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Stoned Apocalypse: America in Insurrection

Updated: Jan 22, 2021

by Milton Goosby

"You can count the days of an empire by how quickly its monuments fall"
A black protestor raises his fist at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in London, 2020.
Photo: Connor Newson

Catch feelings in the dawn, crying silently in my at home work space.

Fabricating an illusion of stability while navigating corporate culture, codeswitching to get by.

Walking the neighborhood, where masks and gloves huddle in the gutter, as America, sloughed off fear of a pandemic, runs headlong into the age old arms of Reckoning.

We meet in the field, get familiar with old ways, this knowing, this desire to topple the altars that have stood guard over American history.

Like a sword forged by ancient hands is this kinetic energy we are channeling. In an effort, we steer our destiny towards (r)evolution.

During the height of the first wave of a global pandemic we shared resources, amplified voices and promoted community to keep one another aware and alive.

Affirmations and pathways are being woven into the narrative. All our years of organizing become a powerful counterpoint to the brutal law and order policy of the White House.

As normalization was pressed, the exertion of state control over our autonomy exploded. A series of public murders by state forces.

Not to mention the vacuum of silence surrounding over 100,000 covid-19 attributed deaths in the US.

Despite grief, hunger, poverty, our youth chose to do battle against the state, while online communities provided support and logistics.

Demonstrators hold up a banner saying NO MO0RE LIES! YOUR HISTORY LESSONS ARE FABRICATED! at a Black Lives Matter protest in London, 2020
Photo: Connor Newson

Instantaneous communication, shaped by the organic desire to escape the bonds of economy, stabilizing a center through which our social currency is realized.

A global spotlight now shines on the persistent antiblackness that is interwoven with capitalism, state violence against black bodies via police/social/health services). In doing so many black people have also had to isolate themselves further.

This violence, in its many manifestations, police, healthcare, legislation, economy, apologies from peers (begging you to be patient) - has ignited a global awakening which this country hasn't seen since Reconstruction.

The Minneapolis uprisings proved that agitation and persistent push back against the police state is immensely effective.

Isolation and introspection on our personhood have allowed the world to see beyond grinding consumerism and blind nationalism.

However, black fatigue and frustration is amplified right now.

Many of us have stood at the gates for better or worse, through exile, suffering, displacement, knowing that we may never see white supremacy brought down.

So we become further divided from what could be, forced to keep repeating that concessions won't cover the debt we are owed.

The burning is necessary, an extension of collective dissent, the heated voice of the people, rising.