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Antiracist. Historian. Writer. Class/Labor/Inequality. Books #MasterlessMen & #RSLH. New book soon. VP #SLSA. #Merrittocracy. Punk rawk grrrl. Talk nerdy to me.
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8 Jun 20
Okay y'all - I made a #TOP100 #list of #antiracism #books. Will post on my website soon, & #thread them here (pls have patience as I do so!).

This is obviously not an exhaustive list, & I surely left out lots of deserving books. But here's my attempt, in alphabetical order:
Psst! Also, if you really wanna fight the good fight try to order these thru indie book stores, preferably BIPOC-owned shops (like the ones in the link here). Thanks loves! xo😘

aalbc.com/bookstores/lis…
1.Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow
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20 Jan 20
Thread on #poverty, #racism, & #MLK:
#MLKDay #MLKDay2020

Reflecting back upon the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1 point always stands out, a searing reminder of what was – and still is – America’s grossest injustice: /1
that in the one of the richest nations in the world, so many millions of people remain trapped in cyclical, soul-crushing poverty. /2
Dr. King, of course, regularly received death threats as he fought for political rights for African Americans. Police and law enforcement agents beat and jailed him repeatedly for his stances on social equity. /3
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12 Sep 19
The one thing I always stress abt the 19th c is that we still don’t have a sufficient understanding of just how DRUNK & HIGH a significant proportion of Americans (of all classes) were on the daily...

Laudanum, baby!
Okay since this has taken off here's a thread on the prevalence of alcoholism among poor whites in the antebellum South (based on my book #MasterlessMen):

Drinking to excess became such a problem in antebellum America that temperance societies began forming in the 1820s & 30s.
Leaders of this movement were quick to point out the connection between poverty & intemperance. Alcohol was central to the vast majority of southern fights & affrays, just as it was to prostitution & gambling.

More importantly: Alcohol was central to interactions bw races...
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20 Aug 19
Sorry, folks, but the coolest license plate EVER is now officially taken. #ATL #Atlanta #NatTurner
PS - for a few years our shitty ancient-white-man legislature has been putting “In God We Trust” at the bottom of license plates.

He amended his to say “I Trust Me.”

Well played, sir. Well played.
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26 Feb 19
I've been traveling & missed the absolutely ABSURD fact that @DineshDSouza is peddling some "Fake History" speech circuit (it's not just Stanford, folks-he's even going to Cabo!).

Short thread - (& thanks to @KevinMKruse et al for continuing the maddening crusade for truth):
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 -
3. Dinesh has now made a horrible situation much worse, feeding his aggrieved, existentially anxious, ill-educated in history/civics/govt, racist fan-base the tools to start discrediting academics & experts the same way Trump & his cronies have attempted to discredit journalists.
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30 Jan 19
New thread that I will add to over the coming days as I re-watch Ken Burns' The Civil War.

I'm gonna call this #WhyWeNeedaNewCivilWarDocumentary. 🤓

(@netflix listen up!)
1. Starting with Episode 1, "The Cause," the doc does not mention #slavery until a full 6 minutes in, erroneously stating that #RobertELee "disapproved" of slavery.🙄

nytimes.com/2017/08/18/us/…
2. Then he LITERALLY ATTRIBUTES THE CAUSE OF THE WAR TO STATES' RIGHTS.

Direct quote: “what began as a bitter dispute over union and states’ rights..."

#WhyWeNeedaNewCivilWarDocumentary
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24 Jan 19
This is dead-on.👇

They also filmed Guthrie from below, making her appear larger than him - thus making him appear even *more* childlike.
Look at this size distortion: absurd.

They knew exactly what they were doing here. His PR/lawyer team may have demanded it be shot this way.
He's dressed in cool tones - ***calming*** colors psychologically - which then highlight the rosiness/"boyishness" of his cheeks.🙄
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22 Jan 19
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.
3. I’m not going to get into how detrimental it is to America to portray our history – and indeed, our future – as a white-centered history told by almost all white historians. And I’m not going to comment on why this is the perfect example of how, when diverse voices
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17 Jan 19
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!🙏❤️

gofundme.com/provost-farm-l…
And if you can't donate, pls give them a RT!🔥🔥🔥

"Statistically, African Americans own less than 1% of US land which can be correlated to food apartheid, robbing of voters rights, and a failing criminal justice system."
Here's their full story. The first few paragraphs are chilling:
theguardian.com/world/2018/oct…
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12 Jan 19
All I can think:
"You can be true, you can be false
You'll be given the same reward
Socrates &Milhous Nixon
Both went the same way through the kitchen
Plato the Greek or Rin Tin Tin
Who's more famous to the billion millions?
News flash, 'Vacuum cleaner sucks up budgie'" - Clash
Clash - Magnificent Seven

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8 Jan 19
As a woman w several years more life experience than AOC, I wish I could tell her one thing:

Stop responding to EVERY single personal attack.

