“Russell Means also sought to combat racist mascots in sports. As director of Cleveland’s chapter of AIM, he brought suit (which was eventually settled out of court) against the Cleveland Indians for the team’s stereotypical, dehumanizing mascot, which Means saw as an attack on American Indians’ cultural heritage. The fight to rid the team of its racist mascot continues to this day, and Cleveland’s AIM chapter has now been protesting the team for almost forty years.”
Settled out of court-what a laughable euphemism- sought to combat racism for that thirty five thousand dollar settlement he made and split with his homey Jerome Weitzel aka Jerome War Cloud prior to leaving town-none of which has ever been accounted for.
The original suit was for nine million dollars-but I guess Russell needed to cover moving expenses so he made a quick deal and settled for half of the thirty five K.
Anyone want to liken that to something Crazy Horse would have done?
Another servile attempt to whitewash history and make a silk purse out of sow’s ear as they say.
Means saw much more than an attack on culture-he saw dollar signs.The cultural implications were secondary to the money and only represented yet another money tree to pluck.
“HOW SMOOTH MUST BE THE LANGUAGE OF THE WHITES WHEN THEY CAN MAKE RIGHT LOOK LIKE WRONG AND WRONG LOOK LIKE RIGHT”.
Something Russell and AIM refined into an art form.
“Additionally, this is the same Russell Means who as Director of the Cleveland American Indian Movement filed a legitimate nine (9) million dollar lawsuit naming as defendant, Richard Jacobs, and the Cleveland Baseball Franchise due to their chief wahoo logo that promotes racism against Indian people.
Upon his first resignation from the Cleveland American Indian Movement, he directed his predecessor, Jerome Weitzel, a caucasion American, a wannabee now known as Jerome War Cloud whom on April 19, 1983 settled the suit out of court for $35,000, or 35,000 pieces of silver. When asked where the money went, Jerome Weitzel was very evasive as to where his $15,000 went, but divulged that Russell Means also received $15,000 which Russell now says went to a survival school which neither he, nor we, can substantiate. If it were not for the fact that this settlement agreement is so ridiculous that it would not be upheld in any court, it would undermine the work of the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media, and all others working on this issue.”
The Cleveland AIM chapter can protest all they want-but the reality is as a part of the “legacy” Means left with his “settlement” I don’t believe anything can be done about it now.