After rereading much COINTELPRO info recently, I wondered what the deal was as far as "liberators" seeking to hide in the cracks (i.e. not wanting email addresses, ASSATASHAKUR.ORG accounts (with or without pics), MYSPACE accounts, MYSPACE accounts with pictures, etc.). These are rational and legitimate concerns, ones that we need to always consider when engaged in the processes of liberational activity.
But, sometime, it seems like these concerns can border on the irrational. Of course, COINTELPRO has never gone away, it has only changed acronyms and gotten more sophisticated. This we could never deny. Neither can we deny its impact on our struggle at self-determination. However, not having an email address or a MYSPACE account does not allow us to be "under the radar". "They" still know who you are. We are, as Cube's character said in Higher Learning, behind enemy lines. The moment we all are born, this enemy knows who we are.
If you've ever uttered certain words on your landline or cellphone, "they" know who you are; if you've been to rallies or lectures or marches of a certain persuasion, "they" know who you are. And you know what? Let them! Our cause is a righteous and divine one, a noble and principled one. We don't seek to enslave another people, or rob them of their traditional belief systems, or rape and deliberately impregnate their women, or whip them within an inch of their lives. We don't seek any of this. Ancestor warrior (a true manifestation of Sango if i've ever saw one) Dr. Khallid Abdul Muhammad said that we just want to be free. In other words, we don't want to do unto 'whitey' what they have visited upon us and our ancestors. We just want to have the ability to determine our lives and our destiny and feel no chagrin or reluctance for it.
I shouldn't have to worry about whether or not i'll be hired because i have a "cute ethnic name" (a white chick actually told me this recently!). I shouldn't have to worry about whether or not i'll be profiled by police (or any other agent of the system) because of my locks. That's self determination. That's freedom.
I don't really care if "they" know who i am or if they see my picture or "tap" my email. What do i have to hide from? I fight for true justice and equality. I don't fight to be able to be deemed a human being by white supremacy. I fight and struggle for my right to exist as a human being. I owe my ancestors this much. They could only dream of having or doing the little that we can do or have today. But, despite tapping my email or my ASSATA SHAKUR account or my MYSPACE page or my cellphone or anything else, my cause is just. My cause is noble, and i fight against the system of oppression that oppresses us still (believe it or not). Ain't no damn reason for me to hide from the oppressor (unless, of course, it's for necessary and tactical reasons...................hint).
Now Get Up.