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@NYTimes columnist. @MSNBC political analyst. Lecturer. Author of #TheDevilYouKnow and #FireShutUpInMyBones, both NYT bestsellers.
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Mar 7, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Did a radio book interview this week in which I pointed out that racism is ubiquitous. Interviewer wanted to make point, “but most of the insurrection oats were from the south.” I asked, “how would you know that?” She said, “because I’ve looked at the arrest records” 1/3 2/3 I was incredulous but couldn’t challenge it in the moment. How I’ve seen real data and can. From a GWU study: the highest number of ppl charged by county were from LA County in Calif, Franklin County in Ohio, and Bucks County in Pa.…
Jan 8, 2021 16 tweets 3 min read
BIG NEWS: The NYT just published this adapted excerpt from my forthcoming book! They titled the excerpt "We Need a Second Great Migration." The title of the book is #TheDevilYouKnow. The excerpt will be the cover of the Sunday Review. So excited...… 1. Because this is an excerpt, and the entire book is an argument that builds, the excerpt can only capture so much and will likely leave people with question (a good thing). But, let me address a few things in this thread...
Nov 4, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
This is so personally devastating to me: the black male vote for Trump INCREASED from 13% in 2016 to 18% this year. The black female vote for Trump doubled from 4% in 2016 to 8% this year. Also, once again, exit polls show a majority of white women voting for Trump. (Important note: Pew analysis of actual votes in 2016 showed that it wasn’t a majority but was a plurality.)
Sep 1, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
. @KamalaHarris pops up on the Monica v Brandy @verzuzonline. So smart. All the black 30-somethings (and more) are watching this. BTW, @4everBrandy all day. ALL DAY.
May 29, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
May 27, 2020 6 tweets 1 min read
I’m tired of black people being killed in the streets. I’m tired in my damned bones. Don’t talk to me. Just let me sit in this. Words are insuffiecient. Language fails. You expect criminals to commit crimes, but you don’t expect the state (police) to commit the crimes. It’s so much worse. They have the force of law and the law is ubiquitous. How does one escape or avoid that. I want to SCREAM!
Feb 17, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
The number of black and brown boys alone who got arrested and criminal records for the rest of their lives because they were stopped and frisked is OBSCENE. They will never shake those records, but Bloomberg wants to shake his role in giving them those records. Most of those black and brown boys arrested during stop and frisk were arrested for small amounts of marijuana. But studies show all kids smoke weed at about the same rate. The white boys just never had to worry about being stopped.
Feb 16, 2020 9 tweets 4 min read
THREAD: 1. I've been railing against Bloomberg's racist stop and frisk since 2009, almost as long as I have been writing my column. When the judge ruled it unconstitutional in 2013, she quoted one my column as the last lines of her decision... 2. I conclude with a particularly apt quote: “The idea of universal suspicion without individual evidence is what Americans find abhorrent and what black men in America must constantly fight. It is pervasive in policing policies — like stop-and-frisk, and . . .
Jan 27, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
Note to self: NEVER take @nyctaxi cabs! I already avoid them because of the racism, but tonight ar the airport I gave it a shot. Driver taking route 2x what it takes to get me home. Who does that in a GPS world?! Who falls for it? I so offended at the attempt to gouge. #ZeroTip *at
Jan 1, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
Waited to the new year to share this: I’m moving to Atlanta. I’ll keep my place in Brooklyn and come back often because my kids are in NY and I have some biz here, but ATL will be my primary residence. None of my employment will change. Move also related to my forthcoming book. I am now a writer from the south, but I want desperately to be a southern writer.
Dec 31, 2019 4 tweets 2 min read
“Pay me in equity” — @Beyonce #QuoteOfTheDecade “Momma needs some mill money” - @iamcardib
Jun 6, 2019 8 tweets 2 min read
I think Dems are making a tragic mistake being lead by what is better or worse in the race against Trump in 2020. This can only lead down a path of fear, worry, missed opportunities and compromised values. Inspire the public by being bold, principled & daring. Can’t predict 2020. Political calculation begins where moral vision ends. You have to decide which you’re going to follow.
Feb 2, 2019 5 tweets 3 min read
#AboutLastNight A THREAD of me discussing this horrendous #RalphNortham situation on @andersoncooper360. “Democrats owe black people a debt.” Clip 1… Clip 2 #RalphNortham
Sep 18, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Al Franken was drummed out if the Senate (and criticized by Trump) after allegations of kissing and groping a woman without her consent.

There was no completed investigation, no hearings, not trial.

Now Trump and those senators stand behind Kavanaugh accused of attempted rape Although it was Dems who led the charge for Franken to resign, some Repubs joined:

@SenJohnThune on the resignation: "I think that's the right call given kind of what we know."

@SenatorTimScott: Franken needs to “find something else to do."

What say you about Kavanaugh gents?
Jun 26, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
. @MikeBloomberg ballooned the racially discriminatory, morally indefensible Stop-And-Frisk program in NYC and argued for it endlessly. At its height, NYPD was stopping twice as many young black/Brown men as there WERE black/brown men. #NEVERbloomberg… This meant that many of these young men were being stopped and frisked multiple times a year. But about 1-in-10 was ever charged with anything, and often that charge was for having a small amount of marijuana.
May 27, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Let me correct folks abt white privilege: It’s not measured by the absence of struggle among white people. Some white people struggle too, obviously. But privilege is measured by whether people born into sim circumstances, with sim talents and sim work ethic have sim chances. It’s not about personal anecdote either. It’s about what the data say in the aggregate. I’ve worn tired and bored by ppl using their personal story in a futile effort to disprove reams of data.