“With two AIMsters, I made a plan. When the verdict was announced, they would shoot the jury and I would kill the prosecutors and the judge. Then we would take white women for hostages, tape guns to their throats and make a run for it.
Killing them would have been a strike at injustice, a calculated expression of frustration and rage that could no longer be contained. In my anger, I didn’t see them as individuals or even as human beings.”…Russell Means
Saw this on the Leonard Peltier Still Guilty site and although familiar with it, it set me to thinking how this has pretty much been the way of it with Russell-doesn’t seem as though any have been seen as human beings, not even the nations, only stepping stones, a means to a personal end.
Note here Russell references “white women”, singles them out as targets, and yet it is predominantly white people who are enamored, who fill the hat when it is passed, and raise a pathetic fist in a comical display of masochistic solidarity-it is predominately white women who gush in response to his matriarchal “lessons”-a profound mystery to me.
Russell’s penchant has been to be for what he has been against, and against what he has been for-like the sovereignty and jurisdictional Chinle issue-that ongoing reset button subject to his take on what topic will garner the greatest approval rating, the most attention, and serve him the best.
The life, the future, of a single indigenous child has more value, a greater merit than that of Means and his cohorts combined-maybe someday “activists” will come to understand and accept that.
Maybe some day they will come to understand that millions requested to erect a monument to deception in Minnesota would accomplish significantly more if used as seed money for the development of rez based businesses and infrastructure, funding for centers to provide care and housing for abused women and children.
In lieu of any of the above how about dividing this sum up proportionately as rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of “liberators” in the deaths of Annie Mae, Ray Robinson, and those known and unknown victims of WK2?
To segue a little I would add the following quote:
“A woman is like a tea bag – only in hot water do you realize how strong she is” ……… Nancy Reagan
Not just our women, but all women have been in hot water for some time at the hands of men-I’m pleased to see their strength beginning to manifest itself, and would encourage all who would gain an insight into the nations
to listen a little more closely to their voices-to in the least give them equal consideration.
The following link works on Goggle-but at least on my end Yahoo seems to have it’s typical difficulties. This link takes the reader to an FB site that relates a compelling story and sheds further light on the truth about AIM and Wounded Knee 2. The author speaks of forgiveness and new beginnings , there is merit in doing do so-but I would add that forgiveness is predicated upon honesty and admission-neither of which are AIM characteristics, and certainly not that of the “liberators” and “walkers and talkers”.
My personal opinion is that they can still deservedly go straight to hell without stopping to pick up the usual monetary incentive.