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I’ve been thinking about three people this week.
- Jesus, as it was Easter weekend.
- Martin Luther King Jr, as it was the 53rd anniversary of his assassination on Sunday.

#Easter #MLK53 #MLKDAY
- And Mahatma Gandhi, as today is the anniversary of The Salt March – a 24 day protest against the British Salt Tax in India.

We often talk of Jesus, Gandhi, and Martin Luther-King Jr. in glowing terms. But actually their lives were lives of difficulty.
All three of them promoted non-violent resistance against injustice, yet often I feel we sanitise their stories, and neuter their contributions to history.
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1/ Welcome to the Cypess Weekly Thread Index Thread.

I implemented the long thread concept in July 2020 in order to have an easy system to access my weekly writing.

Week 1, July 18-24 2020, 10 posts:…

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1/ My Torah work is published under the title of #ReshetKeshet which, I don't make the rules, makes my "rabbi name" The Reshet Keshet (e.g. the Chofetz Chaim is Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan & he also wrote the Mishnah Berurah he's named after his first)…
2/ In order to embrace hashtag technology, I'll try to label my Torah writing with #ReshetKeshet.

Reshet is Hebrew for 'network' and I use it to reference interconnectedness.…

Keshet means 'rainbow' and that's for diversity…
3/ Diversity in interpretation, in thought, and of course in inclusion. Rav Shimshon Raphael Hirsch explains that the rainbow after the Flood symbolizes the totality of humanity, see my rebbe Rabbi Riskin for more on this:…
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#MLKDay にキング牧師を追悼して「平等を求める戦いにおいて愛とその信念を体現した英雄に敬意を表して」とツイートした #マクナニー大統領報道官 に対して #NAACP 公式「ヘイトに満ちたレトリックを撒き散らしていた者が平等と真実のために生涯を捧げた人間の言葉を語るなど言語道断」とピシャリ。
(続き)「しかもその間あなたは、近年最もヘイトに満ち分断を煽ってきた政権に身を置いてたのだから。 #MLKDay は行動を呼びかける日だが、あなたに求める行動は。黙れ!だ。」
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UHM workers, never forget that Provost Michael Bruno, took the opportunity of #MLKDay to defend allowing white supremacists to have a platform on campus. This is who our bosses are. From an email sent today entitled "Provost message on National Day of Racial Healing." @uhmanoa
ALU member @adi_gajigan: "The problem w/ this supposed "neutral" take is it helps the oppressors. White supremacy is the dominant ideology. They control the state & its apparatuses. Unis should be used to deplatform these terrorists or at the very least struggle against it."
This is the same "good people on both sides" argument that Trump and other fascists use to appease white moderates' aesthetics of multiculturalism while refusing accountability for propping up white supremacy. There is no neutrality. There is only justice or no justice.
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Trump: Day 1,459 (THREAD)
-24,626,376 Cases of COVID-19 in US
-US CV-19 Death Toll Rises to 408,620
-Day 72 Since Biden Declared Winner
-Melania Didn't Invite Jill Biden to WH
-Worst 1st Term Approval Rating Ever
-Refuses to Commemorate MLK Day
-Releases Report Defending Slavery
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Tweeps I read the flaming 💩 that is the 1776 Project the outgoing (40ish hours left, thank GOD) administration gifted us with this #MLKDay2021 A thread, so you don’t have to read it too. There is an emoji in each that doesn’t even begin to capture my true facial expressions. /1
The founders *intended* to abolish slavery, they just couldn’t in the name of unity! Which is also why some of them kept their own slaves, because obviously, they had to model that slaveowners were equal parts of this new country of equals. 🧐 /2
Frederick Douglass (that poor man can’t be left to Rest In Peace by this administration, can he) realized that he was wrong about the Constitution and that it had *always* been intended to grant him equal rights, even as a slave! 🙄 /3
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Day 22, #90DaysOfProse

On April 14th, 1967, Dr. King gave a speech at Stanford University titled "The Other America". He addressed race, poverty, and economic justice.

His words ring true to this day. #MLKDay

"We must see that the struggle today is much more difficult. It's more difficult today because we are struggling now for genuine equality. It's much easier to integrate a lunch counter than it is to guarantee a livable income and a good solid job."
"It's much easier to guarantee the right to vote than it is to guarantee the right to live in sanitary, decent housing conditions. It is much easier to integrate a public park than it is to make genuine, quality, integrated education a reality."
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After his dad was tragically killed, a Nigerian teenager made a vow to fulfill his father’s entrepreneurial dreams.

One critical meeting set him on the course to make that a reality.

Today, his Atlanta-based company pulls in $60M/year.

Here’s what happened in that meeting 🧶👇
1) Tope Awotona was raised by a pharmacist and microbiologist in Lagos, Nigeria, with 3 other brothers.

His mom came from wealth, but his dad grew up poor.

As a parental team they continually reminded the young Awotona brothers to be forever grateful for what they had.
2) One day, when Tope was just 12 years old, he saw his father come home being followed by a group of men.

As Tope watched on, the men demanded the keys to the car. As his father threw them the keys, they shot and killed him.
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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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(1/4) I work in an Amazon warehouse. My coworkers have been fired for speaking up about unsafe working conditions. COVID's rapid spread has made it unsafe for me to take care of my grandma, who’s been recovering from cancer.

