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The silence from white academics on my TL concerning Jessica Krug is deafening, especially because the academy is historically structurally violent against Black women.
Black women are told that they are not objective enough to focus on race studies, especially in quantitative fields. This white woman poses as a [light-skinned] Black woman and moves through, no questions asked, studying race.

I'm seething.
I am frustrated because white women like Jessica Krug get press and attention for lying about being Black women while ACTUAL Black women get nothing and we didn't lie.

#BlackinTheIvory is being punished for being yourself while a white person is awarded for posing as you.
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🧵In case it hasn’t been made abundantly clear how little wyte scholars respect Black scholars, I present to you this past week’s conversation w/ 2 wyte women who have created a project to get rid of racist pedagogy in Old English studies. 1/
Problem: they’ve erased BIPOC scholars, dismissing concerns & appropriating, columbusing ideas & perpetuating white supremacist actions that keep the field stagnant. #medievaltwitter #shakerace #BIGGER16 #raceb4race

Tldnr: this is abt wyte saviors, BIPOC erasure, columbusing 2/
& perpetual mistreatment of marginalized communities, particularly by wyte women who dont keep up on issues but capitalize on “race” scholarship for their CVs. This is abt scholars who dont put into practice theories they read & think they know. They don't treat us w/ dignity. 3/
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WOW. OKAY. Yeah, I'm the person they're referring to. I have previously noted that @DrWilliamProct1 is complicit in #racismo. I gave @henryjenkins the benefit of the doubt. More fool me. Great job on the racism. Love that BLM header. #ComicsStudies #FanStudies #MediaStudies
The second person @DrWilliamProct1 is referencing is @RukminiPande who is someone who has not only repeatedly pointed out how racially gaslighting his work is, but has had to listen to him say things like he doesn't think structural racism exists. Fuck this racist dude.
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Thrilled to share that my article, From Academic Freedom to Cancel Culture: Silencing Black Women in the Legal Academy, will be published in the @UCLALawReview. Here’s the updated abstract followed by a thread of quotes from each section: [1/9]
The Introduction: “If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.”-Zora Neale Hurston [2/9]
On #CancelCulture: “Shame is a tool of imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy because it produces trauma which often produces paralysis.”-@bellhooks [3/9]
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Medicine/Surgery/Academia have a race and gender problem. So what are we going to do about it? We're going to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. #MedTwitter #BlackMedTwitter #MedStudentTwitter #BlackintheIvory
Before we can even get into the issues within medicine, we need to address the idea that because we are medical professionals we are exempt from having to deal with the issues that often happen right outside our doors. i.e. injustice, discrimination, racism
My white coat does not protect me from being a Black woman in America. And my privilege to wear one has been accomplished in spite of a system that was built to stop me from wearing one. So for me the world outside my ivory tower and inside it are interchangeable.
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This article by ⁦@DrIvanJoseph⁩ is 🔥🔥🔥 it provides mic drop after mic drop of truth bombs that most people in academia simply don’t want to admit. Read. Reflect. Revolutionize. #BlackintheIvory #racism #MedEd #MedTwitter…
“Racism in an institution isn’t restricted to race-laced insults...It’s often more subtle and nuanced, yet pernicious. Based on my experiences in the ivory tower of academia, here is what institutional racism can look like.”
“Institutional racism is white leaders within the prevailing power structure arranging “a meeting before the meeting” to align the majority around their position.“
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Wow, the out pouring of love from y’all (some i know personally & some i don’t) has moved me to legit tears. #becauseofJoy
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I make it a point to try my hardest to be honest and earnest in everything i do.
I’ve been in these public spaces speaking my truth to power long before the hashtag #blackintheivory and i will long after.
So here is my truth.
I am no longer associating with #BlackintheIvory because i was told by the now solo creator that i wasn’t allowed/shouldn’t be called a co-founder.
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This article is published behind a paywall in a "peer-reviewed" journal. It's actually a racist rant against which all who care about academic standards should protest. #BlackInTheIvory

