When as a nation you have been powerless for generations the acquisition of any degree of power can go to your head.
That was and is true of the AIM leadership, but it is also true of Dick Wilson and some who currently hold the reigns of tribal government.
Wilson has been characterized as a “progressive” depending on who you talk to, but I see nothing progressive about self enrichment at the expense of others, nepotism, cronyism, or establishing oneself as an oppressive warlord.
For AIM to point the finger at Wilson though amounts to little more than the pot calling the kettle black as they shared the same ideology, all that differed was the rhetoric assigned to it – not the approach, which included murder and a reign of terror as they both had their own goon squads leaving no moral high ground for either to claim.
One ostensibly backed by the government and the other by entities like the CPUSA and drug money.
To say that Wilson sold out, that he pimped his own people doesn’t convey a sense of the negative impact he had, the damage he did, no more so than saying the same of AIM as the leadership and their cohorts were cut from the same cloth.
Affectations pale in the light of deeds – Wilson with his close cropped hair and adoption of colonial ways, and AIM with it’s braids and feathers and similar adoption of colonial ways, two versions of the same story, two peas from the same pod.
An act of pantomime long since having grown tiresome.
In AIM’s case it is Kabuki with feathers and exaggerated expressions – in Wilson’s it lacked only the makeup and posturing AIM is noted for.
As a people it has become something of a dictum to say never again when it comes to the genocide, the theft of our children, and the abuses we have faced – I think we would do well to say never again when it comes to the likes of individuals like Wilson and the AIM leadership.