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BU Prof • Dir @AntiracismCtr • @NationalBook Award Winner • #1 NYT Bestselling Author • MacArthur Fellow • New 📚 How to Raise an Antiracist & Goodnight Racism.
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Aug 17 12 tweets 4 min read
After the FBI seized confidential files from Trump’s residence last week, his allies called the US a “banana republic.” Let us explore the term's origins, and how it reeks of irony to wield it to defend the corruption of this wannabe dictator. A thread 1/ ImageImage Writers who aren't Trump allies have also used the term to connote a “failed democracy,” claiming the US is headed in that direction, or investigating Trump shows the US is not a “banana republic.” But hardly anyone is referencing the term's origins. 2/

Aug 15 5 tweets 3 min read
We visited the home of Winnie and Nelson Mandela in Soweto. I saw a rare picture of Nelson Mandela before the apartheid government arrested him in 1962, after being reportedly tipped off by a CIA agent. 1/ Here’s a photo of Nelson’s secret visit with Algerian generals in 1961, to gather military assistance for Umkhonto we Sizwe (“Spear of the Nation”). Called MK for short, Umkhonto we Sizwe was the military wing of the African National Congress. 2/
Aug 8 13 tweets 6 min read
This monkeypox outbreak seems eerily familiar to the early days of COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS. Black and Brown people are the most infected, but the focus remains on White patients. Meanwhile, the outbreak is being weaponized to demonize a group of people. A thread 1/13 There are 7,510 confirmed cases of monkeypox as of Aug. 5, according to @CDCgov data. According to data compiled in July, 64% of cases are in Black and Brown people, though they are just 32% of the U.S. population. 2/13

Jun 24 7 tweets 1 min read
The Supreme Court decision to strike down Roe v. Wade rushes the nation toward an abyss where we have no civil or human rights. 1/5 When women don’t have the right to make reproductive choices about their own bodies, we lose a foundational right. When we lose foundational rights, all rights are threatened. 2/5
Jun 22 4 tweets 2 min read
I was devastated to hear that Eso Won Books, one of the nation’s oldest Black bookstores, is closing its doors by the year’s end. I can still remember my first book talk there in 2016. 1/4

latimes.com/entertainment-… After the event ended, I had to catch a late night flight. I called a taxi and went outside to wait. I waited. And waited. I was going to miss my flight. Co-owner of Eso Won Books, James Fugate, came outside. 2/4

Jun 14 6 tweets 3 min read
Who are the most vulnerable to racism? Children. Who are we the least likely to engage about racism? Children. We must change this. The most vulnerable should be the most protected. Introducing HOW TO RAISE AN ANTIRACIST. It is out today! 1/6

penguinrandomhouse.com/books/671925/h… Parents, teachers, and caregivers cannot protect young people from racism by ignoring what’s happening to our children, as I did at first. Kids see color. Kids see the inequities between the colors. 2/6

Jun 13 6 tweets 3 min read
Here are five tips from my experiences as a father for having challenging conversations about racism and being antiracist with our young children. These tips are drawn from my new book, #HowToRaiseAnAntiracist, and are featured in @MensHealthMag. menshealth.com/trending-news/… 1. I wait for my daughter to initiate the conversation. (And we put her in situations whereby she’ll initiate conversations).

Jun 12 10 tweets 3 min read
Today, June 12, 2022, marks the sixth anniversary of the shooting at Pulse, a night club catering to the LGBTQIA+ community in Orlando, Florida.

49 people were killed--the most in a single shooting in US history up to that point and the largest terrorist attack since 9/11. 1/10 The victims were overwhelmingly queer and primarily Latinx. Today, we mourn their lost lives and are reminded of the importance of standing against bigotry of all kinds. Ignoring homophobia can be deadly. 2/10

Jun 7 6 tweets 3 min read
I am pleased to share my latest essay @TheAtlantic, adapted from chapter four in my new book, How to Raise an Antiracist, out next Tuesday, June 14. This piece is about how toys can reflect racial attitudes *and* shape them. 1/6
theatlantic.com/magazine/archi… This piece is about my family’s first known experience with the matter, when our daughter clung day after day to a White doll at daycare. My partner and I worried about what that meant, and we were unsure about whether we should even be worrying. 2/6
May 20 7 tweets 3 min read
Racist policies kill Black people in Buffalo and then White supremacists murder the survivors. Black Americans are facing this double terror of racist policies and racist violence.

