This week’s Heartlander is Russell Means. Not without controversy, a dedicated activist for the rights of Native Americans.
He life encompassed probably one of the worst–if not the worst–points in the known history of the native people of North America. And I’d like to think he saw things get better. Not perfect, but better.
I remember years ago, when I was in law school, an experienced attorney explaining that he would pound the table and shout sometimes in meetings. Not because he wanted to, or because he thought it was effective, but because if he could tell the people in charge weren’t listening, he would do it just to get them to listen. Even if they weren’t really listening. And other people would listen, and see that the people in charge weren’t listening.
I think there are a lot of ways to be effective. Which isn’t the same as being popular.