If you were to sit down with an elder that was involved in Power Movements or direction action of the 1960s & ’70s, they will tell you that one of the most damaging aspects of COINTELPRO was the construction of a social environment where no one trusted each other.
As I read the daily posts regarding NSA data mining operations, I fear so many of us are allowing the headlines to develop an emotional echo of this effect within us. The admittance that hostile ears could be listening to our vision boarding in street language sessions causes a growing number to speak their brilliance softer, holding back the strength of their voice.
When we are afraid to talk with one another, we impede our ability to collectively imagine what another world can look like, we become gravity to wings that desire to dream profoundly, & we silence the methods it may require for us to get there.
In the absence of trust, how can a community be grown?
In the absence of conversation, how can visions be shared?
When we are elders who are about to enter the cemetery, I pray our children look back upon us & say: “when faced with wiretaps & data mining, our elders refused to let it censor the way they spoke resiliency & freedom.”
Love your people, regardless who is watching.
Speak your love, regardless who is listening.
— *MGis | Mark Gonzales