They're trying to wear you down - mentally & emotionally.

Save your energy to defend others.

❤️, your older sisters in the struggle
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 🤓!)
1. Ugh, got pulled back in- cld write an entire longform essay on this but already have a lotta deadlines so here are a few tweets. Caveat: many other feminists, esp. feminists of color, have explained this type of self-care much better than I ever could.
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6 Jan 19
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...

nyti.ms/2RpFhse
Or is because they are not the "right" race or gender?
And so a subtweet from above:

Go buy Prof. Richard Blackett's fantastic new book on the exact same subject. It's based on much more extensive research & offers *new* conclusions. @DGershenowitz @cambUP_History
cambridge.org/us/academic/su…
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2 Jan 19
@Ben_C_Chambers oh yes, not just "some" - at least a few thousand:

nytimes.com/2016/05/09/wor…
@Ben_C_Chambers As John Hope Franklin showed, as early as 1834, Southern slaveholders - led by Fire-Eaters mostly out of #SouthCarolina - were eyeing Brazil (& indeed the entire Gulf & Caribbean - as places to expand their slavery empire.
@Ben_C_Chambers From Franklin's The Militant South (excerpts from my own Masterless Men:)
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1 Jan 19
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.
So we can either keep lamenting that ppl don't read enough, aren't self-educating enough, etc., or we can a abandon our own snobberies abt form & repackage history in formats that ppl DO consume.
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29 Dec 18
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.
I couldn't stop thinking about the WPA slave narratives about the area. The anti-Confederate whites learned how to hide from the enslaved, who learned from Native Americans.
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24 Dec 18
My all-time favorite #Christmas song. The message is a beautiful one:
#DavidBowie #BingCrosby #LittleDrummerBoy

"Peace on earth, can it be
Years from now, perhaps we'll see
See the day of glory
See the day when men of good will
Live in peace, live in peace again...
"Every child must be made aware
Every child must be made to care
Care enough for his fellow man
To give all the love that he can..
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21 Dec 18
Just got back to #ATL & my ❤️ is full. Thank you, @JessicaNeptune & #BardPrisonInitiative, for your kindness.

Will be sending along a couple of copies of Reconsidering Southern Labor History after the holidays. Much love to all the students. Keep up the amazing work.🙏
You can donate here, or scholars/writers, if you want to donate books, let @JessicaNeptune know!

bpi.bard.edu/support/
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19 Dec 18
Whenever ppl ask about #Twitter, I'm always honest: There's a lot of abuse of women here, but the amount of VILE comments & threats aimed at Black women is unconscionable.

I completely understand why WOC wouldn't want to be on Twitter at all...
bit.ly/2S7Y6xg?utm_so…
But for those of you who weather the abuse & disgusting comments (often daily) & stay here as educators, activists & scholars: Thank you. Thank you.🙏

We- white ppl & men- *should* be doing a better job of ENDING this.

Allies: start being aware & support & promote Black women!
And yes I'm feeling saucy today so this is a subtweet of *many* white men here - esp those with a lot of followers.

Y'all need to do better following - & *promoting* women. And nearly ALL y'all need to do better by Black women.
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19 Dec 18
Headed out to my fave city in America for a 100th birthday tribute to a legend - Henry Roeland Byrd, aka #ProfessorLonghair.🤩

#Fess #NOLA #jazz #jass
So a lot of y'all don't know who Professor Longhair is, despite knowing his protégées #DrJohn, #FatsDomino, & #AllenToussaint - even those of you who consider yourselves #Jazz aficionados.

There's one reason for that: extreme poverty.
Although the blues and boogie-woogie Black musicians from Mississippi & Louisiana who made it up the river to Chicago found a wealthy white audience, Black musicians who remained in Southern states didn't have that - & thus remain underappreciated or unknown.
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18 Dec 18
#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!

upf.com/book.asp?id=97…
Second, was absolutely honored to be asked to write a piece commemorating the life and legacy of #MartinLutherKing #MLK for the National Civil Rights Museum. I chose to write about #poverty and the #PoorPeoplesCampaign:

mlk50.civilrightsmuseum.org/50-voices-50-y…
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