Having received the below link from a sister what I’m about to say may not resonate with some.
I found the word “soft” when used to describe the choice of words employed by those who wrote the history and as taught in the classroom an apt description.
It’s a good opinion piece, a little over the top profanity wise but I view that as a forgivable editorial device.
Nonetheless when it comes to “soft” words and an inaccurate recounting of history I think it imperative for the nations at large to examine the “soft” words and the manipulation of history related to AIM.
Founders when applied to the euro boat people is a euphemism for an invading horde bent on acquisition, destruction, and subjugation – I think the same can be said of the “founders” of the American Indian Movement.
“Patriots” can only be viewed in a context restricted to the social realm, ideology, and mores of any group of people- to the “settlers” those who sought independence qualified as patriots and it didn’t matter what approach was taken with the indigenous people of this land.
It’s Charmin soft to speak in terms of patriots, liberators, and being victims when it comes to the AIM leadership considering the history.
There was nothing soft about the destruction, pillaging, rapes and murders that took place at what has become known as Wounded Knee 2.
There’s a pronounced softness in commemorating the anniversary of WK2 as an act of “liberation”.
There is nothing soft about the greed the leadership has displayed, the pimping of poverty, or the marketing of tradition and ceremonies.
Do Native Lives Matter? Of course they do, just as the lives of others do as well and I’m all for confronting those who murder and abuse whether they wear a badge and a gun or not….dead is dead and murder is murder, that’s the bottom line.
How about the lives of the literally hundreds, even thousands of missing indigenous women, or the lives of our children in alcohol or drug riddled homes?
Do their lives only matter if they’re shot in the back by a cop?
How about the native lives of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash, Buddy Lamont, Nogeeshik Aquash, and countless others?
If lives truly matter then the issue of black on black, red on red, yellow on yellow, brown on brown, and white on white crimes of murder and abuse are equally important and require the same attention.
Failing to do so makes a mockery of lives matter and relegates it to the latest meme.
AIM undoubtedly will do everything in their power to thrust themselves into the forefront of Lives Matter, when they do they should be reminded that red lives matter as well – Banks may even don another hoodie to capture the moment – with their soft history they need to step aside – we’ve had enough people killing us without AIM adding to the body count.
We need to know AIM’s bullshit and lies, we need to understand the “immature dicks” they have been and are.
Words may sting but realities can set your ass on fire.