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The only feelings to center on are those of black community
Wrong use of this quote during the week of #DerekChauvinTrial

Some people “feel” things if a white male faces accountability
Amy Cooper’s feelings: call cops
Racism & racism lite has always focused on “feelings” #BLM
When @ayshakhoury or @uche_blackstock were authentic in their feelings: ended careers

Black female physician #DrSusanMoore having “knowledge” or a “voice”
while DYING
made others
*feel* “intimidated.”

This is part of a known pattern for WOC
#BLM #BlackintheIvory
This is a repeating pattern of “feelings” used against tellers of uncomfortable truths that #MLK described in the letter from the Birmingham jail.

Seeking order > justice or overpolicing are all to protect only certain “feelings” of “security” while those like #adamtoledo die.
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Important perspective below

When I was a foreign grad & trainee I bought into idea: I just needed to work 3x as hard to get 1/2 as far

At mid-career, my health gave out trying for:
“be the person you needed when you were younger”
& to protect students

this system does not work ImageImage
Editors of elite journal @JAMA_current question if medical racism is real

the business world gets it
published this on #minoritiesinmedicine #blackexcellence #blm #BlackLivesMatter

#MedTwitter needs #transparency & #Accountability…
why can’t elite journals that define #EBM & #datadriven #healthcare
like @JAMA_current

focus on OUTCOMES
as experienced by PATIENTS

Why focus on LABELS certain physicians don’t like to hear?

Am a former regulator
we need quality #data by gatekeepers…
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In the last few years I have become increasingly outspoken to the detriment of certain professional relationships & at some reputational risk - in particular holding fellow so-called “model minority” accountable on harm

we as a society MUST stop killing & harming ppl
There are 1001 ways to avoid difficult, uncomfortable change.

Those who (I’m going to be frank) are lazy, selfish or lack sufficient ability or courage, will oppose change, often also mislabeling other people either as lazy “moochers” or aggressors.

#BLM #blacklivesmatter
A culture of civility only empowers the true aggressor. It allows silencing and mislabeling of anyone who speaks up regarding system level harm or interpersonal harm.…
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On the 53rd anniversary of the day Dr. King was assassinated, here is a #thread of #speeches and #sermons in which he speaks truth to power, shares about his philosophy of nonviolence, and expounds on issues of injustice and what our righteous, rigorous response should be. #MLK
“We’re coming to get our check.” #MLK on #poverty, #economic inequality, and America’s refusal to distribute “land to Black people, although the nation distributed land to other groups.
Today also marks the 54th anniversary of #MLK’s ‘Beyond #Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.’ Please spend some time with it. “If America's soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read: Vietnam.” Link:
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My father’s final speech, given the evening before he was assassinated, 53 years ago today.

“I may not get there with you.”
‘I’ve Been To The Mountaintop’ #MLK
April 3, 1968 (the evening before he was assassinated)

Full speech:
“Now the other thing we'll have to do is this: always anchor our external direct action with the power of economic withdrawal...We don't have to argue with anybody. We don't have to curse and go around acting bad with our words. We don't need any bricks and bottles.” #Mountaintop
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Thread of the @RealTimers panel w/ @billmaher @larrywilmore @HBO 3/12/2021

1/ Capitalism is the best system of its kind. We need to bail out people, not companies
2/ We need to break up big tech

The top 10%, not to mention the top 1%, are living their best lives

5 companies (Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook & Microsoft) make up 21% of the S&P500 (24% in Jan 2021)

(my stat about 7 companies = 51% is incorrect, misread a chart)
3/ We've created an industrial shaming culture where you get points for being offended. Universities should be graduating not wokesters but warriors.

