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"I pastor one of Chicago's toughest neighborhoods on the South Side and @mcuban's defense of DEI is deeply flawed for one reason: this poisonous ideology has no impact on my community, the very community it professes to help." -- Pastor @CoreyBBrooks

A 🧵in the pastor's words: Image
From my church located in one of Chicago’s most violent South Side neighborhoods, I watched with disquieting fascination the public trial of Claudine Gay. I followed the debates on the influence and impact of the DEI movement not just in the case of Gay but throughout America.
What I heard was that these DEI policies were being done in the name of my community. Sometimes I laughed out loud at some of the claims.

It was like listening to people who don’t know you talk about you as if they knew you deep down.
Perhaps the most visible example was @mcuban's response to @elonmusk’s claim that “Discrimination on the basis of race, which DEI does, is literally the definition of racism.”
.@mcuban responded: it is “a given that there are people of various races, ethnicities, orientation, etc that are regularly excluded from hiring consideration.”

The implication here is that USA is systemically racist. I agree there is racism but not in the way that he thinks.
.@mcuban then wrote, “By extending our hiring search to include them, we can find people that are more qualified.” This rather simple sentiment is one that most people would find agreeable and I do so to a certain degree.
What this ignores is how profoundly education and skill development has declined in our community for generations. We are behind in nearly every social and educational metric and while living in an ever-changing world that seems to be speeding beyond the grasp of our fingertips.
If @mcuban came into my community it wouldn’t take him long to understand that this DEI ideology is profoundly flawed, has no impact upon us, and creates more racial divisions.
The reality is that the countless of diversity programs that came into being since the late 1960s have been abysmal failures. Nearly every one of them, if not all, professed to have the goal of uplifting poor blacks after centuries of racial oppression.
The original intent of Affirmative Action was true uplift by providing bootstraps: better schools, teachers and resources to uplift the undereducated segments of the black population.
However, this process of development was too slow for the many white university presidents who wanted to increase the diversity on their campuses now. They moved away from development to cold racial preferences. Diversity, not development, became the new virtue of our times.
At the same time, our community was bombarded with one liberal policy after another since the 1960s. We were encouraged to move out of our homes — many admittedly not in good condition, but which we owned — and into housing projects where we had zero equity.
Man-in-the-house rules broke apart too many families. Our schools produced far too many illiterates. For decades, our culture rewarded black deviancy shown on countless of @BET rap videos. The only way too many of our children know how to buy food is with Uncle Sam’s dollar.
Instead of embracing freedom and responsibility, too many of us allowed ourselves to be seduced into the culture of dependency. Those who could escape and make a life for themselves did and many did.
But for those of us who have been caught up in the multigenerational cycle of societal and governmental dependency, that is the only world they know. And we ask them to believe in the American Dream?
This is the world of bad faith that I’m trying to reverse every day with my work in the streets, which includes overseeing the building of a community center that came after long years of struggle.
I have encountered far too many tragedies. A young man I mentored since he was knee-high was shot dead and all I could think about was the promising future he had been working toward. Another kid I mentored made a dumb mistake and is now on trial for murder.
But many kids in my neighborhood have made it out — one of them was just awarded a prestigious fellowship at NASA.

Here's a picture of DeMario at NASA, second from your left. Image
The only tool I used with these youths: the American principles. Be on time. Say, yes sir, no sir. Respect your elders. Be responsible. Be accountable. Save money. Build credit. Plan for the future. Be a parent. Get married. You fall, get back up. Never give up. Just do it.
That is why I laugh out loud when I heard DEI advocates describe merit and punctuality as white supremacist values. Too many people were destroyed by this culture of dependency and now they want to take away all the remaining lifelines to a life of possibility and future?
I know @mcuban surely doesn’t believe in this ridiculousness — he is a businessman. I also hope that he surely recognizes how racist it is to create the belief that standards — educational to societal — across America must be lowered in the name of helping black people.
What Cuban doesn’t realize from his post is that the systemic racism that my community faces is not white supremacy but post-60s liberalism. With diversity and not development as its focus, every one of those principles was created in the name of our inferiority.
That is why it was disappointing to learn how little Gay produced by way of academic merit and yet rose to the presidency of Harvard because of race. Seeing people like @mcuban defend this only reminded me of how profound the stigma is that we cannot succeed without race.
That is why it is my mission in life to develop strong individuals to the point where the thought of using race as an advantage would be an insult to their well-earned pride. We are only at the beginning of reversing the fortunes of our community and we have a long ways to go.
We may not save everybody. But we know the harsh realities and it is our refusal to look way to some false ideological comforts that gives us the best chance of giving these young Americans a good life. That is how you create a deep and meritorious talent pool. -@CoreyBBrooks
***Also, today is Pastor @CoreyBBrooks' birthday!

