Re: Amerindian resistance mode (was: amerindian an offensive

Matt Silberstein (
Fri, 23 Aug 1996 20:02:03 GMT

In sci.archaeology "Stephen W. Russell"
<> wrote:

>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.

I agree with much of what you say, except your first sentence. You
left out the following quote from Paula.

>> (Paula Sanch) wrote:

>>>The thing that most whites refuse to see is that your ancestors (your
>>>spiritual ancestors, if your family immigrated more recently, but you
>>>are a part of the dominant white American culture) have "sown the
>>>wind," and you (or maybe your descendants, if you're as incredibly
>>>fortunate as your ancestors) will "reap the whirlwind."

Paula may not accuse me of "being at Wounded Knee", but she me as
responsible, primarily on the basis of skin color. Without bragging, I
can say that at the time of uprising at WK, my family was involved in
other activities that caught the attention of the FBI.

Matt Silberstein


What is the scariest line you know? How about:

"My name is Number 6, what's yours?"