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Reworked my course on nonprofits and social innovation for #BHM to open each class in Feb with African American history. A thread on the sources I used and how this history helped me frame the seemingly neutral "third sector" as a site of struggle, power, and change 1/
For context--this is an intro course for 40 undergraduate @UMDPublicPolicy @DoGoodatUMD students interested in nonprofits and social innovation. Each class meeting contains both lecture and discussion. Here are the topics we covered: 2/
Nonprofits: The Boston Black United Front and their denial of charitable status by the IRS to discuss nonprofits as spaces for politics, black power, and policing by federal agencies. processhistory.org/dunning-philan… 3/
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Last day of #BHM leaving off on this note.
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On this last day of this so-called #BHM, I feel the NEED to clear up one very important aspect in cultural differences that's causing ALL SORTS OF TROUBLE:

"MY BLACK FRIEND"

I hope y'all are ready, bc this is a THREAD, HUNTY.

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Let's start off slowly...

There are ACQUAINTANCES, ASSOCIATES, COLLEAGUES, COHORTS, & FRIENDS.

It's rather PERPLEXING, IRKSOME, but sometimes FLAT-OUT HILARIOUS to POC that these categories are oftentimes mixed up by nonPOC.

Most of the time, we don't know.
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Refresher:

Acquaintance: someone you've only just been introduced to, or someone you've had a brief interaction with- you at least recognize them

Examples: networking, running into the same person in different places

NOT CHO FRIEND 🤣😂
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FYI: White slave masters raped black women regularly, fathered mixed children, & placed those children (their own progeny) into chattel slavery.

White “Christians” worshipped God w/ slaves chained to pews.

If racists will enslave black people; racists can have black employees.
Black slave women who served in the house taking care of white children (Mammys) were considered part of the family. They were more valued like beloved pets than people but racist slave masters white still considered them “family”.
A “good n*gger” was something racists called black people, typically men, who were docile and did exactly what they were told. These blacks were called “friends” & the Psychological manipulation led some slaves to love & protect their masters in return for The “friendship”.
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The Black ⛪️ Church

One of the oldest institutions opposed to #whitesupremacy.

In celebration of #BHM #BlackHistoryMonth, we pay homage to “The Black Ark”, to our teva ark in Hebrew (תבה) — The Black Church.

History of the Black Church in America

The Black Church was our ark in ⛈ weather, our refuge before any dove could be released!
After slavery was abolished, segregationist attitudes in both the North and the South discouraged and even prevented African Americans from worshiping in the same churches as whites.
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The #BrownvBoard ruling followed an arduous, spirited, and inspired legal strategy pioneered by Charles Hamilton Houston: taking aim at segregation and the pernicious precedent of Plessy v. Ferguson through a series of challenges throughout the country. #BlackHistoryMonth
The Supreme Court declared the longstanding doctrine “separate but equal” unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education (1954), one of the most important and celebrated legal cases in American history. #BlackHistoryMonth2019
Houston died in 1950, but his protégée Thurgood Marshall continued to carry the torch, litigating Brown, a coordinated effort which linked five lawsuits against school districts in Kansas, South Carolina, Delaware, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. #BHM
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The Black Conservative Civil War

“There is a civil war occurring between the intellectual, solution-driven black conservatives and the fame-oriented, pseudo-intellectuals on the black right.”