I'll post it in full, page by page, in this thread. It's vile. 1/…
"minorities— especially blacks and Hispanics—typically respond only weakly to chances to get ahead through education and work" [unreferenced]. 2/
"Many experts .. thought that 'social barriers' of some impersonal kind were preventing [poor] adults from working— such as racial bias, absence of skills or child care, and so on. But no such clear impediment has been found." [unreferenced] 3/
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I need to have a talk about Indigenous research, Indigenous-led research, research about or with Indigenous ppl & where non-Indigenous ppl fit within them. I’m seeing more & more non-Indigenous ppl leading Indigenous projects at my institution #AcademicTwitter #BlackintheIvory
So let’s be clear on what the difference is. Research about Indigenous ppl is the kind of research that has caused significant damage to Indigenous ppls. It’s the kind of research that saw non-Indigenous anthropologists misinterpreting our cultures, exoticising us or just plain..
referring to us as savages. Research about Indigenous ppl is the kind of research that saw our skulls removed from graves and studied to ‘prove’ Darwinian theory, with white folk claiming we were the missing link between humans and apes. Don’t be that non-Indigenous researcher.
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Hello Twitter, my name is Jane’e, a current medical student, at a UC and I would like to share my experience. I’ve been hesitant to share this, but I have come to realize how important it is to hold our institutions accountable for discrimination and perpetuating systemic racism.
Given the powers and structures in place that protect and reinforce racism and discrimination in medical education, minority students are often left without the time and resources to defend themselves when faced with ordeals that threaten their equal access to education.
This is an issue and process that has been going on for years and I can no longer remain quiet. I have sacrificed my time, money, and sanity to pursue this case against the UC Regents. So here we go…
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Make your point clear.
Help me hear you.
Don’t be mean.



That’s what I used to say to my sons when they were still early in their language development. I still recall the frustration that would wash over their young faces mid-tantrum.
Now they’re older & frustration looks different. But those same words still hold true. And here lately? I’m also saying them to myself.


Today, I’m reflecting on what it means to use our words.

Especially as it relates to how we #dothework of antiracism.
Like many trying to #dothework, I read this book. I’ve found a lot of @DrIbram's ideas thought provoking. Like this:

“What if we measured the radicalism of speech by how radically it transforms open-minded people? By how the speech liberates the anti-racist power within?”
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Can we officially do away with the phrase “implicit bias” in 2020? Please? Pretty please?

Can we FINALLY just call it what it is? It’s racism. Can’t we finally just say racism when we actually mean racism?

It’s sad that having this stance in academia makes me “radical” 🙄
Part of institutional racism is white supremacist power demanding that we don’t actually say the word “racism” when it’s what we’re actually talking about.

If hear me say the phrase “implicit bias” in person, know that I’m codeswitching/in performance mode 👀😂 #BlackintheIvory
Join me in telling these institutions NO. I will call this what it is. If you aren’t comfortable with me doing that, let’s sit down and talk about why.
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🎙LIVE FROM #SACRAMENTO, it’s #science #trivia night! Welcome to @TriviaWithBens hosted for #CapSciCommLive🌶️! Follow the game here on Twitter (@CapSciComm Prof/Student Members gain call access:… [1/n]
🎙@TriviaWithBens Rules: No limit on how many people to a team—solo, with family/roommates, or virtually with friends! Come up with your team name and have a great time. Tweet selfies of your team all night long by tagging @TriviaWithBens and #CapSciCommLive 🌶️!
🎙@TriviaWithBens Rules for #CapSciCommLive 🌶️: We will score answers after each round. Y'all are on your honor to score your own sheets. No checking your phone/internet or your home bookshelf for answers while playing! This isn't a Google-contest 😂🧐…
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Humility is driven into you as a trainee. I tempered my expertise for so long that I didn't even tweet until after my postdoc.

Well, dagnabbit, I AM AN EXPERT on #racism, #BlackMentalHealth, + #TheTalk, and of my 40+ (!!!) media appearances last month, here are my #TopTen faves:
And what about police tactics worsening #PublicHealth during the protests? Check out my commentary here in this @FastCompany piece:…
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Alright here’s my thread on racism in U.K. academia... David Starkey edition. Last year, @AfricaJacs approached me to take part in this fabulous collection about “ethics in collaboration”. Almost every paper touched on problems of these collaborations w/o using the word “racism”.
Even in my own paper, I spoke candidly about being ignored by Global North scholars about the conditions African PHD and postdocs face working in joint collaborative projects without mentioning “racism” because I was worried about the impact that would have on my career.
But then #BlackLivesMattter emerged & then #BlackintheIvory gave us a platform for airing our grievances & now David Starkey’s stank ass has spoken and I’m quite annoyed at the people saying “this doesn’t represent British historians”. Yes, it literally does.
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Happy final day of #PrideMonth2020! Many people don't know #LGBTQ scientists have been involved in ecology/ evolutionary biology since its inception. A thread! Strap in for some history including kicking Nazi ass, saving an herbarium after the 1906 earthquake, and more (1/x)
A few quick disclaimers: finding historical LGBTQ people can be hard. First off - many people had to hide their sexual or gender identity for a variety of reasons! They would most likely lose their jobs. They often weren't safe and faced violence or state sanctioned sterilization
Second - historians (especially in the past) often didn't like talking about people being LGBTQ. There are code words historians used to avoid talking about it. Maybe they had a roommate (for life) or a really really good best friend!

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1/ Although I do whatever I can to flatten power hierarchies with my students, this is one place that my Blackness and my woman-ness won’t let me go.

