Friday, December 16, 2011

Nov. 29 interview on Impact 89FM

HERE is an interview on Impact 89FM, MSU Student Radio, on Nov. 29, 2011.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Clever Review of "Radicals" in Lansing City Pulse

HERE's a clever review of "Radicals in Their Own Time" by Lawrence Cosentino in this week's Lansing City Pulse.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

August 19, 2011 Interview on WKAR Radio

Click HERE for an interview on WKAR radio (aired August 19, 2011).

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Interview on Viva La Feminista

Click HERE for an interview on Viva la Feminista blog.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Women's History Month - Elizabeth Cady Stanton

March is Women's History Month.  Click HERE for a brief video introduction of 19th Century women's rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Michael Eric Dyson Show Interview

Interviewed yesterday about Radicals in Their Own Time with Michael Eric Dyson, whose radio show airs on PBS stations in Seattle, Washington, Baltimore, Detroit and a number of other cities.  It was nice to do a longer-format interview to explain the book in greater depth.

The interview is available HERE - it's the last 20 minutes of the hour long program.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Radio Interview Link - Grand Rapids NPR - Thurs Feb 3, around 10:20am

[The archive link to this interview is available HERE.]

I will be interviewed about Radicals in Their Own Time tomorrow, Thursday Feb. 3 starting around 10:20am by Shelley Irwin from the NPR affiliate WGVU in Grand Rapids   To listen, click HERE and then click on streaming live.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Vine Deloria Jr. - Native American Radical

LAST TIME:  W.E.B. Du Bois - Black Activist Radical

Sioux author, scholar and activist Vine Deloria Jr. is the fifth of five individuals profiled in Radicals in Their Own Time: Four Hundred Years of Struggle for Liberty and Equal Justice in America.

Deloria, whose views on government naturally came through his own tribal traditions, antagonized the establishment while shaking mainstream America out of its complacency with his provocative works exposing the American government’s systematic centuries-long oppression of Indian tribes. Beginning with Custer Died for Your Sins, his devastating 1969 critique of the United States Government and passionate call-to-action to a new generation of Native Americans, Deloria was a central figure in providing a unifying intellectual, political voice to Indians past, present and future in their battles for self-determination and reclaiming tribal heritage.

Deloria was blunt in his assessment of Christian orthodoxy’s deleterious effects throughout history: “From pope to pauper, Protestant to Catholic, Constantinople to the United States, the record is filled with atrocities, misunderstandings, persecutions, genocides, and oppressions so numerous as to bring fear into the hearts and minds of non-Christian peoples. Deloria was caustic in his criticism of America and other Western nations’ use of Christian orthodoxy to justify its expansionist goals: “At one time or another slavery, poverty, and treachery were all justified by Christianity as politically moral institutions of the state.” These harsh assessments offended a mainstream American establishment thoroughly suffused with Christian dogma.

In sum, Deloria spent his lifetime exposing the practices of a U.S. government that systematically reneged on its solemn promises to leave alone – to tolerate – Indian tribes with their native lands and traditions, and pointed the way forward for how that government should make amends for its egregious breaches of faith. As for his impact, Indian Law scholar Charles Wilkinson comments, “If you mark down the great figures of the American West in recent times, [Deloria] belongs there because of his role in reshaping Indian country…. I think in the last 100 years, he's been the most important person in Indian affairs, period.”