blackconservative360.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-bl…

#CPAC2019 #BHM
#BlackLivesMatter #blackconservativemovement
“The most identifiable feature of fame-oriented black conservatives is their absurdist addiction to the inconsequential issue of whether or not blacks choose to identify as African American or just American. They call this the “unhyphenated American” movement.”
“While this issue is unimportant to regular people, it is deeply important to pseudo-intellectual, fame-oriented black conservatives, because it is the key issue that they use to ingratiate themselves with white conservatives.”
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It's 2019, evangelicals are having the exact same "how do we make progress on race" discourse I addressed with Carl Ellis, Anthony Carter, etc. in 1998 in Miami. Nothing's changed. The best solution "multi-ethnic" churches?, which are really churches for interracial couples. #BHM
(In 1998, the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals had a bunch of us in Miami given lectures on the future of race and evangelicalism.)
More specifically, multi-ethnic churches are safe places for many black men who wouldn't marry black women (so they didn't have to face #ADOS black women who would resent them for it). But that's another discussion about the way black women have been maligned & sidelined. #BHM
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For #BHM Spotlight Sunday, I want to highlight an issue that deeply affected me as a child, and at times, a young adult: Colorism or "the prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group". A thread/
There is no denying that being Black comes with its own sets of struggles, but compound that with being *dark-skinned*? Whew chile, the fight becomes harder, esp. for Black women. There have been times when I am surprised when people call me beautiful. Colorism runs deeep. 2/
The idea of colorism is that the closer you are to being white the better, and you're worth is measured by that cc @SandyDarity @KEBroady work on Blackness journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.117…. It's reinforced when the only prominent BW that are uplifted are fair-skinned, e.g. Beyonce. 3/
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This is another form of anti-Black racism we endure on a nearly daily basis everywhere: White ppl making demands of us with the full presupposition that their desire, will and whim at all times has preeminence over ours...followed by their ire and vindictiveness if we dont submit
It's always cloaked in language of "courtesy". "Be courteous." "Iasked nicely." That's the rationalization, the pressure you feel. But it has NOTHING to do with courtesy and everything to do with White Supremacy.
It's not the spirit of courtesy. Ion care how insincerely they grin when they make the "request". Like a discerning Black apostolic church altar worker, Black folks can see that spirit a mile off. It's the spirit of Jim Crow.
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Every day for the rest of the month we'll be bringing you a #FoldingChair #BlackHistoryMonth fact, celebrating a man or woman who created their own seat at the table.
#CreatingCommunityWhereverWeSit #BHM
Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm famously said “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” In 1968, Chisholm became the first black woman elected to Congress. She campaigned using the slogan "Unbought and Unbossed."
#BlackHistoryMonth #BHM
Psychiatrist Frantz Fanon was a foundational figure in postcolonial thought and decolonization struggles. His written works have become central in Africana philosophy, due to their commentary on anti-colonial cultures and national liberation.
#BlackHistoryMonth
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The @Wikipedia page of Dr Clarice Phelps (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarice_P…), researcher @ORNL, has been nominated for deletion because the references fail to establish notability. 🙏🏽 Please vote en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia… and help improve the biography. #BHM #womeninSTEM
The problem is not that she’s not notable, or that @Wikipedia editors are a bunch of sexist trolls waiting to jump on the bio of an impressive scientist, but because despite her success there are very few reliable references I could use. She may have discovered an element, ..
but there’s relatively little written about her from reliable sources. Idea: universities, learned societies, news websites, start profiling these innovative and inspiring underrepresented minority scientists. It would help the @WikiWomenInRed squad a lot!
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The young girl who was to become Phillis Wheatley was kidnapped and taken to Boston on a slave ship in 1761 and purchased by a tailor, John Wheatley, as a personal servant for his wife, Susanna. She was treated kindly in the Wheatley household, almost as a third child.
The Wheatleys soon recognized her talents and gave her privileges unusual for a slave, allowing her to learn to read and write. In less than two years, under the tutelage of Susanna and her daughter, Phillis had mastered English.
She went on to learn Greek and Latin and caused a stir among Boston scholars by translating a tale from Ovid.
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#BlackHistoryMonth starts today: a time to honor African Americans and their powerfully important contributions to our country. All month, we’ll be celebrating black women & the barriers they've broken – often in the face of systemic racism.
Let’s start #BlackHistoryMonth by honoring Fannie Lou Hamer: a fierce civil rights leader. Fannie Lou championed women’s rights, voting rights & workers' rights. She endured violence to help thousands of people register to vote & fight illegal segregation. washingtonpost.com/news/retropoli…
Today on her birthday, we celebrate a powerfully important voice in the fight for racial justice: #RosaParks. Her courageous act on a Montgomery bus changed the civil rights movement & showed our country the power of protest. cnn.com/2018/12/01/us/… #BlackHistoryMonth
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February is #BlackHistoryMonth in the US. As I’ve been doing for past couple of years, every day this month I will post a book by/about a Black feminist or a Black woman whose writing is important to me. #BHM
#1. Some of Us Did Not Die: New & Selected Essays of June Jordan - June Jordan.
#BHM Book: Some of Us Did Not Die: New & Selected Essays of June Jordan.‬<br />
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#2. Feminism Is: South Africans Speak Their Truth, Edited by Jen Thorpe (kindle edition)
#BHM
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As promised, here's a short introduction to #BlackFinnishHistory
First, keep in mind that at present there is no book or course on Black Finnish (or Afro-Finnish/African Finnish) history for me to refer to. There's info out there but it hasn't been pieced together into a clear timeline.
While still part of Sweden, Finns were as engaged in colonialism as their peers during the 1600s and were present at col.settlements in the US, trade posts in West Africa. In all likelihood, Finns were involved in slavery and thus with slaves, but there are no clear records.
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