No one holds a gun to anyone’s head to make them commit rape, no one holds a gun to anyone’s head to make them drink or involve themselves with drugs, no one holds a gun to anyone’s head to make them physically or verbally abuse an Elder, a child, or woman. No one held a gun to anyone one’s head to make them hold one to Annie Mae’s-and no one wants to “be free to be responsible” enough to actually accept responsibility as Russell so likes to intone.
The truth of the matter is the reverse, guns are being held to the people’s heads figuratively and perhaps literally in some instances by gangs, drug pushers, rapists, pedophiles, abusers, addicts, and alcoholics, do nothing tribal governments, and celebrity leaders.
I know too well the conditions on the rez and the environment they create, but there has been enough surrendering of dignity and tradition, too much induced suffering to employ those conditions as an excuse for personal choices or offenses committed.
If any disagree with this then I would ask them to explain how others did not make the same choices, how others who have made the wrong choices have since reversed course? How a child born into poverty on the rez with nothing, and living in these same conditions does not become a rapist or substance abuser, or has a dream, acquires an education, and succeeds?
To cover this all with some kind of one size fits all immunity bestowed by conditions is little more than enabling and perpetuating, and as long as that continues not much is going to change-that is the reality.
Think of the money spent on alcohol and drugs annually that could have been directed to other areas that would have filled a beneficial purpose for communities, and then ask yourself if that is acceptable? If it isn’t ask yourself what excuse is sufficient to cover it? What set of circumstances or conditions? I can think of none that exonerate.
To me it is like saying that looters in the time of crisis are not to be assigned any blame because of the conditions, that armies who rampage and pillage in times of war have no guilt because of conditions. Too thin for me.
Drug and alcohol treatment are a burning necessity-but such programs begin with
those participating accepting personal responsibility-they are not coddled and their
actions are not excused.
AA or Narconon for example, when a person introduces themself -they begin with My name
is so and so, and I’m an alcoholic/addict-that’s called accepting personal responsibility,
they don’t say My name is so and so and I am an alcoholic/addict but I’m have no responsibility because of this or that. That’s called denial and avoidance behaviour.
I’ve been around too many drunks and dopers, experienced it in my own home as a child, seen too many fractured families, wounded children, broken women, and abused elders to cede so much as an inch to any who make excuses. You want to talk about conditions, fine, you want to talk about excuses, save your breath.
If that upsets anyone I offer no apology and say instead to open their eyes and take a long hard look around and then tell that raped or abused child or woman that the one who did this to them isn’t to blame-that it is the perpetrator who is the victim-see how far that gets you. Tell that hungry child there is no food or milk because the moneys been spent on drugs or alcohol. See if it makes you or them feel better-then tune into a video production about matriarchy and the sacred nature of children and compare those to the reality.
The differences between the physical reality and the fantasy productions for self advancement are what ought to anger you. The fact that any suffer at the hands of their own ought to anger you, the fact that the hearts and the welfare of the nations women and children are being systematically ravaged ought to anger you.
It is difficult enough to fight an external enemy without having to fight an internal one at the
same time-and regardless of who likes it’s or who doesn’t, gangs, rapists, pedophiles, and abusers among the nations are in my view as much an enemy as any other, and they should be treated as such-that is tradition, that is the way it was.
Below several quotes from the crimereport.org-none of this remotely resembles “native pride” to me.
“A medic, Neil Phair, wraps his head in gauze. Blue Bird, a skinny 25-year-old with a buzz cut, mustache and “Native Pride” inked on his arm, grimaces when asked what happened.A fight, he mumbles. Hit with a wooden bat. Been drinking. But I’m tough!Phair rolls his eyes. It’s 3 a.m. The night so far is slow – one stabbing, two hours earlier – and this call, like most others, began with a beer.
=> “It becomes a way of life,” Phair says. “They expect it. They’re ready for it. An ambulance showing up at the house is normal.”<=
The worst drinkers are so addicted, Phair says, that emergency responders adhere to a general rule of thumb.
Those who blow above a .450 on a breathalyzer – more than five times the South Dakota driving limit – go to the hospital. Anyone with a lower reading and no other problems goes to jail. Some regulars are known to suffer withdrawal seizures if their level drops below .200.
The regulars of Whiteclay come simply to drink, loiter, laugh, fight, hustle change, and forget their lives.
Every Monday through Saturday, they arrive at 8 a.m. for “roll call.” A local faith ministry serves breakfast.
Then, drinks. The crowd grows. Two men sneak their booze into a gutted house …
Jolene Black Elk points to the scar on her neck, an inch from her windpipe, where she says her boyfriend stabbed her in an alcohol-fueled rage. She talks about her teenage years on “the rez,” drinking and drugging, and the night she was raped. As night descends on Whiteclay, she warns a writer and photographer to stay close: “You guys are gonna
Posted by White Eyes
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 07:47
That’s all we ever do and all we ever hear is blame the white people. “They sold it to us” is our excuse. To say we don’t know any better is a bigger insult to us than anything from the white people. They aren’t pooring it down our throats, our people are posioning themselves on their own. If we want to get rid of the white businesses in White Clay and other places
we have to get our people to take pride in themselves and stop drinking. It’s our own fault and until we take responsibility for our drinking and quit blaming it on someone else it won’t get better. We have to heal ourselves!!!!