Posted by Claudia on January 26, 1999 at 12:38:25:
In Reply to: Re: Russell Means Interview ... well? posted by Elaine on January 25, 1999 at 14:11:10:
: So .... does any one have some thoughts or comments on anything in particular he said? There's quite a bit of fodder for discussion, I think.
I thought it was interesting, and sad, how he seemed so touchy at first, you were getting one-sentence answers...and how he "heard" you use the term "Native" even though you didn't even say it!
The instance where he assumed he had been slighted, by being provided "coach" seating instead of First Class, when most aren't given free tickets at all, to me illustrates his mind-set.
I feel that when people become so sensitive that they perceive or imagine slights (re-proach, insults, blood vengeance) which don't even exist, it becomes counter-productive to their aims. Surely he needs to open his mind to the idea that even white people can understand and support his views, instead of automatically seeing you as a hostile enemy.
I was glad that he had positive experiences with DDL and it was interesting to hear his reflections on the log cabin scene, and the hiking to Chimney Rock. His comments on the lost scenes made me even more eager to see a restored version.
LOVED the anecdote about his protest to the assistants calling the "Indians, over here" and his riposte about "whites and jews", priceless!
I thought the interview, once you "won him over" was excellent, your questions were well thought out and you had that rarity in interviewers, the ability to follow-up interesting things that he said with more comments and questions. I thought that you stood your ground well when he became touchy, and that you exercised excellent tact and intelligence.
Hooray Rich and Elaine!
Claudia (Garrett) Dvorak (new married name)
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