On the recent vandalism to the Alex Nieto Memorial on Bernal Hill:
CON SAFOS protected the placasos (names) from spiritual destruction. If you wrote C/S below or next to your placa, you were protected from the dishonor of being crossed out. Con safos meant with safety, with respect, with sincerity.
But there were certain sites that were sacred, places and placasos that did not need the protection of C/S because the community knew they were off limits. They included the churches, the muraled walls, the graves.
The vandalism to the Alex Nieto Memorial is a call to consciousness. No homey crossed out Alex’s face, for a homey would know the rules. Certain things are taboo. This vandalism is from someone who wants to erase Alex’s face so that it is not recognized, so that no neighbor can be a witness to his killing, so that no one can be reminded and reminded that on beautiful Bernal Hill, an innocent brown man was stitched by over a dozen bullets fired by the San Francisco Police Department.
Be conscious: We are Alex Nieto. We are present at Bernal Heights, in the Mission, Oakland, Santa Rosa, Pacifica, Salinas, Worldwide. Brown lives matter.
My brown face, your brown face, our brown spirit will never be erased. Ultimately, we all return to the color of this gypsy earth, the color of Bernal Heights, and that dust and dirt will forever remind and remind and remind us of what happened that soft, sunny day when gunshots cracked the peace of our hearts. The truth cannot be erased.
Alex Nieto rises.