.
Despite the fact that it has been shown to be an outright lie to such an extent that even Peltier and LPDOC no longer wave it around others still buy into it-an example of ignorance.
I was struck by the fact that if such a lie could be so vigorously promoted as a truth what other lies existed? And so I began to dig rather than listen- and the more I dug the more it became evident that Peltier’s “innocence” was a charade morphing into a Capitalist venture-a charade necessary to to protect AIM and the “liberators”.
I saw numerous instances of outright lies and distortions emanating from LPDOC-one of significance was the ejected shell casing where it was repeatedly claimed it did not come from Peltier’s weapon, that it had been “proven” it didn’t-all that was necessary to see the lie of that was to invest a little time in reviewing the actual documents and rulings of the procedure that addressed it-to see that LPDOC’s own ballistics expert never uttered so much as a dissenting word during that procedure-offered nothing in contradiction.
In all of this I had to ask myself if innocence depends on lies?-and acknowledge it does not.
All this digging and rooting around led to me Annie Mae and one overriding question-if Peltier was willing to interrogate her at gunpoint the inescapable conclusion that he was willing to murder her if he wasn’t satisfied with the responses served to bring Peltier into sharper focus as nothing more than a common thug.
Peltier is where he belongs- a man as ignorant as those who support him based on a legacy of lies and propaganda-a willingness to deny or avoid the questions that in answering them exposes the myth to be nothing more than bathroom wall graffiti.
In the end despite shopping at the Acme Supply Co.with his friend Wile E., and being even more inept, it was the gravity of truth that brought Peltier down-the same gravity that will bring others down- a day I look forward to.