“A very great vision is needed and the man who
has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky.”
-Chief Crazy Horse
We shall intensify and carry on in the just and necessary struggle.It is through boundless tears of enormous sorrow
and simultaneously, with a renewed sense of determination that my column is
written today. My sisters and brothers, another people’s warrior has
transitioned on to be nestled by the spirit of our precious Mother Earth in her
strong, gentle and welcoming bosom.
On Monday morning, October 22, 2012, Russell
Means, our Indigenous Native warrior, passed on from his physical existence,
leaving us a stalwart and exemplary legacy of unrelenting struggle and courage
in the face of an increasingly avaricious, vampiric,
and hypocritical U.S. Empire. [Reference:
republished in the, ‘Russell Means Freedom’ site, To Be Black and
Head of the U.S.
Empire-A Contradiction in Terms].
Our dear brother Russell has now joined with so
many others of our heroes and sheroes including Crazy
Horse, Nat Turner, John Brown, Harriet Tubman, Emiliano
Zapata, Joe Hill, Rosa Luxemburg, Malcolm X, Fannie Lou Hamer,
Steve Biko, Bobby Sands, Marilyn Buck, Geronimo Ji-Jaga Pratt, and countless others. He stands with and
among them now - proud and free!
Russell Means is perhaps best known as having
been one of the leaders of the American Indian Movement (AIM). While Russell
was indeed that, he was also so very much more. Russell never ceased to
point out the chauvinism and arrogance of this nation, which fails to pay heed
to the destructive seeds of its own internal and external hypocrisy. His ‘Russell
Means Freedom’ and ‘Republic
web sites constantly sounded the alarm in this regard. While sometimes scorned
by the U.S. corporate-stream
media, he nevertheless, did not miss a beat in exposing and
demanding an end to U.S.
hypocrisy and the exploitation and oppression of Indigenous Native peoples and
all oppressed peoples. He tirelessly sought to raise the consciousness of the
people - to get them / us to remember our roots and never lose sight of how
valuable these roots are to this very day. Russell Means was both a
doer and a visionary.
He tirelessly sought to raise the consciousness of the people.
Our brother, Russell Means, belongs to all
of us who love freedom and justice - Red, Black, White, Brown, and Yellow
people - all of us! We shall hold on tightly to his
spirit, and in so doing, we shall remember our many political prisoners
of all colors (including Leonard Peltier, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and Lynne Stewart), in this nation and
throughout Mother Earth. We shall intensify and carry on in the just and
necessary struggle of everyday people, from here to Palestine,
to Haiti, to Asia, to
Africa, and yes, to Europe, and indeed
throughout this planet.
In the words of Black Panther Party veteran, Kiilu Nyasha, “Long Live The Spirit of Russell Means!” Do not doubt this, for the
spirit of Russell Means shall never die!
Remember: Each one, reach one. Each one, teach
one. Onward, then, my sisters and brothers. Onward!
Board member and Columnist, Larry Pinkney, is a veteran of the Black
Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a
former political prisoner and the only American to have successfully
self-authored his civil / political rights case to the United Nations under the
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In connection with his
political organizing activities in opposition to voter suppression, etc., Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on the nationally televised
PBS News Hour,
formerly known as The MacNeil
/ Lehrer News Hour. For more about Larry Pinkney
see the book, Saying
No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and Thinker, by William
Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click here to read excerpts from the book.) Click here to contact Mr. Pinkney.