Clinton and Peltier

George Snedeker snedeker at
Sun Jan 21 09:45:28 MST 2001

clinton was our second postmodern president. Reagan was the first. I mean
that they were both all image and surface, good actors.

Clinton's dealing with racism was all media. there was never any real
substance to his actions.

I called the Whitehouse myself, but never had any illusions that he would
free Leonard Peltier. Clinton was not about to confront the FBI, nor was he
ever about to confront racism.
----- Original Message -----
From: Louis Proyect <lnp3 at>
To: <marxism at>; <warriornet at>
Sent: Sunday, January 21, 2001 10:02 AM
Subject: Clinton and Peltier

> Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN), July 9, 1998, Metro Edition
> 'Tough stuff'; Clinton winds up yearlong dialogue on race relations
> The format was more controlled, the talk more sober. But as President
> Clinton conducted the third and final forum of his yearlong dialogue on
> race Wednesday, he found that the end was much like the beginning - plenty
> of consensus about the challenges facing a multi-ethnic America of the
> century, but few solutions.
> "This," Clinton said, "is tough stuff."
> The panel urged Clinton to use his high office to remind Americans that
> integration is still an admirable goal. Clinton called for "a vocabulary
> that embraces America's future" while acknowledging the nation's past
> errors on race - starting with the first ones against American Indians.
> "We need to know when we are making distinctions," Clinton said. "And then
> we need to 'fess up to the fact that at least, when it comes to Native
> Americans, that if we don't do something fairly dramatic, the future is
> going to be like the past for too many people."
> Included on the panel was Sherman Alexie, an American Indian poet and
> author who compared the plight of indigent Indians with Third World
> conditions. "I didn't have running water until I was seven years old," he
> said. "I still remember when the toilet came. There are no models of
> success in any field for Indians. . . . An Indian has not sat on this kind
> of panel before."
> Clinton told him that his grandmother was one-quarter Cherokee and agreed
> that the "paternalistic" U.S. policy toward Indians was "pathetic and
> inadequate."
> But Alexie referred to Clinton's self-identification later in the hour,
> when discussing how people "are always talking about race," though in
> "coded language."
> "Nobody talks about Indians. What they will do is come up to me and tell
> they're Cherokee," he said provoking laughter from Clinton.
> ===
> American Indian activist denied pardon
> MARK WIEBE; The Kansas City Star
> The court system has rejected his appeals for a new trial. The  U.S.
> Commission has rejected his requests for freedom.
> Now American Indian activist Leonard Peltier - serving two life  sentences
> at Leavenworth for the 1975 killings of two FBI agents -  can add
> Clinton to that list.
> On Saturday, in the last two hours of Clinton's presidency,  Peltier
> learned that he would not get the clemency he had sought. His  name was
> on the list of 140 Americans who received executive  pardons or
> commutations. . .
> Louis Proyect
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