“What I would like to see is people with [traditional] knowledge to teach the small, little people how to grow up with pride. This generation is lost. My generation is lost − they’re assimilated. They don’t think like an Indian. What I’d like to see is our five-year-olds being taught their language, their songs, their games, their spirituality, their Indian, eh, their Indian-ness. I’d like to ask all the people out there to reclaim their culture − practice it, teach the children, and let’s reclaim our backbone, our culture and put some pride in our children.”
The above words were spoken by Harriet Nahanee who passed away in 2007 – the loss of another tradition based grandmother/elder the nations can ill afford.
It isn’t just the little ones who no longer think like an Indian, but a great many who were little ones when the AIM era of destruction and corruption began.
Pride….can be misplaced, manipulated, ego centric, inflated, and entirely unwarranted – but it is also an integral part of any culture.
An essential ingredient that contributes to communal well being and standing in opposition to assimilation blunting it’s advance – this is the pride Harriet spoke of.
Not tats proclaiming it, not alcoholism, substance abuse, dependency, gangs, or the likes of cultural genocidists such as the AIM leadership.
Not the selling and corruption of ceremonies that characterizes shaimsters like Leonard Crow Dog, Dennis Banks, Clyde Bellecourt, or the great bunco artist Russell Means.
Harriet was a diminutive grandmother, but more than that a true woman of the nations and proof that women can be as much a warrior as any man, and more than some, when the need arises.
We are more than sheep or cattle to be confined to pastures, we are the land.
Which brings me to this day, The 4th of July, and it’s significance for the nations:
People will be celebrating and watching the fireworks displays.
The children of our nations are no exception, no different than other children when it comes to such things, they too are captivated by the thunderous display of fireworks and I have no issue with that, but at some point they should also understand that as nations our Independence Day has yet to come, that the fireworks only represent bright lights in the night sky for us, for them….and for those who know and understand the history something entirely different.
Hopefully one day we as nations will have a comparable reason to celebrate, and in doing so will not have enslaved or oppressed anyone.
In the interim our little ones may watch and marvel if the opportunity presents itself while they too wait as do all within the nations.
Posted by rezinate on February 24, 2013
hosapa-the lakota word for black man. A word that can be spoken matter of factly or derisively, just as the word red man can -but for the purpose of this blog it should be seen in the context of a racist epithet related to murder of Perry Ray Robinson jr. at the event known as Wounded Knee 2.
For among other things the murder of Ray was precipitated in part on the basis that he was a black man.
A black man who came with good intent but refused to play the AIM game of warriors in picking up a gun or acknowledging that individuals like Leonard Crow Dog believed they held a racial superiority that demanded subservience.
Ray’s civil rights history is well known, worthy of respect, and speaks to a level of commitment that superceded concern for his own well being.
“One of the first Black civil rights workers into Jackson, Mississippi following the death of the three white civil rights workers, worked with CORE, worked with Martin Luther King, Jesse Jackson,attended Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Later went to Alabama bought 10 acres to start a healthy food farm, clinic, eduction on taking blood pressure, how to use infant formula properly in the poverty communities, house bombed three times by KKK, Navy veteran who took brothers older birth date in order to get in service as a young man with connections to Vietnam Veterans Against the War.
Was in Detroit a couple of times between 1968-73 following race riots working with Black Christian Church Movement, and down south with Clara and Jim Parker, Christian Socialist Movement in Atlanta,Georgia.
Lived in DC in Resurrection City following the Poor Peoples March. Went to Wounded Knee in late April, was not there the next day when one of the other people who came from Alabama with went in.”
I would say that’s quite a resume- I would also say if what befell Ray had befallen someone like Jesse Jackson there would have been a hue and cry to rival that following the murder of MLK.
Yet for completely inexplicable reasons it hasn’t. Hasn’t for going on four decades-not a word from CORE, the BCCM, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Al Sharpton, the Congressional Black Caucus, or Stan Holder the U.S.A.G.
No inclusion in black history month studies, and I’m willing to bet the majority of the black community both young and old don’t even know Ray’s name.
Even more bizarre to me is Whoopi Goldberg’s tweets related to Russell Means in his passing-tweets effusive in praise, and lacking any reference to Ray.
Could be Whoopi didn’t know about Ray-but she became aware of him and the facts surrounding his murder in short order as others responded. Yet as far as I know Whoopi hasn’t availed herself of the national audience her position on The View allows to focus any attention on Perry Ray Robinson Jr.
So the pervasive silence continues, and the burning question must be why? More to the point, why is Ray so studiously ignored by black leadership and celebrities when they can and will demand justice for other murders committed during that time period and farther back?
Why does Al Sharpton, who holds an anchor position on MSNBC, and frequently submits articles to the Huffington Post never speak to the murder of Ray Robinson when he will about any other thing that crosses his mind?
Why won’t Hollywood actor and social activist Danny Glover, who will campaign for what he refers to as “justice” for Peltier seek the same for Ray and his family?
Why won’t Pete Seeger, Jackson Browne, and other music industry luminaries write a song for Ray, or speak in his behalf? Would doing so cast a different light on AIM and by extention Peltier as well?
Have they selectively chosen one of several AIM authored stories? Stories like Carter Camp’s multiple and conflicting versions who has even gone on to say Ray was “caught” and murdered by the FBI or the GOONs in a kind of multiple choice pick one or both as a personal preference?
Why won’t hip hop artists who frequently lace their lyrics with references to social issues do likewise with the social issue of Ray?
Obviously it serves the purpose of AIM to relegate Ray to the dustbin of history having consigned him to an unmarked grave and the lies and propaganda they have authored related to his murder-but what purpose does it serve for any other-any hosapa to do likewise?
In the end when thinking about all this I wind up asking myself who actually buys into all this BS, and what is the motivation of those who do?
James Brown did a song-Say It I’m loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud-the black community should be saying Ray was black and they’re proud of him-and Ray needs to get what he deserves-Justice.