1/ 6 I would prefer not to invest my time in responding to such shoddy research as the so-called Harvard “disinformation” study, but I’ve received so many comments and requests, I’m compelled to do so.
2/6 A central problem is the lack of clarity over whom was identified as the “voices” of ADOS. The report ultimately reads like an extension of the old “Russian bots” smear campaign against ADOS.A shabby process of determining whose Tweets are evaluated produced a desired result.
3/6 Very few ADOS voices on Twitter, if any, ignored or dismissed the COVID-19 crisis. @camglamming, for example, has been vigilant. @IrstenKMullen and I wrote about how the
pandemic reinforced the need for #purereparations last April.
4/6 I was surprised to see my colleague and friend @mominmmalik listed as one of the authors. He can speak for himself, but I believe he has strong reservations about the study and is considering removing his name.
5/6 Just because a study is produced by someone(s) at Harvard doesn’t mean its legitimate. Believe me on this one. Need I say more than Richard Hernnstein.
6/6 Ironically @MominMMalik and I are among the coauthors of a paper under review on black American descendants of US slavery, reparations, AND COVID-19. This new so-called Harvard study is part of an ongoing campaign to dislodge the specificity of our claim on the US govt.

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1/4 As a number of us anticipated black folk are being recruited excessively as subjects for coronavirus vaccine clinical trials, including college presidents at Xavier and Dillard imploring their students to join trials. Other med centers are targeting the local black community.
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