Re: Amerindian resistance mode (was: amerindian an offensive

Stephen W. Russell (
Sat, 17 Aug 1996 11:43:39 -0500

On Tue, 13 Aug 1996, Matt Silberstein wrote:
> I truely do not understand how my "spiritual ancestors" are the White
> Americans Who Destroyed The Indians when not one person in my family
> stepped foot on this hemisphere until 1903. And they left the
> countries they came from because the people there were killing my
> physical ancestors' families. Could you explain why I should take on
> that particular burden of guilt?
Take it easy, Matt, nobody is accusing you of being at Wounded Knee.
However, the depredations continue as we speak, and I hope you can
understand that contemporary Indians are interested in making people
choose a side. Injustice is, I suppose, a matter of degree, but there is
a point (e.g., the Jewish Holocaust) when it is fair to say those who do
not speak up are accomplices. Reasonable people can differ about when
that point is reached. We are now about 1/2 of 1 percent of the
population counting beaucoups mixed bloods. Excuse us if we choose not
to go quietly.

Steve Russell