If you think Moses Dickson’s story is crazy, there is a lot I couldn’t include because it was tew much.

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For instance, around 1856, there seems to have been an increase in the number of uprisings by enslaved people. There are historians who wonder if this increase was just people reporting more uprising of if Dickson’s secret national network had a part in this.
Dickson was basically a traveling barber on a steamship which allowed him to see almost every part of the south & meet a bunch of board certified RNs (please don’t be in the comments explaining what that means). A Barbershop is basically every hood’s central intelligence agency
Then there’s the fact that Dickson was so proud of the fact that only three white men knew about the Knights and two were from England.

William Wilberforce, who ONE of the first HBCUs (trust me, you don’t wanna get in thr middle of that debate) is named after, sent him money.
And apparently, the Knights basically took over the funding & organization of the Underground Railroad for about a decade in parts of the country.

But they were really smuggling guns and people. Bruh was a whole international arms dealer
If you think that’s crazy to believe that British were arming slave revolts, some dudes named James Madison & Thomas Jefferson were OBSESSED with the idea.

So we’re slave owners
In 1812, we fought a whole war over it (I forget the name of that war). There’s a song about it. (Something about a banner and stars)

I’m convinced Dickson was successful for the same reason his story sounds so absurd:

They didn’t think Black people were smart enough to do it.
Another thing is, we rarely discuss the influence of Black fraternal organizations like the Prince Hall masons, Black fraternities and sororities.

The Knights of Tabor built a whole-ass hospital in one of the Blackest cities in America. They didn’t “help build it…” they did it.
Have you ever wondered why there are a lot of Black owned insurance agencies? Well the whole Black owned insurance business sprung, in part, out of mutual aid societies & fraternal orders, according to Booker T Washington.
One of the things that makes me laugh is when Dickson said his code name back in the day was “Blue Dick” and he repeatedly refers to the Knights as the “Child of Destiny”

I wonder if he knew Beyonce?
Another thing we don’t talk about is Black newspapers. If you want to know what Black people thought about anything in history, big or small, you can just read the Black newspaper of that time


Every now & then, you’ll read:

“The __ Daily was destroyed by a white mob”
Bruh, it was a thing. White people used to get mad & attack inanimate objects!

On every HBCU there’s always a building that was “rebuilt after an 18xx fire.”

White mob.

Someone smarter than me need to do an analysis on how much Black history has been lost due to white mobs.
Anyway, when you search newspapers, you’ll find little mentions of the Knights of Tabor or the Knights of Twelve sprinkled throughout the country.

They really did some good things.

But their origin story goes back to one plan:

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Feb 17
I think I can answer this:

First of all, I don’t think people understand that there is a difference between “slave movies” and movies about people who were slaves.

What’s the difference?

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Amistad, 12 Years a Slave, Django, were “slave movies.”

Notice anything about them?

They were all made by white people.

And in these movies, slavery actually DEFINED the black characters. For instance, Django is essentially a superhero movie. But What was his superpower?
He was smart, fearless and a deadly shooter DESPITE being a slave. What’s even more interesting is that he got his superpower from a white man.

Even in 12 Years a Slave, & Amistad it was white people who gave them their freedom as if it was a gift bestowed upon them.
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Feb 11
For the past few weeks, America has been debating whether or not the NFL is racist because they don't hire Black head coaches. So I wondered: Could an actual economist help @theGrio answer this question?
Luckily, I know a guy.

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Of couse, the most obvious question is: How does one define racism? Is it when someone hates someone of another race? Must the definition include intent or is it the RESULT of an action or a system?

Fortunately, I found the answers in a very obscure book called a "dictionary"
Cool, so all we have to do is show that the NFL used race as a fundamental determinant in how they chose coaches, or:

That the NFL systemically oppresses one racial group to the social, economic or political advantage of another

Or that the NFL is a system founded on Racism...
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Jan 27
There’s actually a good reason why @washingtonpost didn’t call on other presidents to nominate an “impartial” Supreme Court Justice until today

The problem is, understanding this op-Ed requires something that we shouldn’t discuss right now:

Critical Race Theory

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First, I invite you to read the entire piece. If you don’t have a subscription, we’ll look at the relevant parts.

After you read it, you should know one other thing…

Let’s be clear, I’m not calling ANY of these people racists. Neither would CRT. In fact, the entire discipline of CRT doesn’t even concern itself with racist individuals.

But there has also been 120 SCOTUS justices in the history of the country…
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Jan 24
Maybe you don’t know.

Why is “Jim Crow 2.0” an apt description for the new voting laws?

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First you gotta understand how Jim Crow even started. In the election of 1876, Southern whites claimed the election was stolen. Southern states (& racist Oregon) filed lawsuits, claiming the areas where black voters cast ballots were fraudulent.

Sound familiar?
To settle the dispute, a bunch of white men got together and certified the election for Rutherford B. Hayes in exchange for allowing the South to treat black people however they wanted, with no interference…

Otherwise known as Jim Crow
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Jan 18
Well, for one, a bank account, getting a check or any other thing that requires an ID isn't guaranteed by the constitution.

But here's the real reason - A thread:
First of all, many of the people who make this argument usually live in cities where you can easily obtain an ID.

In some cities, especially rural places, there is literally no place to get an ID in the town. I grew up in a town with one taxi company & no public transportation
The DMV was in the county seat, which was actually SMALLER than my town. It was open from 8-5 & ALWAYS crowded. People would literally line up at 5 AM to take the DL test

Someone who can't afford a car has to lose a day's work and PAY SOMEONE to get ID

WHo does this affect?
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Jan 14
But I wake up late, race to the airport & make it on the plane. My seat is in the middle of the plane, right where they keep those carts. I notice the lady in front of me looks kinda like the vampire plane lady ( or at least the one in my dream). Plus, she figured out a finesse:
Because we’re in overlapping cart territory, she basically has 2 different l flight attendants serving her. & she’s sucking down bottles of Sutter Home the way I imagine the Kardashians would do if they were vampires and found a bar that serves locally-grown Black people’s blood.
I’m not really paying attention and I have on noise canceling headphones. But I notice people looking in my directions & turn on transparency mode.

The lady’s making guttural noises & twitching. They ask if she’s feeling ok but I’m like “this mf finna go full vampire!”
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