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My friend leigh137 posted on another's LJ:
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leigh137
2005-03-23 08:37
Exactly the impression I have gotten about him though almost every story I have read. I don't think he was a maniac, or evil, I think he was, as everyone is at that age, confused, scared, and angry. That sums up everyone at his age. He took a gun to school because of reasons we won't ever really know, can only speculate on. I doubt those reasons have anything to do with neo-nazi's (ABC news had a whole segment on last night about how he was an American Indian Nazi), or goth or metal music. Come on people, it probably had to do with his home life or the bullying, but that just isn't as easy an answer.
I responded to her comment:
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This has happened before.
jhfurnish
2005-03-23 11:54 (link)
For a long time, the US Government and some religious denominations cooperated to try to force Native Americans to convert to being white, culturally and religiously. This was done in a variety of ways, but especially through the use of horrid boarding schools which crippled their relations with their families and their cultures. This is one of the things that exascerbated the problem of alchohol that seems so prevalent throughout Native America.
This continued to have serious repercussions on Native Americans and their self-image, individually and as a culture, for generations. I read in a book by James Welch (a NA author) that when he and his peers would go to watch movies, they would find themselves rooting for the cowboys (as they fought and killed 'Injuns') without even quite realizing they were cheering their own murderers. It would have to be like being Jewish and cheering during a Nazi propaganda film.
Well, to proceed: Native Americans admiring Hitler and white supremacy has been seen before in relation to criminality. Clayton Lonetree was a US Marine (and a Native American) who grew up immensely frustrated with life and was, during his teen and early adult years, an admirer of Hitler who had his picture on his wall. (This, even though Hitler enjoyed reading stories of cowboys vs indians and rooted for the 'superior whites' who routed the 'inferior savages'.) Lonetree wound up being just as frustrated in the Marine Corps. as he was in his younger, civilian life, and became the main defendant in the 'Sex for Secrets' scandal that broke out in the US Embassy in the former USSR. Look up the name 'Clayton Lonetree' or 'Sex for Secrets' on a search engine for more, you'll find something. He was an embassy guard who slipped secrets to Soviet agents, women who seduced Marines and other Americans, taking them to bed and getting paid with sensitive documents.
When Lonetree grew up, shooting up your high school was still a thing only heard of in an old Boomtown Rats song. ('I Don't Like Mondays', regarding a school shooting by a girl in the late '70's in Great Britain; 'I don't like Mondays' was the excuse initially given by the girl who shot her female classmate.) He managed to make something of himself with great difficulty but then threw it away by committing treasonous espionage when he let his demons and his libido get to him.
This kid grew up in dangerous times for young people; that's what happened to him. He was really simply Clayton Lonetree all over again, but was a teenager in a more desperate time for those who are young and disaffected.
I was bullied as a teenager too, but I had more safety valves and love and support than these people did. I'm thankful for that. I suspect those who know me well are just as thankful. };]

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The Alienist
jhfurnish@yahoo.com


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The following comments are for "Recent LJ repost re: the recent school shooting by Chippewa teen in MI"
by The Alienist

Alienist...
Dear Sir, I'm somewhat tired, so please bear with me. My heart cries for this young man and all affected by this tragedy. I am the daughter of a ChippewaCree mother from the Rocky Boy Reservation in Montana. I live in the deep south,
moved here as a babe,(ironically my father is a
true blue cowboy, as children it was easy to play
cowboys and indians) anyway, the horrific stories of how the Indians were treated is true, my mother lived that early life, taken away from her family, sent to boarding schools with the intent to make her white, she was not allowed to speak her native tongue, if she did she was beaten, and at times was hung by her feet then beat, and her nightmares continued until her last hours of death. I care not to mention more of this, it breaks my heart. I myself have endured much discrimination, when I was very
young I tried to fit in, never really quite did, still don't but, I have became tough to such,
still hurts sometimes. I love my Indian blood, I love the connection to nature, animals even
humans, there is a natural love that courses
through my veins, I know is the Indian in me.
That me wants so much just wanted to fit in, to be accepted, as an adult, I understand it's cool to be me, yet, I can't help but wonder what that young man must have experienced. He didn't fit in prior to going to the reservation, then had to go to a place where he could not find "his"
place. I can relate in my way, I know the elders will "fix" this in only a way they know and the
spirits will rest...God Bless all the trouble babes, and bless us with the ability to see and act appropriately...Robin

-Mama, I miss you...

( Posted by: Robinbird [Member] On: March 25, 2005 )

Alienist, Robinbird - Great read and opinions
I enjoyed reading through all of this and will comment when I have more time to address it with the attention it deserves.

Thanks for this perspective... I too, have indian in my blood. It is good perhaps that I do not know too much of my history. That way, I can embrace those parts of me that I feel are from this heritage, without all the baggage.

It's good to read and learn...

Ronin - I love this:

"God Bless all the trouble babes, and bless us with the ability to see and act appropriately."

Amen.

Felicia

( Posted by: feliciastone [Member] On: March 25, 2005 )





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