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"Native Nazi? "
1) 3:16 Short essay Mp3
2) 3:54 Long essay Mp3
[Col. Writ. 3/24/05] Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal
The recent high school shooting rampage in the
Indian reservation at Red Lake, Minnesota is as
ironic as it is amazing.
A 16-year old Chippewa boy, sprays his school
with deadly shotgun fire, is a reputed admirer of
Adolph Hitler, and doodled in his books by
According to some published sources, Jeff
Weise visited neo-Nazi websites, listened to
Marilyn Manson music, and went by the online
handle of todesengel: German for 'death angel.'
There is something deeply disturbing about
an Indian kid who deeply admired Adolph Hitler.
The irony, of course, was that Hitler viewed
Native Americans (and all other nonwhite
people) as untermenschen, (German for
'subhumans.') If young Jeff's vision were to
prevail, he would be spelling doom for the
Chippewa, the fourth largest Indian tribe in
the U.S. (after the Cherokee, the Navajo,
and the Sioux). Indeed, it would spell the
end for all people of color!
And therein lies the rub.
How does a 16-year old Chippewa boy,
in modern-day America, come to loathe his
own people so profoundly, not only that
he slays 9 people, but before the deeds, that
they were dead to him in his heart?
We all pass through the perilous desert of
youth, when the words of parents, teachers
and elders are but buzzing in the ears,
annoyances to be ignored, and, if angry
enough, if alienated enough, rebelled against.
Young Jeff Weise, orphaned at an early
age by the suicide of his father, and the
death by a car accident of his mother, grew
into a world which he met with hatred. What happened recently was but a
manifestation of that inner hate against
We have often discussed and written
about Black self-hatred, the projection of
hate against the self that splashes against
those who are closest to us; who look most
That hatred is a reflection of the very
real hatred against Black life that has
animated American history for 5
We are not alone in this psychological
Imagine what wells in the heart of a boy,
whose people were once masters of this land;
but are now relegated to small, isolated
communities -- called 'reservations' no less!
-- while these relative newcomers, these
'palefaces', run the country of your ancient
ancestors, and try to run the whole world.
Then, there is the cultural imperialism
that comes through radio sets, TVs, iPods,
and on the computer. These machines
project the rightness of whiteness, and
rarely, the great and historic achievements
of Red people. What would he learn?
What *could* he learn, but hatred?
His fellow students said he was a "smart"
boy; but a little "weird."
Did he know that the first great city in
North America, named Cohokia, (near
present-day St. Louis!) had about 40,000
red residents around the year 1000?
Did he know of the history of his own
clan, the Chippewa?
We don't know, but it seems he did not.
He could not.
For if he did, how could he act in a way
that made Floyd Jourdain, chairman of the
Red Lake Chippewa Tribe, say the day he
slew family, fellow students and last, himself,
was the "darkest day in the history of this
tribe" (*USA Today*, 3/23/05, p. 4A).
He was alienated, isolated, alone, and
A Native Nazi! He probably knew more
about Adolph Hitler than Leonard Peltier!
A lost soul.
Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal
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