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18 Oct, 7 tweets, 2 min read
Read ⁦@ianshapira⁩’s dive into relentless racism at Virginia Military Institute, the nation’s oldest state-supported military college whose cadets fought for the slaveholding South during the Civil War & whose leaders still celebrate that history.
“I wake up everyday wondering, ‘Why am I still here?’ ” said William Bunton, 20, a Black senior from Portsmouth, Va.
A White professor reminisced in class about her father’s Ku Klux Klan membership. The woman still teaches at VMI.
A White sophomore told a Black freshman during Hell Week that he’d “lynch” his body and use his “dead corpse as a punching bag” — but was suspended instead of expelled.
This is what a VMI sophomore posted in March after a Black classmate objected to incorporating an image of Stonewall Jackson in their class ring:
In 2017, Col. William Wanovich, the school’s commandant of cadets, appeared in a Halloween photo of cadets dressed up in boxes as President Trump’s border wall with the words “Keep Out” and “No Cholos,” a slur against Mexicans.
In June, Carmelo Echevarria Colon III, a former battalion operations and training sergeant, condemned #BlackLivesMatter in a Facebook post: “I am seeing all these clowns taking a knee and bowing to [protest]. I’ll take a knee alright. To maximize my shooting platform.”

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1 Aug
Minority entrepreneurs were reclaiming their communities — then the pandemic came.

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Joe Ward-Wallace, a newly retired Los Angeles firefighter, opened @SouthLACafe in Nov, part of a renaissance of Black-owned cafes. “It was a tactic for cultural preservation. We were on an upward swing right before covid to reclaim our community.”…
Then coronavirus ground the nation’s economy to a halt. Overnight, business dropped 70%. Ward-Wallace furloughed 9 of his 10 employees. "I think the majority of Black & Brown businesses are going to really struggle to reopen because they are falling deeper & deeper into a hole.”
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1 Jul
To the St. Michaels police officer who saw a Black man, an Asian woman & their Blasian kid stopped on the sidewalk in your quaint downtown to chat with a white couple on bikes: what made you see this scene and feel compelled to pull your cruiser over and ask: “Is everything ok?”
You moved along after the white woman assured you that yes, everything was fine.

The truth is, everything WAS fine until you chose to pull over.

Did you think we were in danger?

Did you think they were?
We did not feel endangered until your sudden unexplained appearance.

If you must know, we met this lovely couple while sailing today and they recognized us (we do stand out in this town.)
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NEW: Two black men say they were kicked out of Walmart for wearing protective masks. Others worry it will happen to them.

Wellesley professor @M_P_Jeffries: “Black folks can’t even wear hooded sweatshirts without being accused of being criminals.”…
Kip Diggs, a Nashville entrepreneur: “As an African American man, I have to be cognizant of the things I do and where I go, so appearances matter. I have pink, lime green, Carolina blue so I don’t look menacing. I want to take a lot of that stigma and risk out as best I can.”
Rev. Cory Anderson in Little Rock:
“At one point I looked in my car mirror and I had the mask on, which was black, and a hoodie on, which was black, and I thought, ‘Okay, this is not necessarily a good look.’” He removed his hood “because it felt like it was too much.”
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“We are scared about the virus. We are scared about ICE. We are scared about almost everything right now.”

They cook, clean and care for Americans. Undocumented workers among those hit first — and worst — by the coronavirus shutdown.…
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Many working in construction, restaurants & other service sectors have already lost their jobs. Others, in agriculture & health care jobs that have been declared essential, work in close quarters or interact with the public, putting them at higher risk of getting sick.
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.@WhipClyburn proposed a race-neutral anti-poverty program a decade ago. Presidential candidates recast it as compensation for slavery.

My latest #reparations story ahead of the #SCPrimary…
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@WhipClyburn But the formula skips over many urban, high-poverty, predominantly black neighborhoods that exist within wealthier counties -- including parts of Columbia, SC, Detroit, Atlanta, Cleveland, Oakland and Montgomery, AL, according to a @washingtonpost analysis.
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Among the reasons Sean Doolittle is not visiting the Trump WH on Mon: “I feel very strongly about his issues on race relations,” he said, listing the Fair Housing Act, the Central Park Five & Trump’s comments following a white supremacist rally in 2017.…
Doolittle’s wife has two mothers who are very involved in the LGBTQ community.
“I want to show support for them. I think that’s an important part of allyship, and I don’t want to turn my back on them,” he said.
“I have a brother-in-law who has autism, and [Trump] is a guy that mocked a disabled reporter. How would I explain that to him that I hung out with somebody who mocked the way that he talked, or the way that he moves his hands? I can’t get past that stuff.”
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