Analysis Of Russell Means 's Speech Essay

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In Russell Means’s speech you hear such truth in what he speaks. You hear a man with high morals and high regards for his Indian heritage. White Americans would look at the Indian heritage as being simple and backwards when in all actuality other Americans are the ones that are superficial with our materialist views of how a civil nation should be. Indians look at the beauty of the land and worship it. They praise the animals for providing them with nourishment for their bodies. They don’t hunt and kill for fun. Mean’s says it all in his speech when he says “Being is a spiritual proposition. Gaining is a material act. Traditionally, American Indians have always attempted to be the best people they could. Part of that spiritual process was and is to give away wealth, to discard wealth in order not to gain. Material gain is an indicator of false status among traditional people, while it is "proof that the system works" to Europeans.” He talks about Marxism and how the views are totally bipolar. He speaks about how whites have used others to gain financially and build a society for them. To him, having no spirit turns into disrespect for anything they come into contact with. The European materialist tradition of despiritualizing the universe is very similar to the mental process which goes into dehumanizing another person. He goes on to say, “Soldiers who have seen a lot of combat learn to do this to the enemy before going back into combat. Murderers do it before going out to…

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