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The SCOTUS' Christianists: the states must decide whether pregnant women are state property.

Also SCOTUS Christianists: the six of us get to decide every state's gun laws. And we like the laws that existed to support the fugitive slave acts in the 18th and 19th centuries.
A reminder that the reason abortion was legal for white women in distress back then but otherwise illegal was the same reason we have a 2nd Amendment: slavery. Slave children were property, so aborting them or aiding in such was an economic crime.…
And slavers needed guns to recapture runaway slaves and prevent slave rebellions. And southern planters didn't trust the nascent federal govenment to look after their human "property."…
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@SpeakerPelosi @TeamPelosi @SenSchumer @WHCOS @POTUS @JoeBiden @dccc @dscc @RepSeanMaloney @DemGovs @DLCC @DemocraticAGs @VP @KamalaHarris @DNC @harrisonjaime
Please read this thread and listen to what I have to say.
We have a serious problem in our country. The GOP is fascist. 1
You need to come up with a united messaging strategy & go on the attack. I'm a lifelong Democrat. I'm incredibly disappointed in the lack of defense of: #JudgeKetanjiBrownJackson; the #LGBTQIA community; abortion rights; voting rights; and civil rights of Americans.
It's time 2/
To have daily press conferences pointing out the danger of the GOP to Americans.
The GOP has been taken over by white, fundamentalist, 'Christian', nationalists, who don't believe in multi-culturalism, democracy, or separation of church & state, aka #Dominionism.
#Ziklag, #CNP 3
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The Black Conservative: A black conservative journalist responds to David Horowitz's article, "Ten Reasons Why #Reparations for #Slavery is a Bad Idea and Racist Too".…
There Go Crazy Miss Daisy.

"Why y'all Blacks complaining 'bout slavery, now? The cotton has been picked and sold, we got iPhones now, and economies running on full speed; y'all should've asked for reparations - during slavey -- or at least during Jim Crow?"
A Black Libertarian view on reparations for centuries of slavery -- free labor

The Case Against Reparations

"America owes black people more than it has given—but reparations aren’t the answer."…
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Oh joy. @tedcruz is now doing his distinctive brand of whingey white conservative male performance art; trying to goad #KetanjiBrownJackson into denouncing Critical Race Theory and the #1619Project, neither of which Cruz is smart enough to understand.
The bottom line for the right is that to be qualified for a SCOTUS seat, or really any position in “their” America, Black people must ritualistically disown and denounce Black people, Black thought, Black culture, Black history and any and all racial and historical consciousness.
They must vow to only and always defend white Christian male sovereignty over America, as enumerated in the original constitution. No white candidate for any office is required to similarly denounce white supremacy, white Christian nationalism, or even insurrection. We see y’all.
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1/x Looking forward to @WalterDGreason's convo w/
@nhannahjones about the #1619Project: #NHJatMac.

Walter joined @historyatmac at @Macalester this year. I'm proud to call him a friend.

cc: @profsbradley @kayewhitehead
@WalterDGreason @nhannahjones @historyatmac @Macalester @ProfSBradley @kayewhitehead @Sunny_Slaughter @ThereseSteiner @SlaughterDR @aaronlmorrison @digimentors @LBRolsky @MacalesterPres @sree @dviyer @PhdRachel 3/x "I've been working toward #1619Project my entire career. When the 400th anniversary was approaching...I was worried that it would be erased, obscured or minimized. I knew one essay would not be big enough." @nhannahjones

@Macalester's Thread 👇
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We'll be live-tweeting today's virtual @macalumni and community event with @nhannahjones. We're excited to welcome Professor Hannah-Jones to the wider @Macalester community, and are looking forward to her conversation with @WalterDGreason and Dr. Tia-Simone Gardner. #NHJatMAC
We're starting the event with a welcome message from @MacalesterPres, introductions and a Land Acknowledgement from our Provost Dr. Lisa Anderson-Levy. Our moderator, @WalterDGreason is up next, and then @nhannahjones. We're so glad you're here with us. #NHJatMAC
@MacalesterPres @WalterDGreason @nhannahjones @nhannahjones, "I've loved history my entire life [...] I couldn't conceive of the project without historians" - historians like @WalterDGreason.
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Professor Nikole Hannah-Jones (@nhannahjones, @HowardU) discusses racism, journalism, and history with @historyatmac.

Use the tag #NHJatMAC to join the conversation.
28 years ago, I wrote about the work of Zora Neale Hurston, Paul Robeson, and Adam Clayton Powell in comparative historical context.

