No one should take this as anything other than what it is…. FACT – it isn’t bashing women or attempting to denigrate them, but the reality is we usually only hear about a “brotherhood” when it comes to AIM – more specifically a “brotherhood of silence”, a FACT in it’s own right.
The reality of which is yet another undeniable FACT, undeniable as in the reality of a “sisterhood of silence” populated by women like Madonna Gilbert Thunderhawk, Lorelei Decora Means, and now deceased Pie Patrol matriarch Theda Nelson Clark.
Antagonists and participants in the events that led to the murder of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash.
Women, not men – Women, the gender the nations have always referred to as life givers, not life takers.
Women such as these are aberrations representing nothing more than camp followers, anathema to women of the nations and the contributions they have made – their efforts to insure our survival as a people.
A sisterhood of women so lacking a sense of self, of personal identity, they sought both in the company of murderers, rapists, and thieves.
I was raised to respect women, to recognize, celebrate, and support the differences between women and men, I believe I have lived my life in such a way.
But I was also taught that beyond a basic respect it becomes something either earned or withheld, and a responsibility lays with each individual to give or withhold as circumstances warrant.
I think that’s a precept, a life lesson many within AIM, their supporters, and the Peltierites have willfully chosen to ignore.
Ignore to what end? To gain what, a sense of self, of personal identity through association with murderers, rapists, and thieves?
If so what possible argument sustains this? Is it the one that the feds didn’t play fair and while we talk about being cut from a different cloth we do the same thing?
If a fed killed one our own should we then do likewise and kill one of our own?
What kind of madness is this? What part of tradition?
What woman, what life giver, supports, participates, or joins a sisterhood of silence in a situation such as this? What kind of woman heaps praise upon murderers, rapists, and thieves?
The answer? A woman not worthy of respect.
In today’s climate it may not be deemed to be “politically correct” to speak in a such a manner, but it is what it is and that’s the only thing that matters to me.