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“The genetic record shows that it was mostly enslaved women who contributed to the present-day gene pool...

Enslaved men often died before they had a chance to have children.

Enslaved women were often raped and forced to have children.”…
“The 23andMe project found this general pattern, but also uncovered a startling difference in the experience of men and women between regions in the Americas.”/2
“The scientists calculated that enslaved women in th contributed 1.5 times more to the modern-day gene pool of people of African descent than enslaved men.

In the Latin Caribbean, they contributed 13 times more. In Northern South America, they contributed 17 times more.”/3
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Some things we learned in our journey of getting to know #HarrietTubman for this unique take on her personality, some of which you may know yourself/ (#minty is available on Youtube and Vimeo )
1)She was always considered a very independent girl/slave
2)she had incredibly adult responsibilities as a child bc she was trusted and a self-starter, two qualities that would eventually lead her and many others to freedom
3)She was hit in the head w a brick thrown by a slave owner when she tried to intervene in a punishment
4)she developed narcolepsy but swore to her dying day it wasn't narcolepsy but a gift from God. She claimed God showed her visions in her "fugues", some that helped her out of some very risky close calls. She credits those visions with her successes.
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Spoilers ahead! I've spent the weekend percolating on my thoughts after seeing @HarrietFilm Friday. While I liked the movie as a whole, there was one character/story line that did not sit well with me. When I thought about it, the signs were there.
In fact, I don't even know why it was in the film to begin with. Why on earth would the writers of this movie think it was okay to have a black antagonist in this? The antagonists should have only been the white people and the institution of slavery.
I loved watching Harriet on screen. She was strong and sure, and an inspiration. By contrast, every time Bigger Long came on the screen I cringed and not because he was the "bad guy."
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@SpeakerPelosi it is NOT a matter of who is in the $20. It is about cost. On average, 8 billion $20 in circulation, it costs 11.5 cents per bill to create, it would cost 92 BILLION DOLLARS .
Harriet Tubman saved many lives running the underground railroad.
#HarrietTubman I'm sure would rather the 92 Billion go to saving many more lives.
+ physical currency is almost a thing of the past.
Digital $ is coming.
@SpeakerPelosi I'm sure Miss Harriet Tubman would want $92 Billion to go to saving lives from homicides in Chicago for instance.
Helping #ChicagoPD or help low income families and the homeless.
Use $20,000 of the 92 BILLION And have a statue of Harriet made next to Lincoln etc
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Homicide always requires a certain hubris: a pride that vaunts the "wants" or "needs" of the killer over the life of the killed.

That hubris is now on display with a posting from "Auntie Lynn."
That posting directs itself to the women of Georgia (and other States adopting "#heartbeat" #abortion restrictions).

The posting pretends to be an invitational note from an old Auntie who lives in New York. Well, no, it is an invitation so it isn't a pretense in that respect.
The pretense is that it comes from one's Aunt rather than from folks involved in #murdering #uterine #children for hire. Auntie Lynn wants poor repressed mothers in #Georgia and elsewhere to know that #abortions will still be available to them in #NewYork.
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To all the people, designated White by colonizing nations, who are becoming disillusion by your evangelical or Christian faith: When you walk away from Jesus you are not #woke. You are operating out of the white supremacy you say you abhor. 1/ #LiberatingEvangelicalism
When you walk away from Jesus and Christian faith to be “woke” you are walking away from a faith that sprang from brown, indigenous, colonized people. You’re walking away from faith born on the underside of empire in the context of oppressed peoples. 2/ #LiberatingEvangelicalism
You’re walking away from the faith of enslaved people who found such profound liberation in Jesus that they broke laws to gather together and worship in #trees! 3/
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Just finished the first proper run-through of #Harriet by @HildaMParedes at #MuziektheaterTransparant, and boy, this piece is going to hit the audience hard.
The realisation that #HarrietTubman died only just over a century ago, and her words are now being sung by an African American woman — the magnificent Claron McFadden — from a town (Rochester) that Harriet passed through on her missions, gives me goosebumps.
I don’t want to give away too much of @JeanLacornerie’s staging, but there are many moments that give me chills. One moment is where Harriet is ‘crowned’ in an intimate ritual that celebrates the hair that saved her from death when an overseer hit her head with a metal weight.
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Here is why Cynthia Erivo, in particular, should not play Harriet Tubman.

TL; DR: There’s a troubling pattern of Cynthia repeatedly, deliberately, selectively *choosing* to not give respect to African-American heritage – the heritage of Harriet Tubman.
Note: There’s an argument to be made against Africans/non-DOS Brits playing important African-American figures – & vice versa. Performance & perspective, where & how we take up space, larger economic & cultural issues at play.

Others have unpacked that; this thread won’t.
This thread is about why Cynthia Erivo should not play Harriet Tubman, “the Moses of her people” & a sacred African-American ancestor. It goes beyond Cynthia’s birthplace, accent, heritage & even her association with an ethnic bigot.

It rests on a pattern of behavior & choices.
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The framing of @paularogo's @Essence piece on Cynthia Erivo is…interesting.

This response will be a long thread bc it's impt that:
◾️we step back to analyze the larger narrative that's being created ◾️Essence is aware that we're aware of deliberate editorial decisions.
TL;DR: From word choice, to sourcing, to biased, inaccurate framing, @paularogo's article, "Cynthia Erivo Pushes Back On Criticism Of Her New Role As Harriet Tubman" amounts to an Erivo fluff piece that tries to further neutralize valid criticism of a very real, very large issue.
(Note: When referring to African-Americans, I'm referring to DOS (descendant of slaves, h/t @BreakingBrown)/DACS (descendants of American chattel slavery)/BADASS (Black American descendants of American slavery & sharecropping, h/t @kimmaytube)
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"#ChuckAndNancy" #LimousineLiberals #Politics -- #DemExit #EPluribusUnum

Genevieve Wood: Schumer Shutdown Makes Clear Democrats’ Real Priorities…

#SchumerShutdown | #tcot #PJNET
#LimousineLiberals #Soros #SJW #Antifa #LiberalFascism -- #DemExit #EPluribusUnum

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| #tcot #PJNET
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