Today's conversation is a direct product of that first step. #racialviolencesyllabus #NHJatMAC #1619Project

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So the conservative argument in 2018 was: don’t stop teaching white-authored classics just because the n-word is used in them! Children of all races need these uncomfortable lessons! Now they argue that any book that might make white kids feel angst must be banned.
So Black kids need to accept hearing the n-word read in English class, because they shouldn’t let “feelings” get in the way of exposure to great literature; but white kids shouldn’t ever have to hear that any white person at any time ever used the n-word in hostility or racism.
How is this not a blatant argument for using public education to build up the egos of white children while chipping away at the psyches of every other child, by normalizing hearing slurs against them but shielding white kids from all history that might bring any discomfort?
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In his support for #1619Project historical falsification and #MeToo witchhunting, Jeet Heer remains true to the traditions of the publication for which he writes, The Nation. 1/
This rotting flagship of American liberal reformism is ineradicably marked by its endorsement in the 1930s of the Moscow Trials and the Stalinist terror, which resulted in the extermination of the entire generation of Russian Marxists who had led the 1917 October Revolution. 2/
Trotsky described the editors and writers of The Nation as the "priests of half-truths," that is, as the most cynical of liars. Trotsky related their alliance with the Stalinist bureaucracy to the political and intellectual bankruptcy of American reformists. He wrote: 3/
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A thread to celebrate Black History Month. I’ll be posting articles, book lists, resources for teachers and poems throughout the month.
#BlackHistoryMonth Image
Starting #BlackHistoryMonth with this reflection on #LangstonHughes. Happy Birthday Langston!

“As we commemorate his birthday, I hope we embrace his anger and frustration and remember not only his dreams but also his demands.”…
Teaching about non-violent action to elementary students? Check out this book list from @ZinnEdProject that includes Someday Is Now: Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-Ins by @olugbemisola, illus. by Jade Johnson.
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Here it is, my snowbound 62nd #ScholarSunday thread of great public scholarly writing & work from the past week, as well as some new & forthcoming books to check out. Share more & enjoy, all! #twitterstorians
On the week’s most frustrating news, the banning of Maus by a TN school district, @Lollardfish is a must-read as ever for @CNNOpinion:…
& also check out this excellent @ProfIRMF thread on the white supremacist & Christianist roots of that decision:

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A year ago Trump’s 1776 Commission decided to honor MLK day by releasing its REPORT!

Let’s have a look at a few of the slimy ways the commissioners appropriated MLK for their reactionary* agenda.

*Note: I did not say conservative.
In defense of American exceptionalism and upholding colorblind white supremacy, the 1776 Report opportunistically quoted MLK upholding the values of the Declaration of Independence.
The Report even had a photo of MLK at the March on Washington, as if MLK would agree with an agenda to stop all talk about race.
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One of the things that #1619project has done is get me to reconsider parts of my life. My only (and very limited) experience with Black Americans prior to college was a bussing program for a few students at my high school.
At the time I knew were they were from-Roxbury I think-but it was a place I had never seen. MA, for all it's Dem blue politics, is strictly segregated.
I found the history of that program. 15,000 on the waiting list. Parents putting their kids on the list at birth. Have to make a bus at 5AM. Late bus is LATE.…
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One of the things that the #1619project has done to my mind is make it even more plain that all that "law and order" crap was code for criminalizing harmless behavior by Black americans while green-lighting vast organized financial fraud which does terrible harm to democracy.
If working class/middle class white americans could see their interests are perfectly aligned with working class/middle class Black americans, we could make progress against the tax evaders and market manipulators. Rs and cheaters will drive what wedge until democracy is dead.
If we let them.
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I am most of the way through #1619Project. One of the main points it makes is that our American democracy has never been fair, but that Black Americans have continued to fight for it nevertheless.
For a brief time in the South following the Civil War, Blacks were able to make a meaningful impact at the polls, including sending the first ever Black US Senator Hiram Revels of Mississippi.
This progress ended - despite Constitutional guarantees - when President Jackson withdrew federal troops from the South, leaving Black populations to suffer white vigilantism, lynchings, voting restrictions passed into law, and the effective end to their voting franchise.
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Trotskyites and White economic status-oriented progressives only think that the 1619 Project's focus on enslavement and Jim Crow is 'regressive' because the actual reality disproves their belief in the potential of cross-racial economic status solidarity.
This was clear two years ago when Victoria Bynum of Free State of Jones fame criticized the 1619 Project because it ignored how a few White folks occasionally united with Black people to oppose enslavement.

