Re: And the beat goes on....
Date: June 27, 2010 12:55AM
The prayer-group leader mentioned to me that someone he knows has bragged of having "run with" "Gino Perente" as if that name was supposed to get a reaction from him. He never knew who Perente was and had never heard of NatLFed until I told him my cult background, explaining why I avoid certain kinds of activities. He understood the PTSD but when I explained the source, and mentioned Gino Perente's crowd using pseudonyms, he told me about that. People around here are always name-dropping, it is that kind of artsy place, and so he had done the usual thing of nodding without considering that the name "Perente" meant anything at all.
This person he knows is someone in the church activities.
I have announced to everyone I know that I am remaining in seclusion with prayer and art. Recent increases in anti-catholic art in the city have benefitted me because I no longer have to argue with well-intentioned people who want me to exhibit. I just point out that no matter what I paint, my name will appear in publicity alongside sacrilegious assault-artists in some related show and I will not allow that. Now they understand completely why I am wrapping myself in the protective cloak of my faith. And so, my personal support network is growing very fast.
My short two-sentence history of NatLFed ("NatLFed was a bunch of crazy white kids in the 70's who tried to steal the Mexican labor movement from Cesar Chavez and so they took fake Hispanic names. Then all the white liberal churches believed them and gave them the keys to the food pantries.") is making the rounds and people are putting their own experience with manipulative "community organizers" into a new light.
I think that easily-repeated "short history of NatLFed" is the best, and maybe the only, effective thing I ever did to fight this filthy cult, outside of just surviving.
That's the other thing: NatLFed has always shown its violent underbelly to the African-american and Mexican sides, without ever understanding that ethnic street gangs have a larger family-group context than their small groups of political cadres could even imagine. Those stupid cadres always believed the crap the sociologists taught them in the few college classes they actually attended before they joined the cult.