I once heard a talk by Russell Means, a sometimes reviled leader of the American Indian Movement. Means was no Martin Luther King Jr., but he spoke the truth as he saw it. His life, like Malcolm X's, shows that oppression can seed both fury and insight.
Baraboo had its Nazi salute this fall; Covington Catholic had a student, AIM Indian face off during January's Right To Life gathering. Both events shocked Americans. The Baraboo community did a terrific job raising holocaust awareness, while overlooking youthful missteps. But the Covington incident left me feeling there's a vacuum in many Americans' views on Indian genocide.
The Trail Of Tears was about extermination, as was Auschwitz. It's just generally unnoticed. It's also generally unnoticed that Washington, the dreamers city, has a "Redskins" team and an American Indian museum.
Nazis can be stopped by awareness of truth. I have doubts though that a religious group that sports "Make America Great Again" clothing wants to dialogue with an Indian. They support an administration that divides, delays and jails refugee families.
Maybe we have to wait until God writes the law in our hearts.
John Miller, Baraboo