Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

23 October 2012

Hamba kahle Russell Means

The only possible opening for a statement like this is that I detest writing. The process itself epitomizes the European concept of "legitimate thinking": what is written has an importance that is denied the spoken. My culture, the Lakota culture, has an oral tradition, so I ordinarily reject writing. It is one of the white world's ways of destroying the cultures of non-European peoples, the imposing of an abstraction over the spoken relationship of a people.

This is the opening paragraph of an article "written" by Means in 1980: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/10/russell-means-mother-jones-interview-1980 

Russell Charles Means (November 10, 1939 – October 22, 2012) was an Oglala Sioux activist for the rights of Native American people and libertarian political activist. He became a prominent member of the American Indian Movement (AIM) after joining the organization in 1968, and helped organize notable events that attracted national and international media coverage.