@NYUStern colleague @jonhaidt cites a core principle of rhetoric: interpret an argument as charitably as possible

@BurgerKing ad
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▶️Remembering z late Adhanom Gebremariam👇

Remembering #Eritrea|s Conscience Prisoners is also about #Eritrea|s exiled political leaders – alive & dead, people (& their remains) who remain separated from their families, people & nation b/c of their dissenting political views. Image
Continued, on Biography of Adhanom:

1972 – 1991: Covered with scars - large & small, Adhanom's body bear witness to z many skirmishes, battles & wars that he participated in or directed as rank & file fighter, platoon leader, battalion & brigade commander, all z way up to Image
heading, in z mid-to-late 1980s, EPLF’s first military divisions. Elected to z central committee at its 2nd congress (1988), in 1989 he was recalled from z frontlines, where he served for almost 26 yrs, & assigned to head z front’s trade department.
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17 days ago @VP Kamala Harris became the first woman of color, the first woman of south Asian heritage, the first graduate of an Historically Black College & University AND, the first Black woman Vice President of the United States of America. #velshi
@VP 2/12
Whether or not you share @VP Harris politics, who she is embodies the future of our country, one that is growing ever more racially diverse. #velshi
Harris’s history-making started years before her swearing in ceremony when, after becoming just the second Black woman to serve in the Senate, she announced her plans to seek the Democratic nomination for President. #velshi
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@MANOEL17544203 @ptbrasil @jairbolsonaro @govbr ÁUDIO-B0MBA!! B0LSONARO PERDE APOIO E CPI DO #leitecondensado VEM AÍ!! via @YouTube
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I wrote this a few years ago. It's still relevant. #MLK


I Don’t Know What Dr. King Would Have Thought About Abortion and Neither Do You…
"When it comes to abortion rates in the Black community, racism isn’t abortion’s evil twin—racism is abortion’s progenitor."…
"If anti-choice advocates want more Black children to be born to Black women (and I highly doubt they do because, well, racism) then they should make this country a more hospitable birthing environment for Black women."…
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Today’s #MLK day converges with a lot.

1) Pandemic
2) Movement for Black lives
3) Anti-Democratic coup attempt
4) Unprecedented shuttering of small biz
5) Climate disaster at our door

All on the eve of the inauguration of Joe Biden, who must respond to all of it.

Many players contributed to this, especially #BigTech. No player has more fingers in all of it than Jeff Bezos

@JoeBiden’s @Transition46 team considering Amazon insiders for positions designed to regulate Amazon is alarming

(2/) see @ddayen @ryangrim…
How does @Amazon contribute to each of these?

Amazon played fast and loose with the lives of its workers through the pandemic.

Even prior to COVID19, its injury rate was 2X industry's.

see #ProtectAmazonWorkers (3/)
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This is Marks, Mississippi.

It's where #MLK started his Poor People's Campaign to show the plight of black communities, especially in the rural south.

More than 50 yrs. later, the median household income is just $28,511. 30% of the population lives below the poverty line.
Like many parts of rural America, the population has collapsed. There's little effort by private institutions to save any of these people from their economic plight.
Despite it being a solidly Democratic area, we're as unlikely to see any efforts to help these people... just like rural voters in solidly Republican areas see little help during a Republican presidency.
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I have a dream speech might be my fav speech

so many times since I lost my meds or watched disabled Americans discriminated, or thought of hateful riots

