Russell Means book Where Whitemen Fear To Tread has been promoted as a seminal work, an insider look at the struggles of indigenous people among other things-this mostly by a fawning over the top liberal press apparently in the throes of “white guilt”.
Below is another review that points out the many discrepancies and the bloated self image Means had-the all for me mentality.
Found it interesting and worth blogging.
I would be interested in hearing what “BlackByrd” has to say about the murder of Perry Ray Robinson Jr. at the hands of AIM. Or Dennis Banks role in it and his order to Cris Westerman to dispose of Ray’s body?
Reviewer: Richard W. Byrd “BlackByrd”, Bronx, New York, United States
“I am an African-American male product of the struggles for humanity in the 60’s.
I started Russell Mean’s book with great anticipation and finished it with unbridled disgust. Where do I begin? Means lies when he says AIM started the community patrols before anyone, including the Guardian Angels and the Nation of Islam.
Fact:The patrols were started by the Black Panther party when Means was still dealing drugs, and being an all the way live drunk. He talks of the confrontation at the BIA building and uses it to propagate his anti-black racist venom. Through the book most African-Americans are depicted as reactionaries and/or fools. Means goes on to lie, how Indians would marry slaves and prefer to go into slavery than suffer the injustices of being Indian.
Fact:Means trivializes the holocaust my people suffered. In Dennis Bank’s book he cites the support the African-American community provided during the liberation of the BIA building. Means gets his cookies off vilifying and insulting and denigrating people who, because of our shared oppression in this country, should be his natural allies, While excusing blatant racists like McGovern and Janklow, and allowing himself to turn tricks for Larry Flynt. See Russell whore for 30 pieces and all the butt he can kiss. When one
reads this book you get the impression there would be no AIM without Russell Means.
Every good idea is his, the people are lost sheep without him, talk about mendacious megalomania.
Even white supremacists groups are given a greater degree of empathy then the African community.
Live a black person in America and see how great life is. This short sighted fool cannot recognize people who have a common oppressor because of his reactionary racist tendencies.
He condemns the black cops who did the oppressors biding during the BIA liberation, asking how they could allow themselves to be used to harm another disenfranchised people. Yet he cannot see the similarities with those Indians mercenaries who served in Vietnam and participated in the murder of a people who were fighting for their own destiny. This myopic egomaniac sees nothing wrong in murdering Vietnamese for U.S. imperialism. Not one Indian was killed by those D.C. cops.
To reiterate Means neglects to mention how during the BIA liberation, the African American community provided food and spiritual support, and also at Yellow Thunder Camp. It is of course a black man lacking character, which leads one to conclude Means is the worst type of anti-black racist, the racist who comes from the wretched of the earth. In conclusion despite Mean’s facade at heart, he is still a macintosh, a red and green apple (since this parasite will sell his soul for white money, despite his declarations to the contrary), but white to the core.
Editor’s Note: Russell Means entitled his book, “Where White Men Fear to Tread” and the reason is the crap is so deep in the book, no one could “tread” through it.”