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Indians, Nazis, and the School Shooting By: David Yeagley
FrontPageMagazine.com | Saturday, March 26, 2005


American Indians have finally, fully assimilated into American culture: Indian youth are committing the same crimes that blacks, whites, and Mexican do. Monday, March 22, 2005, a 16-year-old Indian high school student on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota came into school and shot down ten people and wounded seven others. He finally shot himself.

Indians are so assimilated that the media doesn’t even recognize us as Indians. When the Red Lake story broke, most reports did not say the shooter, Jeff Weise, was an Indian. Naming his ethnicity might have made him seem something other than a person or a full human being. A socialist British report doesn’t even mention the Indian reservation until more than halfway through the report.

 

It is universally assumed that Indians live on an Indian reservation, especially a remote one like Red Lake, and therefore students, policemen, and teachers are all Indians. But it isn’t true. Neva Rogers, 62, one of the teachers killed at the Red Lake high school, was white. In fact, most of the teachers at the school are white.

 

But the media wasn’t concerned with this issue. It was early alleged that Jeff posted on a neo-Nazi website. By not mentioning his ethnicity, the media gave the distinct impression that he was a white kid. Red Lake was another Columbine high school story, only on a poor Indian reservation. The media wanted Jeff’s very recent neo-Nazi association to “color” the Red Lake story white—right-wing white.

 

Jeff Weise was an Indian youth, however, and he shot other Indian youth. The alleged reports of his neo-Nazi leanings only confuse the issue. Why would an Indian, allegedly influenced by Nazi thinking, murder other Indians? After all, reportedly the Nazis did not take Weise seriously in part because he is an Indian.

 

The media seemed happy with a story about some white supremacist kid, and another anti-gun story. Evil whites are always a good blame. This story gives the ailing leftist media another chance to carp, “If there were no guns, there wouldn’t be such shootings”—and to hate whitey. Washington, D.C., black Chief of Police Charles A. Moose had everyone looking for a disgruntled, single white male in the D.C. sniper shooting, and it turned out to be two black men, John Muhammad and John Lee Malvo. More recently, the media assimilated Brian Nichols, the Atlanta murderer. He was not black, but “medium complexion.” In other words, look for a white man, despite the published photo of a black man.

 

Racial profiling is studiously avoided by the media—unless the suspect is white. No term is used which is associated with a “minority” race. But, in the Red Lake story, to identify an Indian reservation and not refer to persons in the story as Indians is obviously manipulative and insulting to Indians, using them as props in their propaganda war.

 

Indians are proud of being Indian. No Indian seeks to hide his identity today. (Indeed, people who aren’t even Indian are aggressive about claiming to be Indian, like Ward Churchill.) No Indian wants to assimilate to point of not be called an Indian.

 

But an Indian Nazi youth? This angle is misleading. Jeff is an Indian kid, from the Red Lake reservation, and he did shoot Indian students. That he allegedly showed a recent interested in neo-Nazism doesn’t mean he was white. (As noted above, he even complained that his interest wasn’t taken seriously because he was an Indian.) 

 

Is this story then just another adolescent incident in the plague of rage running rampant in so many schools throughout the country? Are the Indians of Red Lake really like everyone else?

 

Jeff allegedly opposed racial intermarriage. That’s hardly assimilation. And Jeff allegedly complained that his teachers (white liberals of the Red Lake high school) condemned him for his ideas of racial purity.

 

Now the story makes more sense to me, as an Indian. Indians are a vanishing race, vanishing through intermarriage. Jeff opposed this, but he had liberal, white, anti-Indian teachers and counselors, who advocated intermarriage, which he saw as genocide.

 

I call this a kind of reverse racism, demanding that all cultures lose themselves in the American melting pot. Wiese saw America's leftists demand that the symbols of his heritage be removed from high schools, using Indian braves as their mascots. Now Jeff has committed the same violence as an Indian that other troubled American teens have. The media is anxious to blame whites, and the neo-Nazi bit in the story was their lead, but, in the Red Lake case, the reporters blamed the wrong whites. Politically Correct liberals influenced Jeff as much as the Nazis.


Dr. David A. Yeagley is a published scholar, professionally recorded composer, and an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies. He's on the speakers list of Young America's Foundation. E-mail him at badeagle2000@yahoo.com. View his website at http://www.badeagle.com.


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