Joe Biden promised to stand up for workers like me.
(2/4) I’m alarmed that Biden’s @transition46 team is thinking about nominating a lawyer for Amazon to enforce laws against monopolies like Amazon. This is not what I voted/donated for. This is literally the fox guarding the henhouse.

(3/4) Amazon’s monopoly power allows it to mistreat workers like us. No corporation should have as much power as Amazon.

The President-Elect’s job is to appoint people who will fight for us, not for the world’s richest man against us. #ProtectAmazonWorkers #NoMalarkey
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1. I learned that Reformed Evangelicalism despised MLK when the @TGC hosted #MLK50 conference. My goodness, it was made so abundantly clear during that conference. Y’all should’ve seen my emails, @vythoward & I went to that conference under death threats from evangelicals.
2. I wasn’t even a speaker, I was just going as a guest, & my email was a straight dumpster fire, it was traumatic. Met @BethMooreLPM for the first time at that conference, she was kind enough to let us sit w/ her in the front near security. We kept a small circle at the event.
When Vy & I attended conference, we were in a dark place. Just left our church after years of abuse & racial trauma, & I was sure ministry was over for me. We had some life giving fellowship at conference tho. It saved us. @drmoore @JasmineLHolmes @DrCEdmondson @mika_edmondson
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Today, at least 8 Pa. state Senators in GOP caucus literally posted the same exact message about #MLKDay apparently copy-and-pasting a message from another Republican about “peaceful activism” and citizens not being judged by the “color of their skin.”…
2 Pittsburgh-area Democrats, @SummerForPA and @RepAustinDavis, called out GOP for the inauthentic posts about one of the most celebrated civil rights advocate. "When you have the day off and still couldn't be bothered to draft a unique message" tweeted Lee…
PA senators who copy & pasted MLK message

Jake Corman (R-Centre)
Mario Scavello (R-Monroe)
Camera Bartolotta (R-Monongahela)
Devlin Robinson (R-Bridgeville)
Dan Laughlin (R-Erie)
Pat Browne (R-Lehigh)
Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery)
John Yudichak (I-Luzerne)…
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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 this #MLKDay, we pay homage to the original Black Panthers, the 761st Tank Battalion who liberated more than 30 towns and villages during WWII.
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Formed in April of 1942 at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, the 761st was among a number of all-black units with white leaders formed within a segregated US military.

With 593 black enlisted men & 36 black officers but white company CDRs the 761st was designated for Europe
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The 761st, a separate battalion of M4 Sherman medium tanks, trained hard in Louisiana, despite facing segregation and racism both on post and off.

The battalion called itself the Black Panthers & developed an aggressive identity around its motto: “Come out fighting.”
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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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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr is remembered for stressing the need for civil rights for Black people, but he constantly fused the concept of legal equality with the rights of workers and the poor.

He pointed to three universal problems in the U.S. — war, racism, poverty. #MLKDay Image
The rapidly expanding Civil Rights movement used non-violent civil disobedience to put a spotlight on the hypocrisy of the government’s Cold War rhetoric. At a time when the U.S. projected itself as beacon of democracy, the “Negro problem” became an international issue. Image
Thanks to a decade of tireless work, sharp confrontations and the physical sacrifices of millions—most of whose names will never be known—the civil rights movement succeeded at dismantling Jim Crow segregation. Image
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Had to explain to my 11 year son this morning why “I Have A Dream” was not just a speech
Me: “Guess, how many other, out of the almost 500 people I graduated law school with, were Black men”

Son: “50.”

Me (putting up ☝🏾): “ONE”
Other concepts explained to my son #MLKDay :

Pretextual stops

Twice as hard

“People gone hate you whatever you do” - Tupac

Microaggressions in the classroom


Self determination

Honoring his his specialness in a world hating skin, big lips, nappy hair, wide nose
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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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Excited to hear @McDougle2020, president of @NationalMedAssn, to speak at panel discussion about health equity during #COVID19 #healthequity #MedTwitter
.@JaniceNevinMD quotes Dr. King in her introduction: "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman." #MLKDay
Forum is being moderated by Dr. Lisa Maxwell, and she is asking @McDougle2020 about hesitancy in the Black community about getting the #COVID19Vaccine.
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Once again, it’s that time of year we pretend MLK didn’t know fascism is an American problem…

#hardpill #mlkday
From Dr. King: “It would be grossly unfair to omit recognition of a minority of whites who genuinely want authentic equality. Their commitment is real, sincere, and is expressed in a thousand deeds. But they are balanced at the other end of the pole... the unregenerate segregationists who have declared that democracy is not worth having if it involves equality.”
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Good afternoon.

Dr. King was an anti-war, anti-capitalist justice seeker who rejected poverty, racism, militarism and the death penalty.
He challenged the hypocrisy of "socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor."
He called on us to refute the idea that racism is "just the occasional departure from the norm on the part of a few bigoted extremists."

Racism is codified into our laws, baked into our institutions and as American as apple pie.
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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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Y’all know how much I love “The Twilight Zone”... the more I learned about the man behind the show Rod Serling, the more I loved it. Here’s what he had to say after Dr. King was assassinated #thread #MLKDay
There is a bitter sadness and special irony that attends the passing of Martin Luther King. Quickly and with ease, we offer up a chorus of posthumous praise—the ritual dirge so time-honored and comfortable and undemanding of anything but rhetoric.
In death, we offer the acknowledgement of the man and his dream that we denied him in life. In his grave, we praise him for his decency—but when he walked amongst us, we responded with no decency of our own.
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