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Aug 18, 2019 14 tweets 11 min read Read on X
Let us now praise the source. 1/11
Many people @NYTmag & @nytimes worked on (& are still working on) the #1619Project. Rough count = ~80. All of them, me included, were inspired, driven, encouraged--in a word, *led*--by the vision, intellectual rigor, ambition & charisma of 1 amazing person: @nhannahjones 2/11
@NYTmag @nytimes @nhannahjones Nikole is a national treasure. She's one of the most tenacious & profound journalists you will ever encounter, in any era. And this project is hers, through & through. She often said, when we were working on it, that she felt like her whole life had been leading up to this. 3/11
@NYTmag @nytimes @nhannahjones She hatched the idea, envisioned the special issue, amassed the contributors, developed the concept, made many of the assignments, crafted the ideas, pitched it to sponsors, secured funding for bonus distro, helped guide the editing, rallied the team on deadline... 4/11
@NYTmag @nytimes @nhannahjones ...launched the finished product into the world with a spectacular event, and this weekend is personally hand-delivering print copies to readers our of the back of her car. 5/11
@NYTmag @nytimes @nhannahjones And in the midst of all THAT, she wrote one of the most profound essays abt American history & identity that you'll ever read. Nikole's essay for the #1619Project, which I think of as its keynote address, is something that will be studied for generations. It's that profound. 6/13
@NYTmag @nytimes @nhannahjones If you haven't yet read it, here's the link. Stop reading this thread and read that instead: nytimes.com/interactive/20… 7/13
@NYTmag @nytimes @nhannahjones This is simply a piece of writing. It's not a VR film, or a social campaign, or a movie, or innovative digital storytelling. It's just words. But Nikole's words are so powerful, so deeply felt, thought, and learned that they can electrify your mind and change your life. 8/13
@NYTmag @nytimes @nhannahjones Every American should read this piece. It's painful & shameful, but it also fills you with pride, & it contains within it some incredibly deep ideas about the path forward, ideas that manage to balance aggressive truth-telling w/ a spirit of generosity, inclusivity and hope. 7/11
@NYTmag @nytimes @nhannahjones Yeah, hope. Nikole often says she's not a hopeful person--she knows too much history for that--but what is so moving to me about her project is that it contains so much hope... 10/13
@NYTmag @nytimes @nhannahjones ...hope that readers will understand these truths, hope that those truths will eventually become self-evident for everyone, hope that someday they might set us free from the fears, hatreds & wrong thinking baked into our country from the beginning. 11/14
@NYTmag @nytimes @nhannahjones Hope, frankly, for America itself. 12/14
@NYTmag @nytimes @nhannahjones (And btw, that's what criticisms of the project generally fail to recognize: Nikole's vision is deeply and profoundly patriotic. Her essay is literally an argument for why black Americans should fly the stars and stripes.) 13/14
@NYTmag @nytimes @nhannahjones So let us all praise the brilliance and energy and vision of this remarkable person, the one and only @nhannahjones. And let's do what we can to keep lifting her up in the weeks/months to come. The #1619Project does not end this weekend. It only begins. 14/14

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Aug 14, 2019
This morning we’re launching something special: the #1619project, an effort from @NYTmag & @nytimes to mark the 400th anniversary of the start of American slavery. The project begins with a special issue of the magazine: nyti.ms/31JsMtb ... 1/15
The idea of the issue is this: the moment, in late August of 1619, when a ship arrived in the British colony of Virginia carrying 20-30 enslaved people from the African nations of Ndongo and Kongo—this is the country’s “birthday,” its true origin point ... 2/15
Thinking this way can really reframe your understanding of American history and the consequences of slavery. The essays in the magazine all take up an aspect of contemporary American life and show its historical roots in this period, and the racism it fostered and required...3/15
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The August 5 issue of @NYTmag will be dedicated entirely to a single story, a captivating, revelatory history about the decade we almost stopped climate change, but didn't. Story by @NathanielRich with stunning aerial photography by George Steinmetz.
This is the second time @NYTMag has dedicated an entire issue to one story. Two years ago, in a landmark piece by Scott Anderson, we focused on the collapse of the Arab World following the invasion of Iraq. nytimes.com/interactive/20… This time we turn our attention to the climate.
.@NathanielRich has written a remarkable piece of historical journalism that will change the way you think about global warming.
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