As I noted in response to her then...
Trotskyites and economic status-oriented White progressives want to erase the reality of White Supremacy as the organizing theme of American History, sociology and life because the facts disprove their belief in the idea that economic status is the modality for class in America.
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The reduction of history to "narratives" and the claim that the struggle between these "narratives" are merely conflicts over the distribution of power evades the decisive issue of objective truth. 1/
The materialist conception of history, developed by Marx and Engels in the 1840s, uncovered the objectively existing driving forces of world history in the economic structure of society and the class struggles to which it gave rise. 2/
It made possible the application of scientific method to the study of history as well as contemporary events. The categories that it utilizes in the study of society - i.e., class, productive forces, social relations, capitalism, feudalism, slavery - exist objectively. 3/
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As I was listening to #1619Project podcast, it occurred to me that if they were to listen, white Americans will likely feel ashamed of their history where they’ve been indoctrinated with pride. Shame is a difficult emotion and we often don’t know how to deal with it. 🧵/1
These thoughts on shame in #1619Project led me to @kate_manne’s work on White Melancholia, where she “suggests that the privileged stand to lose their freedom from moral shame…they stand to lose their sense of moral innocence, as well as being the blessed or chosen people.” /2
As I think of shame, I think too, of those of us (the wretched - e.g., Africans, Black Americans) whose histories have always been positioned as shameful. Selasi writes beautifully about this and her path to finding pride as an African… /3
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Each year I'm grateful. This year, despite all the adversity around us, I stand especially grateful. Accepted awards + started projects alongside people I admire. Essayed to grave moments and enduring histories. Finished #HowtoRaiseanAntiracist. Here are 21 highlights from 2021.
1) Jan. 11. After attack on the U.S. Capitol, Republicans and Democrats commonly proclaimed “this is not who we are,” which was a bald-faced denial. I wrote about the normality of this denial. “When have Americans commonly admitted who we are?”…
2) Jan. 15. Announced 3 projects @netflix. Working w/ director @RogerRossWill + executive producer @MaraBrockAkil to adapt #StampedfromtheBeginning + #Stamped—and w/ @chrisdocnee, creator of Doc McStuffins (my daughter’s fav show) to adapt #AntiracistBaby…
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"The fights over the 1619 Project, like most fights over history, at their essence are about power." From my opening essay in the #1619Project book, titled, "Origins."
From the essay: 'Why would we expect the nation's power structure even to acknowledge, much less come to terms, with such a dark and formative chapter in our collective family history?" the renowned historian Peter H. Wood wrote. "Origins," page xxviii.
"After all...'nations need to control national memory, because nations keep their shape by shaping their citizens understanding of the past.'" From ORIGINS, p. xxviii
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For the first time in a long time, I have a book I really want to read. A dangerous book, apparently. I fine the intro challenging to my Massachusetts/Plymouth Rock upbringing. So far, so good. Image
In the hopes of encouraging others to read, I'm going to tweet about it as honestly as I can. 1619 refers to an event in the Jamestown settlement which predates the arrival of the pilgrims in Plymouth.
I still have difficulty believing that there was a European colony before Plymouth -Jamestown in 1618. 1619 is the date that the first ship bringing African slaves arrived. Plymouth Colony was settled in 1620. 2019 was the 400th anniversary of the first African slaves in the US
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In response to a favorable reference to Tom Mackaman's "trenchant critique" of the #1619Project, @jbouie of the NY Times tweeted: "unfortunately i am having a hard time getting through the vitriolic denunciations that punctuate every other sentence" 1/
This is a dishonest characterization of Mackaman's essay, which provided a meticulously researched refutation of @jakesilverstein's latest effort to legitimize the Project's racialist and politically reactionary falsification of US history. 2/
The two outstanding features of Mackaman's essay are 1) his careful review of the treatment of slavery by American historians, dating back to the work of George Bancroft in the 19th century, demolishing the @nytimes claim that the subject was ignored by "white" scholars. 3/
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Absolutely. She makes both claims: the founders’ words didn’t mean what they actually did mean / the founders didn’t actually believe those words, and we’ve changed those words over time and also (b) that their words were glorious & we vindicate them over time.
This ambivalence is absolutely crucial to the #1619Project for several reasons. For one, it allows project participants to simultaneously call America evil and also claim not to be anti-American.
It allows them to pretend to celebrate civil rights leaders like MLK who obviously contradicted their anti-American views. It allows them to evade the charge of historical inaccuracy and journalistic dishonesty.
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From 2-time Pulitzer Prize winner Alan Taylor: “In the Southern mainland colonies, Patriots fought to preserve slavery for Blacks as well as the liberty of whites. Indeed, they regarded slave labor as an essential economic foundation for sustaining the freedom of white men.”
From @jakesilverstein: “Astute readers will note the similarities between this line and the sentence in Nikole’s essay that was at the center of the five historians’ complaints.” Interesting, there was no organized effort to discredit Taylor’s Pulitzer nor an open letter campaign
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