Others were going through the list of followers this blog has, something like a hundred and fifty, a decent number for a blog when looking around I think, and saying they believe I should publicize them like other blogs.
It’s never been about followers for me though I appreciate each one of them. It is about igniting a spark in readers that would lead them to do the math themselves and in doing so hopefully change the dynamic related to the issues this blog and similar sites address.
There’s been a protective element on my behalf in not publicizing them, unwarranted or perhaps over reactive, that may sound a little odd but the thought is spammers who frequent this blog could in turn begin to harass them – that has been the case for a few who have commented and have sites of their own, and I would be the first to say WP does an excellent job of identifying and allocating spam.
Attempts to minimize the blog have included comments that it is next on the list to be shut down, or that readership amounts to only a handful.
It will take something more than wishful thinking for this blog to be shut down and the stat numbers indicate a broad readership and respectable numbers.
The truth is that numbers will not impact any decisions related to the blog – if one visits or a thousand the message and the truth remains the same and will continue to be extolled.
It literally took decades for justice and closure to be achieved in the abduction murder of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash by the American Indian Movement, and then only a partial justice as none of the leadership have been indicted and that is where the order came from to kill Annie.
A leadership that has boasted nothing AIM related occurs on the rez without their consent or having authored it.
Even more time has elapsed for the family of Perry Ray Robinson Jr., another AIM victim, in their so far fruitless attempt to achieve the same.
Hidden unmarked graves populate the vicinity of what has become know as Wounded Knee 2, graves containing the remains of additional AIM victims.
This isn’t about a romanticized version of cowboys and Indians, of championing “underdogs”, it is about criminal activities committed by criminals from outright theft to rape and murder that would and should be addressed anywhere on this planet where they occur.
Our history as a people, the centuries of abuse and oppression, do not give a license to anyone from any of our nations to rampage and murder in our communities. To ransack, loot and destroy a village like Wounded Knee.
To hold elders as hostages, steal their possessions, or toss the wheelchair bound out of their home so an “office” can be created.
AIM for decades has played to a predominantly non indigenous white audience.
They have targeted this audience of choice for sympathy, support, and bilked them out of untold amounts of money counting on garnering support as the “underdogs”, relying on some ephemeral sense of “white guilt” to carry the day for them and in a very real way to insulate and protect.
Murderers masquerading as “spiritual leaders”, “medicine men”, “warriors and liberators” who have gone so far as to bestow the title of chief, or in Leonard Crow Dogs case “chief of chiefs” upon themselves. All of which amounts to nothing more than theater born of arrogance and driven by an unbridled greed to keep the donations flowing.
If as an individual it doesn’t upset you to be used in a such manner then then by all means continue, it is your right to do so. On the other hand if equity and social justice is a concern then ask the hard questions, be evenhanded in your analysis, as both equity and justice must begin within our communities before they can be affected elsewhere – they are a key that will unlock many doors.
If you are a follower of this blog I would appreciate your thoughts on whether to publicize the list or not – the ability to do so privately exists when making a comment. All that is needed is to qualify it by saying you consider your comment to be personal and not for publication, and I will respect that as I have many times in the past with others.
As to white guilt, the playing of that card, as I’ve said on several occasions I do not believe in a hereditary white guilt, guilt is earned by an individuals own actions, not those of an ancestor or the color of their skin.
I know good people in AIM whose hearts and concerns truly lay with the welfare of our people, but not a one of the leadership qualify – not a one of them has clean hands, and not a one of them possesses the love, respect, and genuine concern required to lead.
Every ethnicity extant has it’s origins in tribes, faced their own struggle to survive, that is a common ground all people share but often forgotten.
As a people our struggle continues, made all the more difficult by adversaries, petty warlords, within our own communities who would direct our course either by manipulation or force.
As a people maybe the best we can hope for is that others will not unwittingly aid and abet this so called leadership, a good starting point if that were to be the way of it.
A starting point that would allow us to restore the sanctity of our traditions and ceremonies by removing them from the marketplace – a starting point that would empower our communities to address the scourge of gangs, alcohol and substance abuse, and assist in empowering and restoring our women to their rightful position.
Healthy, secure, vibrant communities….isn’t that something we all want?