Not only were New York mutants reveling in the public spotlight they were gaining in strength. Despite all this momentum there was still confusion about what mutantism stood for. As far as Squid was concerned, he was not the leader of the United Mutations so it was up to mutants to decide what the movement stood for. Some of the confusion dissipated after the Mutant Charter was printed in large quantities and distributed to the public. So to clear matters up the United Mutations announced a public gathering at Central Park where leading mutants would be able to clarify their positions and explain to the general public some elementary facts concerning mutantism.
A crowd of somewhere over 200,000 gathered and when Squid stepped in front of the microphones wild applause erupted and when it subsided Squid spoke, “Good evening mutants and supporters. Mutants face challenges many would say are insurmountable. The challenge we face is more mutant respectability, rights and dignity. It is only when non-mutants ensure our rights are the same as all citizens will our struggle be victorious, It is high time we fight for our freedom. To do this we need power instead of being the victim of the power of others that has dumped mutants in the trash bags of society. Do not deceive yourself into thinking this will be an easy struggle. There will be no “commission of inquiry” fighting for you. The struggle may have to violent as it was in Nicaragua and Columbia where all enemies of the state were seen as mutants and subject to liquidation. The violence we use will be proportional to the violence we face. Preferably the struggle will be a psychological and peaceful one. Our first step is the banishment of the negative self image forced upon us by non mutants. We are supposed to be a pitiful group of disfigured, both physically and or politically, incapable of functioning within society. If this is so, and it isn’t, it is because they have made us so.
We must not limit our struggle to national struggles and limit our potential and solidarity. Domestic weakness must be repaired from help given by stronger mutant communities. Remember that all nations have mutants and where we are weak we shall be helped by the strong and where we are strong we shall become stronger.
Our struggle against mutant hatred must be a daily one and we must not get lost in academic debate. This dictates that we are situationalists and confront this hatred in all situations where it arises. In this battle there can be official statements made by various mutant organizations but the organization can never have absolute control over its members. If this happens, we end up like all the other parties. There should be no absolute leaders. At worst there can only be advisors and co-ordinators. This is inevitable at least in the initial stages in our development. Once we become a mass movement then it will be all the more difficult for repression to defeat us. If a movement places too strong a trust in leaders what then happens if the leaders are “taken out”? The movement collapses and as I have seen leaders can be co-opted into the establishment and soften the language and actions of the movement. After all the co-opted do not want to hurt their “reasonable” friends. Power must be dispersed throughout the movement so no leader will dare usurp power. Anyone who proclaims he or she is a leader of mutants must be laughed out of the movement.
Beware mutants! There are many who will join us under false pretences. There will be snitches and squealers and we will be dogged by law enforcement. Only mutants can wage the struggle as it is OUR lives that matter. Mutant Lives Matter! This does not mean we can’t form alliances or accept help from other organizations but we must make it clear we will not tolerate any interference from them. I urge caution.”
A slight disturbance was heard at the edges of the crowd while law enforcement officials and their cameras were chased out of the park.