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More from @Hebro_Steele

Feb 20
Very sad to hear about the passing of Lavondale "Big Dale" Glass. I met him thru Pastor @CoreyBBrooks at Project H.O.O.D. Big Dale was one of the most notorious gangsters who reformed himself and helped prevent as many as 50 retaliation shootings a month. More remarkably, Big Dale lost his own son to gang violence and knew the shooter, but chose to stay true to his reformed path.

To honor him, I'm posting an article I wrote on him and Varney Voker below as a thread:
Pastor Brooks recently met with two ex-gangsters who were once destined to kill one another. Varney Voker ran the Black Disciples as a top bosses & ruled with ruthless business savvy. A block away, Lavondale Glass ran the rival Gangster Disciples with equal ruthlessness. Image
Yet both men, by the grace of God or simple luck, avoided their deadly destiny when they met Brooks. He transformed them into citizens who now work for Project H.O.O.D. to repair the damage they caused their community. Image
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Dec 30, 2023
2023 was the year of the "Great Awokening" for many.

One question I'm often asked by those who recently left the woke is, "How long will this culture war go on?"

They thought Oct. 7, the Claudine Gay farce, etc., would shock America back into reason and common sense.

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These folks also ask, “Why can’t they see what we see?” I’ve been in this culture war since my teens and I have asked myself this question too many times.
Why can’t they see that it is wrong to reduce my multiple races to one in the name of “diversity?” To elevate race above merit? Or to undercut American principles as white supremacist? And on.
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Dec 20, 2023
For the last 40 years, I've watched my father counsel countless of Americans to have the courage to stand up to the Left's merciless assault on the American principles and its institutions.

Hardly nobody listened.

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Lately, I've thought about what this courage looks like. I think it comes down to two essential things: 1) shedding white guilt and 2) embracing colorblindness.
Most people mistake white guilt for actual guilt. White guilt, defined by my father, is the fear of being seen as racist. Because of America's past racism, many whites feel they lack moral authority when it comes to blacks and will do whatever to avoid the racist charge.
Read 23 tweets
Dec 13, 2023
There have been accusations that those who decried cancel culture in the past years are now the cancellers themselves.

The obvious charge here is hypocrisy.

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Were people wrong to demand accountability from the 34 Harvard organizations that signed a letter that held the "Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence" and that "the apartheid regime is the only one to blame?”
Were people wrong to demand that Harvard President, Claudine Gay, not be protected by a double standard that shields her from charges of plagiarism and a truly independent investigation?
Read 20 tweets
Dec 11, 2023
I have known people like Claudine Gay my entire life and they are the reason why I never checked the black box on college and employment applications.

If I had, I would not be a free individual today.

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People often told, "Oh, it’s nothing, just check the box and you’ll get an upper hand." Indeed, I was once offered a $25,000 MLK scholarship, a lot of money in 1993. So checking the black box was tempting, yes.
When I would ask why I should betray my merit or reduce my multiple races to one race box, people like Claudine would often respond with an argument that could be summed up by one word: “diversity.”
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Sep 15, 2023
The fact that microagressions exist today is bull. I am deaf and I wear this weird looking device attached to the side of my head by a magnet. If I were to consider every remark or question about my cochlear implant a microagression, I wouldn’t get through the day.

Microagressions have been generally defined as slights, intentional or not, against a marginalized group. I guess being deaf qualifies me as marginalized though I would never describe myself as such.
When I first got the implant, I admit I was self-conscious. It was the year 2000 and people really didn’t know what the implant was. I was stared at all the time — one time I caught Mark Wahlberg staring right at me and he quickly looked away to the ceiling.
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