I came upon this video a few days ago with Russell Means being interviewed by Infowars about a year ago.
First, a little history. Russell Means was one of the founders of the American Indian Movement (AIM) during the 60′s. At the time from the late 60′s to late 70′s AIM was considered to be a violent radical group on a par with the Weathermen, SDS and the Black Panthers. Having grown up in South Dakota during that time the fights for equality were no different than the struggles of Blacks endured in the segregated South. The difference being that the Freedom Riders would turn the other cheek in the face of dogs and fire hoses. The Indians would unhesitatingly pull a gun or a rifle and just start shooting. Remember during this time we in South Dakota had the Custer County Courthouse Riots, the cold-blooded execution of two FBI agents, the Wounded Knee occupation plus dozens of shootings, assaults and murders on and off the reservations during the 70′s. It wasn’t uncommon for a crime to occur and the suspect escape on to tribal land. Local and state law enforcement was forbidden to cross into the reservation under any circumstances, even during a pursuit. Only Federal agents could and they were loath to go in unless it was in strength (federal agents in South Dakota were some of the first in the nation to get body armor).
Group self-imposed segregation was alive and well in Western South Dakota and in some parts of the east. Whites knew where they could and couldn’t go and Indians knew the same. If two groups did meet then the cops would come in with riot gear and bash anyone and everyone’s head in with usally thousands of dollars in damages. High school basketball games were a particular enticing place for fights to break out. To say that the leaders of AIM were hated was an understatement. Dennis Banks was given sanctuary in California by then Governor Jerry Brown after the Custer Riots. Western states retaliated by paroling criminals to California.
This was the world that Russell Means lived and in part created.
Now to the video below. I was shocked to watch Means say the things is video knowing the reputation that he had. I won’t go into a lot of what he’s says (some I don’t agree with) but he does speak as a Ron Paul Libertarian without the loonyness. The crux of his theses’ is that the white man confined the Indian to the reservation but starting with Lincolns’ actions on Federalism vice the States rights and culminating with Wilsons Progressivism to the Great Society to the Corporation/Wall Street/Lobbyist/political parties WE as Americans have willing confined ourselves to our own reservation called America regardless of which party is in control. This Russell Means finds sad, terrifing and avoidable. His fear is the real fear that, like the Indian reservations that have failed, this reservation is also doomed to failure and there is no way out.
Again it’s not the message that is being presented because others have been saying for years but what makes this even more freighting is WHO is presenting it. If Russell Means is terrified by the decline and fall of America, then we all better be…and we’d better change our current course of history…fast.