Reflecting back upon the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one singular point always stands out, a searing reminder of what was –
and still is – America’s grossest injustice: that in the one of the richest nations in the world, so many millions of people remain trapped in cyclical, soul-crushing poverty.
Jan 6 • 20 tweets • 4 min read
One year ago today @DigitalHistory_ & I wrote this for @CNN - literally as we watched it happening - and just hours after I predicted violence (& was criticized for the prediction by several high-profile white lib men here).
"Over the last four years, many have warned the public about the flagrant threat to democracy that President Donald Trump poses. Wednesday's failed coup proved that "MAGA," or Trumpism, is not over simply because Trump lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden.
Sep 6, 2021 • 20 tweets • 5 min read
Many thanks to @rjeskow for yet another fantastic conversation. You can also catch it today on @freespeechtv.✊
2. While I've always loathed the fact that D'Souza - someone with NO training as a historian - writes hot garbage marketed as history à la @BillOReilly - and markets this filth directly to racists, inflaming racial tensions & tacitly engendering & condoning racial violence -
Jan 30, 2019 • 26 tweets • 9 min read
New thread that I will add to over the coming days as I re-watch Ken Burns' The Civil War.
They knew exactly what they were doing here. His PR/lawyer team may have demanded it be shot this way.
Jan 22, 2019 • 24 tweets • 6 min read
1. Thread on the relatively common practice of ignoring Black Historians within the public forum:
On December 28, 2018, @politico created somewhat of a scandal among historians when it announced that it had asked “16 top historians” to predict the future of America –
2. and out of all sixteen, only one scholar was a POC. But the Politico article was simply one of the (very) many examples of the near-erasure of scholars of color – particularly Black scholars – in mainstream media.
Jan 17, 2019 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Twitter fam - I need your help today. I've been working w Angie & June Provost, Black sugarcane farmers in Louisiana who lost their land due to racism. @Juneraisincane@AngProvostFarms
Please(!) help them save what's left: Donate! Thank you!🙏❤️
The most important part of the fight is knowing when to strike - and when to lower that fist and put your nose back to the grindstone (like imma go do now 🤓!)
Jan 6, 2019 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
Re: the meritocracy of academe:
A prof of *literature* gets @nytimes coverage for history using the same old sources to make the same old arguments, while scholars w groundbreaking research & methodology are overlooked bc they lack #IvyLeague pedigree...
I don't think I've ever been this excited about a #NewYear. #2019's gonna be the year we revolutionize the way the American public both understands & consumes history!🔥🔥🔥
Big things… instagram.com/p/BsGCCTNHnOl/…
Seriously: I think sometimes ppl trained as academics have a hard time imagining communicating their expertise w the public in any form other than the written word.
Time to change that.
People are increasingly only willing to read very short pieces, sometimes not even that.
Dec 29, 2018 • 12 tweets • 5 min read
So I spent yesterday in a place I've written about but never really visited (which is always surreal): the Pearl River Swamp on the border of #Louisiana & #Mississippi.
During the Civil War this area (which is very close to the Free State of Jones that @vikki_bynum wrote about) was filled with anti-Confederate white men hiding out, trying to avoid having to fight the slaveholders' war.
#TuesdayThoughts: I wasn't able to be as productive as I wanted to be this year given an (often-ass-kicking) autoimmune disorder, but here's a thread of a few highlights.
As always, I remain so grateful to you all for your continued support.❤️
First, I am very proud of co-editing, with @m_hild, Reconsidering Southern Labor History: Race, Class, and Power. We had perceptive, brilliant scholars contributing essays on a wide variety of topics. Look for the paperback release in 2019!
Wow - I forgot about all the cool stuff we discussed: state-level poverty programs, switching to a service-based economy in rural areas, the Case-Deaton white death paper, the liberal elite write-off of working class whites, white economic privilege, & class anger/resentment.
Dec 7, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
I've muted "certain writers'" names here bc I'm so sick of seeing "progressive" men fawning all over women who think abortion is evil.
I suppose it seems evil to people who come from wealth & privilege & know nothing of the real world. And btw, if you care so much, ADOPT.🙄
I'm mourning why someone born into extravagant(!!!) wealth & educated at the best schools could've lived through the horrors of Jim Crow and never felt a moral urge to do *something* - anything...
I'm mourning the fact that someone gifted immense power thru race, gender, AND class never fought for the rights of the poor and downtrodden, of the homeless, the hopeless, the forgotten.
That they could watch the Civil Rights Movement in real time and not join in.
But the Dems share some blame. All Southern states should learn from this:
1) Run younger, charismatic candidates...
Who maintain an active social media presence. This is a fantastic way to campaign with limited resources. Branding matters. So do looks. So do numbers of followers.
2) actually make a concerted effort to campaign!!! The D-candidate here was virtually unknown - no TV ads, nothing