A thread.

I CANT give you license to call me by my first name if you are a learner. Why?
2/ Because my Blackness and woman-ness mean I am not respected by those around me at baseline, despite being Ivy League educated and a physician.

Despite playing your game for over 30 years and relentlessly grinding and hustling and pushing to get your accolades so you see me…
3/ …and think I matter and speaking the way you want me to and straightening my hair and hiding from you my Blackness and the extent of the violence you visit on black bodies like mine to keep YOU comfortable (so I have a prayer of you actually listening to me this time and…
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It’s Monday, so – did you know that a Byzantine manuscript shows Alexander the Great sending a version of the “dick pic?” Here’s that promised thread @tlecaque @thereallajones 1/20
The Internet seems pretty familiar with the Western medieval manuscript featuring the penis trees, yeah? Well let’s examine a Byzantine case of not-quite-subliminal messaging that I think beats penis trees any day 2/20
Created for Emperor Alexios III Megas-Komnenos of Trebizond (r. 1349-1390), the 14th cent Venice Hellenic Institute Codex Graecus 5, aka the Trebizond Alexander Romance (TAR), is an extensively illustrated manuscript of the legendary adventures of Alexander the Great 3/20
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Hey #MedStudentTwitter #neurology residents, another #EndNeurophobia #MedEd #tweetorial to celebrate joining the @CPSolvers team!


cc: @Tracey1milligan @MadSattinJ @CrystalYeoMDPhD
@DxRxEdu @MedTweetorials
But first a moment of silence for

Grateful for❤️ for #EndNeurophobia but hope you read rest of my feed, which seeks to amplify voices I’m learning from on the path to being an antiracist ally.

to learn more, follow/learn from #BlackMedTwitter #BlackintheIvory
listen @thepraxispod @thenocturnists
read @dribram
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#threadstorytime : The Fire 🔥🔥A tale of hustle, passion and what demoralizes #BlackInMedicine #BlackintheIvory Physicians ... (buckle up) ➡️👉🏾
2/🧵As a new academic year is upon us and new interns and R2’s have just started their roles.... with shiny new Littmans and eyes full of promise it might be nice to tell a story about when it doesn’t go according to plan. 👉🏾
3/🧵 Often in medicine we are led to believe we are the ONLY ones who have dealt with unexpected situations, experienced doubt about the specialty choice or been forced to survive a tumultuous experience WHILE maintaining our commitment to learning. 👉🏾
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I spent 6 hours this week advising Black students. None of them from UNH.

Don’t want the students to feel bad about this but ppl need to know how much time some of us are putting in, weekly, because their local people won’t put any time in/aren’t competent. #BlackintheIvory
And since even my husband didn’t understand this until I spelled it out for him:

I am not the community mule. If you invite me to give a science talk at your school, I am not obligated to do service to your school on top of that. And this isn’t about whether you pay me.
Black scholars have a right to just focus on their science and to be treated with the same level of respect for our time and dignity as lazy ass white scholars who never bother to learn how to talk to minoritized students.
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The Fisher Lecture: an epilogue.

I am delighted that COPSS decided to retire the name of the Fisher Award and Lecture, and to create a new COPSS Distinguished Achievement Award and Lecture.

A lot has happened during the past 3 weeks since I posted this original thread.

In the world . . . well, read the news, I can’t give you a recap.

But in case you've been living under a rock . . it’s been a lot.

I’ll focus on just two news items.

In academia specifically, we have seen the #BlackInTheIvory hashtag on Twitter. So many Black academics have described, in heartbreaking detail, the many ways in which the academic system makes them feel unwelcome or sets up concrete barriers to their success.

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#BlackInTheIvory grad school group project. Student CCs prof to "tell on me" that I have not responded to her email. Meanwhile I'm in full on grief mode from family death and BLM police violence.
So I share this grief with said classmate. She CCs the prof again. Her response is basically "I don't care about your life. Send the assignment so I can get my points." #BlackintheIvory
In the end, she "assigns" me the 40 pg. article while hers is only 10 pgs. Then submits the group assignment without my name on it. #BlackintheIvory
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H/T @hood_naturalist: #BlackInTheIvory The only reason I decided against majoring in math initially was because a teacher told me that I couldn't handle it.

Black girls are told that they can't do math often and its empirically shown @DaniaFrancis
Math is a gateway for so many fields, especially ones that rely on numbers to understand the world deeply, e.g. Astronomy, Physics, Economics, etc.

These disciplines also have the lowest shares of Black women at the doctoral level in the U.S.

#BlackinAstro #BlackAFinSTEM
Note that @AgnesIrwin is an all-girls grade school, which means that the quote I've shared is actually from someone in high school.

There is actually entire instagram pages dedicated to the experiences of Black high school students.…
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