Out of concern for Russell’s family members I took a poll of sorts in sending this to a few blog followers asking for their opinion-all but one who failed to respond did so in an affirmative manner, and so I have decided to post it:
When asked how he felt about the passing of Vernon Bellecourt in October of 2007 Means had this to say:
“I said I was saddened for his passing, but I’d wanted him arrested, in prison, held responsible, and then he can die.”
I echo those sentiments in regard to Russell, I wouldn’t wish the illness he faces upon anyone, but it doesn’t alter history or accountability. And if that’s good enough for the liberator it’s good enough for me.
In the very least if one is to believe he knows who Annie’s murderer is as he has stated recently, but won’t divulge their identity due to a promise given, he is guilty of aiding and betting. The reality is he is either lying now or when he named Graham, Bellecourt, etal- unless he excluded Banks and/or others.
Does anyone seriously believe that any of that group were unaware for decades only to suddenly find out in time to address it at the Branscombe news conference?
If that is removed from the equation then he should be prosecuted along with others for the endless list of crimes committed at WK2-crimes that included looting, robbery, arson, theft and destruction of property, illegal detention, and the murder of Ray Robinson and those in the unmarked graves.
Anyone with an IQ above 40 would understand that the AIM hierarchy knew full well the details and circumstances surrounding the abduction, rape, and murder of Annie Mae, their prolonged silence and unwillingness to actively participate in the resolution speaks directly to that and qualifies as obstruction.
We all are born, live, and die-what defines us is not just what we do in the interim between birth and death but how and for what purpose. A further definition is in the manner in which we depart if given time to speak the truth and correct past misdeeds. That for me will be a part of the legacy Russell leaves if he passes on-either some form of honesty and integrity, or a continuation of looking out for himself.
Russell and the AIM leaders have always sought some degree of immortality, a remembrance -it’s up to them to decide what they will be remembered for, and easy enough for any of them to say they will return as lightning, a common phenomena, just as birds and leaves of grass are-it’s going to take something more than that though for those whose IQ is higher than 40 to believe or be impressed.
Will what I have said arouse anger? No doubt with some-with others they will understand the intent and truth of it, but either way I have said what I believe and will not alter a single word of it.
I would have Russell live, so he can be held responsible for his actions just as he said of Vernon. I would have him live to be exposed and disgraced. I would have whatever immunity he may have removed. I would have them all live long enough to be held accountable.
It is a difficult time for his family members-no less so than it was for Vernon’s. Apparently that wasn’t a consideration for Russell when he spoke the above, and so in Russell’s case it shouldn’t be either, though I wish them strength and peace.