My latest @TheAtlantic. 1/7
theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/… Racist theories deny the policy structure of racism, and “the ubiquity of racist violence. The heartbeat of being racist is denial. The deeper the denial, the more diabolical the racist theory.” 2/7

May 16 5 tweets 2 min read
"Below a democratic donkey, the Fox News graphic read anti-white mania. It flanked Tucker Carlson’s face and overtook it in size. It was unmistakable. Which was the point," I wrote to open this recent essay.
theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/… “The question is, and this is the question we should be meditating on, day in and day out, is how do we get out of this vortex, the cycle, before it’s too late?” Carlson asked. “How do we save this country before we become Rwanda?”
Mar 23 5 tweets 3 min read
One of the ultimate ways to honor a legend is to adapt her writings for a new generation. I’m thrilled to unveil MAGNOLIA FLOWER, illustrated by @LoveisWise_. This picture book is coming this fall. 1/5

bit.ly/MagnoliaFlower… MAGNOLIA FLOWER is adapted from a 1925 short story by Zora. Many thanks to the Zora Neale Hurston Trust, @HarperChildrens, and editors Luana Horry and Tracy Sherrod for this opportunity to honor Zora. Many thanks to @reneewauthor and the @SchomburgCenter for helping us announce this project tonight in Harlem. 2/5
Feb 17 9 tweets 3 min read
It is important to actively teach children that skin color *should* not matter; that we *should* not judge a person by their skin color; that skin color *should* be as irrelevant as the colors of our clothes. 1/9 But it's unsuitable to teach children that skin color *does* not matter in a society rife with racial disparities, where judgments of people based on their skin color are rampant, where people think those judgments explain racial disparity—not racism. 2/9
Feb 2 9 tweets 2 min read
When Black women (or Black men) have hardly existed in a workplace, or a Supreme Court, in an NFL front office, or at a highly selective university, there are two explanations: the racist and the antiracist explanations. 1/9 The racist explanation: Black people haven’t been qualified. Which is to say Black people haven’t been *as* qualified as other people. Which is to say Black people are inferior to other people. 2/9
Jan 20 4 tweets 1 min read
“I am not a racist,” said Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the No. 2 Senate Republican.

"Not racist" is an expression of denial. You support state bills attacking voting rights, block federal laws to stop this racism, and *then* self-identify as “not racist.” 1/4
nytimes.com/2022/01/19/us/… They claim they are “not racist” *and* that they are "patriots." The state action and federal inaction isn’t just racist—it’s a levelling of democracy. It isn’t just a levelling of democracy. It’s laying the foundation for a fascist nation-state. 2/4
Jan 17 4 tweets 2 min read
I suspect MLK Jr. would say about Trump what he said about Barry Goldwater running for POTUS in 1964.

“On social and economic issues, [he] represented an unrealistic conservatism that was totally out of touch with the realities.” #MLKDay2022 quote thread. 1/4 “The issue of poverty compelled the attention of all citizens of our country. [He] had neither the concern nor the comprehension necessary to grapple with this problem of poverty in the fashion that the historical moment dictated.” 2/4
Jan 17 4 tweets 2 min read
“Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world.

This is the calling of the [children] of God, and our [fellows] wait eagerly for our response. Shall we say the odds are too great?” #MLKDay2022 1/4 “Shall we tell them the struggle is too hard? Will our message be that the forces of American life militate against their arrival as full [humans], and we send our deepest regrets?” 2/4
Dec 30, 2021 22 tweets 19 min read
Each year I'm grateful. This year, despite all the adversity around us, I stand especially grateful. Accepted awards + started projects alongside people I admire. Essayed to grave moments and enduring histories. Finished #HowtoRaiseanAntiracist. Here are 21 highlights from 2021. 1) Jan. 11. After attack on the U.S. Capitol, Republicans and Democrats commonly proclaimed “this is not who we are,” which was a bald-faced denial. I wrote about the normality of this denial. “When have Americans commonly admitted who we are?”
Dec 15, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
The passing of bell hooks hurts, deeply. At the same time, as a human being I feel so grateful she gave humanity so many gifts. AIN’T I A WOMAN: BLACK WOMEN AND FEMINISM is one of her many classics. And ALL ABOUT LOVE changed me. Thank you, bell hooks. Rest in our love. 1/4 “LOVE REDEEMS,” bell hooks writes. “Despite all the lovelessness that surrounds us, nothing has been able to block our longing for love, the intensity of our yearning. The understanding that love redeems appears to be a resilient aspect of the heart’s knowledge. . . 2/4
Dec 12, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
What’s striking is that in the piece, the writer claims that "the germ" of Du Bois's Black Reconstruction "was a dispute Du Bois had with the editors of Encyclopedia Britannica in 1929.”

The writer does not include a critical piece of information. 1/5 According to Du Bois’s biographer, David Levering Lewis, the “immediate goad” for Du Bois’s book on reconstruction had been The Tragic Era: The Revolution After Lincoln, a 1929 runaway bestseller written by a political operative and editor named Claude G. Bowers. 2/5
Dec 6, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
To the Patriot Front, “America is truly unique in this pan-European identity which forms the roots of our nationhood.” It organizes on the idea that (White) America is under attack (echoing the backlash against CRT and anti-racism as anti-American, anti-White and racist). 1/4 "In order to survive as a culture, a heritage, and a way of being, our nation must learn that its collective interests are fighting against its collective threats of replacement and enslavement," the Patriot Front states in its manifesto. 2/4