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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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(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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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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#MLKDay2021 isn't just an opportunity to remember Dr King; it's also a moment to contest his legacy - to remember him for who he was, a radical anti-capitalist who believed that racism was a tool first and foremost for class oppression.

theintercept.com/2016/01/18/mar…

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Thankfully, we have a wealth of primary and secondary King material online and open access, especially in the @internetarchive.

Start with 20 minutes' worth of the March on Washington, courtesy of the National Archive.

archive.org/details/gov.ar…

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Then King's Hofstra University commencement speech:

archive.org/details/podcas…

The Archive has thousands of books about King:

archive.org/search.php?que…

A collection of his speeches:

archive.org/search.php?que…

Books for kids:

archive.org/search.php?que…

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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

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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.

#MLKDay
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.

#MLKDay
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Having identified the outrageous injustices in U.S. health care, Dr. King called on us to use “direct action and creative nonviolence to raise the conscience of the nation.”

Here are some things you can do TODAY to advance the cause of racial justice in health care. #MLKDay2021
Register for “Unequal Treatment: The Death of Dr. Susan Moore,” which will be held next Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern. Featuring @DrMaryTBassett, Dr. @CamaraJones, and Dr. Mary Charlson. Hosted by @PNHPNYMetro.

Visit bit.ly/Jan2021ForumPN… to RSVP.
Explore our online toolkit on Racism as a Public Health Emergency at pnhp.org/RacismAndPubli….
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of the great figures of American history. He was a bold and fearless leader in America’s Civil Rights Movement, and he was a courageous champion of inalienable rights for all Americans. #MLKDay2021 Image
Dr. King also understood that these inalienable rights were etched into the very core of the American idea. He knew that his work was not to establish a new truth, but to extend the application of this undeniable truth to all U.S. citizens, regardless of race or color. #MLKDay Image
Dr. King reminds us in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” that those fighting for Civil Rights were not fighting against America; instead, they were “in reality standing up for the best in the American Dream.” #MLKDay2021 Image
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The number of folks who misunderstand the Rev. Dr. due to white folks’ sanitizing of his radical beliefs, ideas, etc. for propaganda is extremely high.

Yes, we were indeed integrated into a burning house. To pretend King was liked, softer is to ignore his words.

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The use of King’s image, articulation, etc. out of context benefits institutions upholding white supremacist neoliberal values BC so many of us refuse to read & comprehend him for ourselves.

Y’all have been duped by the intentional pitting of X against King.

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And worst of all?

Y’all eat up the lack of context and debate it.

King and X’s goals, visions, and understanding(s) of whiteness were more similar than different. Their articulation and belief in how to get to the end game varied.

Don’t just take my word for it. #MLKDay
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Hoy en Estados Unidos es un día festivo.

Se conmemora el natalicio del Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. #MLKDay

El cumpleaños del icono de los derechos humanos es el 15 de enero, pero por calendario oficial, se celebra el tercer lunes de enero de cada año.

Abro 🧵
1- Martin Luther King Jr. fue un activista y promotor del movimiento de los derechos civiles entre 1955 y 1968, hasta que fue asesinado en Memphis, Tennessee.

En 1964, recibió el Premio Nobel de la Paz por combatir la desigualdad racial a través de la resistencia no violenta.
2- Gracias a su lucha por combatir la desigualdad racial, impulsó y presionó para la aprobación de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964.

Esta ley histórica permitió a los afroamericanos inscribirse para votar en las elecciones y prohibió la discriminación y segregación racial.
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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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On #MLKDay2021, some thoughts about racism in Wilmot. A thread 👇 1/
Former Waterloo-Oxford student Bryan Peralta, who is Black, said he eventually became desensitized after being called the "N-word" so many times at school.
newhamburgindependent.ca/news-story/100… 2/
Our granddaughter used to take the school bus to W-O. When it passed Pfenning's Farm, she would often hear racist comments directed at the workers in the field, many of whom are Jamaican. 3/
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Photo by Michael Ochs. #MLK #MLKDay
Martin Luther King, Jr. addresses students at Sacramento State College on October 16 in 1967. Photo by Walter Zeboski. #OTD #MLK #MLKDay
On November 19 in 1964: Martin Luther King Jr. at Bimini where he came to write his speech of acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize. Photo by Jim Kerlin. #OTD #MLK #MLKDay
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