Whether or not his lineage is true, or whatever backbiting happens in the community, you have to let that go. No person is perfect. Russell Means was a famous face that could bring attention to the plight of all peoples. It doesn’t really matter what his bloodwork says, or what some documents say, or what other people say about the human behind the concepts. He was a positive influence as much as he was a negative influence. Nit pick about whatever you want, but Russell did what he thought was right, and he preached a lot of great things. Again, not perfect, but I ask that you not throw stones. I doubt you are perfect either.
db-not being perfect myself and never having expected it of anyone, I’ve attempted
to live my life with a measure of integrity and principles- I don’t think that is
too much to expect of someone who attempts to portray themselves as a leader or
AIM’s desire has always been for people “to let that go”-to let go and forget the
rampage at WK2, the murders of Annie Mae, Ray Robinson, and countless others-all
which occurred as they were doing what they thought was “right”.
These things are never right under any pretext-and when what remains of the AIM
leadership lets go of the lies and accepts responsibility for their actions, then,
and only then will I let go of what you so cavalierly refer to as nitpicking.
Russell Means was an unrepentant liar and con artist-if you are able to find a
“lot of good things in that” it is your choice to do so, but I beg to differ.
That is not to say that you have to forgive or forget what has happened in the past, buy it is best to accept it for what it is. There is no changing what happened in any of the circumstances you mention. How does AIM move forward is the real question. Letting go of that past to not let it cloud the present, and working constructively toward a brighter future.
As for Russell, he may have lied, he may have used certain things to his own personal advantage, but name me a leader who has not.
A peoples movement that recognizes and empowers the individual, a movement
that seeks direction either by consensus or majority and not by the
arbitrary decisions of a select few sitting at the top.
A novel concept for AIM and it’s leadership, but long past due.
It moves forward by a leadership whose hallmark is truthfulness and integrity, not self enrichment or the pursuit of power, celebrity, and self enrichment.
Something not a one of the leadership is known for.
If it is merely a matter or forgiving and forgetting then we should all
set aside the injustices of the past-we should forgive and forget about
the inequities of treaties and the violation of them.
We shouldn’t rail about the rape of our women at the hands of non indigenous
while making excuses for such things if the perpetrater is one of our own.
But if we were to do that there would be no forward movement, no bright future, much the same
as there will be none until AIM is held accountable.
In the “to accept it for what it is” nothing is remediated, wounds aren’t
healed, and the justice graves cry out for is not obtained. It amounts to a
free pass, and in a very real sense a license to kill, a continuation of
pimping the poverty and misery of the nations.
My understanding of forgiveness is that it is interactive-admissions are made,
an act of contrition occurs in doing so, and an understanding that the offense
will not be repeated.
AIM and it’s leadership have never done so-they instead have fabricated lie
upon lie, never accepted responsibility for anything, and continue in the same
vein as they always have.
None of the leadership is worthy of forgiving and forgetting-they are not
representative of either the nations or tradition, and have become indistinguishable
from the greed and corruption so characteristic of the very system they claim to
stand in opposition of.
Accepting this is far from being the “best” choice-it is surrender, an admission of
defeat, another bogus treaty made with self serving oppressors-and in my opinion this
rhetorical question you ask of “As for Russell, he may have lied, he may have used
certain things to his own personal advantage, but name me a leader who has not.”
impugns the name and memory of a great many of the nations fallen leaders.
AIM is an incorporated business replete with it’s own fat, bloated, living high on
the hog CEOs -as such the focus is on the profit margin and trickle up economics where
wealth and well being migrates to the top.
COMMENTS FROM THE BLOG PHILIP NOLAN