“A lot of people believe they are free because they are not detained or imprisoned, but they’re locked inside their hearts and minds.”
–Yesica, 22, detained by ICE since 2016
I first heard the word “gaslighting” in reference to Trump, throwing off scrutiny by denigrating those who question his actions. Like many, once I knew the word I could start identifying countless big and small ways I have let myself be duped, belittled, and lied to, by people close to me as well as by public leaders. I have subordinated my own understanding and knowledge to the claims of authorities.