MLKs speech came to my mind

#MLKDay #MartinLutherKingDay #MartinLutherKingJr #MartinLutherKingJrDay
In a sense, we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence (Yeah), they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.
This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men (My Lord), would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note
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Don’t really need to see #MLK quotes today unless you are living and breathing the fight against anti-Black racism wherever you are. Good will on #MLKDay or any other day is grossly insufficient if you have a shallow understanding of the systems of racism at play. 1/9
In fact, as MLK said, this kind of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. So you must #dothework. Racism is embedded in every societal system. It is insidious and it takes time and effort to understand it and/or be critical of it 2/9
Black folks have to constantly do this work to fix a problem we didn’t create while we live in a system that is stacked against us so the least you can do is do that work as well. Doing that work is not simply soliciting feedback/perspectives or consulting with Black folks. 3/9
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On #MartinLutherKingDay don't be lulled into a false sense of complacency by quotes about love that every moderate trots out about #MLK today. He was a radical progressive who believed in fundamental change and the "fierce urgency of now." So, read his real quotes here:
"We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly I have yet to engage in a direct action campaign that was “well timed” in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease...
...of segregation. For years now I have heard the word “Wait!” It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This “Wait” has almost always meant “Never.” We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.”
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A thread offering some reading/watching for this #MLKDay2021. Some of the things I've been reading and watching that inform the work that I do greatly... here we go. Starting with a few, will add more later... /1
Baldwin, of course, on structural racism and the myth of the "promising Black man". /2
And Baldwin again. Three minutes you must watch. "Everybody knows, no matter what they do not know, that they wouldn't like to be a Black man in this country." 3
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All prejudice is evil, but the prejudice that rejects a man because of the color of his skin is the most despicable expression of man’s inhumanity to man

Other immigrant groups came to America with language and economic handicaps, but not with the stigma of color. Above all, no other ethnic group has been a slave on American soil, and no other group has had its family structure deliberately torn apart. This is the rub.

But while so many white Americans are unaware of conditions inside the ghetto, there are very few ghetto dwellers who are unaware of the life outside.

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You can't spell #MLK without #BLM. If you won't stand up today, you for sure wouldn't have stood up in the 1960s.
Many if not most Americans were against #MLK and the Civil Rights movement at the time. They justified the police brutality against peaceful protesters and assigned isolated violence to the entire movement. Exactly the way #BLM has been treated since Ferguson.
#MLK was accused of being a maxist, a terrorist, an enemy agent and a traitor. He and his family were targeted, surveilled, maligned, and terrorized by the FBI and law enforcement. Exactly the same as is being done to civil rights and #BLM movements today.
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TODAY: @Sifill_LDF will join @mitchellreports on @MSNBC to discuss the Biden/Harris administration and the work that lies ahead to address the intersecting racial, public health, and economic crises. Watch live!
"[Kamala Harris] will be the first Black woman vice president, the first vice president of South Asian descent. This is incredibly historic and really important...Even as history is being made, we are returning, in the US Senate, to a very grim look at representation..."
"It's important to remember that many people who would normally participate in a day of service today are not doing so because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And this will be one of the first and most important things for the President and Vice President-Elect to confront."
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One of my favorite stories in regards to #MLK and his connection to Cincinnati: MLK made a handful of visits to Cincinnati to speak. 1/5
On 10/24/1964, MLK was to take a motorcade from Zion Baptist Church on Glenwood Ave to Parktown Playground at Linn and Liberty St. for a rally/speech. 2/5
Upon his arrival, MLK made a beeline for the church piano where he gave an impromptu performance, playing various hymns along with a few church members who would be participating in the motorcade. 3/5
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On Friday, it was my job to do an MLK lesson in 1st-3rd grades. We watched a short video about “Courageous People” that included him, then a part of his Dream speech. Afterward, I asked 6-9 year olds to contemplate a question:

“Why is it important that we learn about MLK?”
Something that stuck with my 1st graders was this quote: “MLK wanted people to be judged by their hearts, not by the color of their skin.”

Living in the N. Idaho boonies, they have little concept of race, but they all talked about how they knew someone had a good heart:
“They are nice to their friends.”

“They stick up for little kids.”

“They are respectful to the teacher.”

Everyone agreed that it made no sense to think someone was bad because they *looked* different. “It only matters how they treat people,” one girl said.
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This is the start of my second thread on #MLK. Click in the tweet below to access my first thread. #MLKDay #MLKDay2021
Photo source: U.S. National Archives. #MLK #MLKDay #MLKDay2021
Speech "The Three Evils of Society" by #MLK on May 10, 1967. #MLKDay #MLKDay2021
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