December 6, 2007


from the Bad Eagle journal

Fresh from his great loss at the Comanche Nation elections where 99% of the Comanche people did not vote for him — a literal 99% — Yeagley is right back to his misogynist and white supremacist rants. Check out this recent gem:

Yeagley — ”Any bid for racial purity these days seems a lost cause—at least among the countries of Western Civilization. All is overrun with invading foreigners of the Third World... Obviously, the white world is the prize, and all darker races seek to mix with the white, both culturally and sexually. There seems a studied effort to obliterate nationality... the craze to destroy nationality and race ... I've said elsewhere (on the blogs), the seat of power in the world is white. The Great White Throne, I've called it. White people have charge of the world...” (Dec 2007).
When Yeagley tries equating nationality with race, he slips into his largest mistake about America — America is not white. America is a cosmopolitan country both racially and religiously. There was never a ‘good ole era’ when mixing stopped occurring, whether prescribed or not, biblically or not. The wide variety of codes and rules have historically mattered very little, as interrelations have always been the norm not the exception. Anyone fearing this reality is simply cultivating some revisionist and reductionist thinking, or some type of modern-day bigotry.

In truth, there is no “craze” to obliterate “race,” how ridiculous is that notion when race itself cannot even be defined with any accuracy beyond the cultural norms or genetic reductionism where everyone becomes an 'exception to the rule.’ Yeagley’s imaginary “throne” is pure nonsense and a rather destructive conceit designed wholly to race-bait and anger others.

What never fails to amaze me is the lack of awareness in other circles regarding the piano doctor’s outrageous behavior, such as in the musical communities and religious communities. Why is it that those who consider themselves good proponents of music, or good upstanding members of a religious community fail to put the stops on the piano doctor’s continued participation in public activities?

Sure, one expects him to be invited to college “republican” events, and pick up that $1000 check via the John Belch Society. Though one wonders why even so-called “republicans” would put up with Yeagley’s half-baked rants, save for their uncritical devotion to an agenda that only Karl Rove could love. If one believes the earth is only 10,000 years old, and that Adam and Eve’s children incestuously propagated the rest of the earth’s population, one can certainly entertain some white supremacy without flinching.

But what of the artists today, the American Indian organizations and the American Indian musicians and composers? What of the other so-called religiously faithful who see acts of humanity as a product of god’s goodness? Why is there a tolerance “blind spot” when it comes to what the scientific and reason-based community blatantly identify as racism and misogyny regarding Yeagley’s activities? Good question.

Bikers fed up with the destructive force of cars plowing into bikes on the highways, started a campaign to make motorists more aware of the obstacles and ‘blind spots’ of sharing the road with bikers. It is the same with music and religion, the parallel is identical and a much larger issue than the piano doctor’s particular idiocy.

In a country that is more polarized now than ever before, with warnings of nuclear dangers and terrorism being trumpeted from all corners, it is incumbent upon every citizen to make a concerted effort to deal head-on with the war propagandists and hate speakers. Tolerating hate — or ignoring it in hopes it will disappear on its own — are acts of complacency, not of benefit. Using religious quotations or biblical passages about not getting involved is a copout. Using the old free-speech argument is also a copout.

One can use biblical passages to support just about anything, reasonable and unreasonable. The supporting rationale is what is at stake in the discussion, not the biblical citation; those using biblical justifications simply rely on some imagined ‘supernatural’ authority to argue their position rather than using commonsense or science to argue it; this bible citation practice is intellectually lazy.

Want to quote the bible, it’s a free country, but the bible holds no actual authority when held up to reason and critique. Hiding one’s head in the sand while the hate-mongering rages on around you cannot be justified using religion. Civil rights occurred because people drew a proverbial line-in-the-sand and said “here and no further” to those harboring ideas of slavery and a second-class citizenry in America. The message: start seeing equal rights.

Free speech is a right, yes. However, paying for hate-mongering to occur or harboring hate-mongering activities is not prescribed in the Constitution nor in any free-speech law. Because someone has a right to free speech does not mean the hate-mongers must be hired or employed in places that wish to be free of such blatant bigotry. One would not hire Hilter to show his paintings at the national Holocaust museum just to prove the principle of free speech, no.

There is a difference between allowing free speech on someone else’s dime, and directly or indirectly supporting the propagators of the bigotry. American Indian musicians, composers and organizations have a cultural responsibility to make sure they remain free of supporting directly and indirectly the career bigot. Turning a blind eye toward this issue is inexcusable.

propagators of racism and misogyny are the issue here, not whether they wear religious or musical hats, not whether they quote the bible or compose music. Recognize your own responsibility in your funding and performance decisions. Take responsibility. Your decisions affect us all.

Message for you bible-only-centrists and music-only-centrists: Start seeing the people.