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Hey friends! This is a thread for NBPOC (Non-Black People of Color) like myself. I'd like to use the occasion of #BlackHistoryMonth to make a few points that we need to discuss within our NBPOC communities.
We have to do better. We have to do better at showing up for our Black friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, etc. Too many of us have settled into a privileged space of white adjacency.
When shit goes down, we can see some NBPOC make like chameleons into our lightest shades and hope to God no one remembers we're there. This is *not* where we belong.
NBPOC belong *standing next to* Black folks in the toughest moments and most volatile interactions. We need to be the ones *speaking up* when we see it going down in our workplaces and schools
The other thing NBPOC need to do is educate ourselves on the American history that most of us didn't get in school. Unless you attended predominantly Black schools growing up and/or were blessed with Black teachers (I was not), there is so much important history that we missed
So, for the next 28 days, I'll be sharing pieces of Black history that I didn't learn until deep into my adulthood but have shaped my commitments to liberation as well as my view of what the future could hold if we build it together
DAY ONE of #BlackHistoryMonth to close the NBPOC knowledge gap: Black Wall Street, Tulsa Oklahoma. CW: race-based violence
DAY TWO of #BlackHistoryMonth to close the NBPOC knowledge gap: Harriet Tubman, whose work leading enslaved people to freedom is often taught, but did you know that she was the first woman to lead a major US military operation?
DAY TWO of #BlackHistoryMonth (supplemental): The brilliant @crissles breaks down this historic moment on Drunk History:
DAY THREE of #BlackHistoryMonth to close the NBPOC knowledge gap:
You’ve heard of Madam CJ Walker, but should also know her mentor, founder of Poro College, Annie Malone. Malone trained 75,000 Black women entrepreneurs in the first half of the 20th century
DAY FOUR of #BlackHistoryMonth to close the NBPOC knowledge gap: African-American cowboys. In the mid- to late-1800s, around 25% of the West's cowboy population was Black.
DAY FIVE of #BlackHistoryMonth to close the NBPOC knowledge gap: Satchel Paige.
Arguably the greatest pitcher in the history of baseball, his stats are largely unverified because he played most of his career in the Negro Leagues...
DAY FIVE (cont): His autobiography, "Maybe I'll Pitch Forever" is one of the most entertaining + enlightening pieces of American history I've ever read (not even just bc I'm a huge baseball fan). Take the time to learn his story:
DAY SIX of #BlackHistoryMonth to close the NBPOC knowledge gap: Do you think that feeding kids free breakfast in school is a good idea? Thank the Black Panthers for that one.
DAY SEVEN of #BlackHistoryMonth to close the NBPOC knowledge gap: When you make a list of great American scientists and inventors, always include Benjamin Banneker
DAY SEVEN (sidenote) for open source geeks: When I was at @github, our Black Employee Resource Group, the Blacktocats, worked with the art dept to create the first Octocat of color. They chose to honor this great American with the "Bannekat"

@github DAY EIGHT of #BlackHistoryMonth to close the NBPOC knowledge gap: Black women in space! Three Black American women have traveled into space--Mae Jemison, Stephanie Wilson, + Joan Higginbotham
@github DAY EIGHT (cont) Jemison was the first (1992) and was inspired by seeing Nichelle Nichols as Lt Uhura on Star Trek. It's impossible to talk about Mae Jemison's role in history without talking about the *future* as well. Check out her current project 100yss.org/mission/purpose
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