AIM has a history of accepting money from anyone, doesn’t matter who they are, what country it comes from, or what the ideology is.
The CPUSA, CPC, foreign oppressive governments, or even gangs involved in trafficking drugs and guns, it’s all good, it’s coin of the realm, and it all spends.
How much of this went to enhancing the lifestyles of the leadership may never be known, but it’s a save bet to say a good percentage of it did.
Now I believe it’s possible for the rich to have a genuine concern for the disenfranchised and poverty stricken or engage in philanthropy.
But I also believe there are those who do for less than purely charitable reasons – they do so with an eye to public relations and tax deductions.
Call me cynical but I honestly believe that and would say televangelists for one are a classic example.
It isn’t an anomaly for pride, arrogance, and greed to accompany the acquisition of any degree of wealth or stature, nor to devote an increased amount of time in the acquisition of more and concern about maintaining what has been acquired.
The AIM leadership always sought celebrity, it is what drove them above all else – and with that celebrity came the pursuit of the associated trappings.
The more celebrity an individual had, the higher up the ladder they were, the more bling from boasting of only flying first class to owning multiple residences.
A far cry from the reality of the poverty and need they pimped for personal gain.
I’ve never had any respect for the AIM leadership, and if it’s possible I have even less now – if the surviving members could miraculously do a one eighty it would be too little too late, the die was cast and the damage done long ago and then perpetuated.
Marching around waving banners for a thug convicted of murder doesn’t impress me, nor does murdering a diminutive woman by the name of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash or a civil rights worker by the name of Perry Ray Robinson jr.
I’m not impressed by the unmarked graves of AIM’s numerous victims or the sacking and looting that was Wounded Knee 2 regardless of how it is portrayed and not a stretch to liken it to the descent of Quantrill’s raiders upon Lawrence, Kansas though fortunately the body count wasn’t as high.
For all the for profit ruminations of tradition and ceremony the leadership one and all could serve as the equivalent of that old public service announcement of “this is your brain on drugs” requiring only a minor edit to say “this is your brain on colonization”, a philosophical colonization that placed the emphasis on acquisition over that of service…… but then I suppose “this is your brain on AIM” works also.