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Doctoral candidate. Pursuing my purpose. Learning. Educating. Parenting. Founder of #ClearTheAir. Next stop: Collective liberation. #BrownLimbsForMMs
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Jul 12, 2021
This song is dedicated to my homies in that gangsta lean.
Why you'd have to go so soooooonnn.
It seems like yesterday, we hanging round the hood
Now I'm gonna (uh)
Keep your memory alive like a homie should
A lifetime of memories
Going down the drain
I have to keep stepping But I can't get past the pain.
I TIP MY 40 TO YOUR MEMORY!
Take. A. Drink. And. I.
Start. To. Think. And. I
I know one day sooo-oonn
We'll be hanging outtt....

This is for my homies
This is for me homies (well well)
See you when I get there
In that gangsta lean
In that
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Sep 5, 2020
With schools back in session and only two months from the election, today I was reminded how much time and labor I have spent in the past four years supporting educators for this moment and I worry that folx still aren't ready to deal with what's about to happen. 1/ In 2016:
- 2/3 of Ts reported immigrant and Muslim students were scared about what would happen if 45 was elected.
(Turns out they were right.)
- More than half of Ts saw an increase in uncivil discourse.
(Probably a lot more of that now.) 2/

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Jul 14, 2020
I am mildly frustrated that as schools are announcing going virtual that we have wasted so much time in preparing Ts and Ss for what felt inevitable.

I had an idea for those secondary schools that are starting the school year virtually. You can have it.

Thread. 1/ NOTE: This idea assumes we have figured out how to remove all barriers of accessibility, access and funding during a pandemic. <---Figuring this out is actually where we need our best thinking. I asked y'all to vote in 2016, but here we are.

Moving on...
2/
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Aug 25, 2019
It's Sunday. I have a quick story and a question that I would like you all to consider. 1/ A few years ago I had moved to a new city. I asked my white Christian colleague about visiting her church. She said, "Actually I think you'd be more comfortable at this other church because it's more diverse." 2/

Me:
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Jul 4, 2019
If you are ready to follow along, I think I am finally ready to share the Fall 2019 #ClearTheAir schedule. I have overthought this a bunch. Here's why... 1/ We went from having some really necessary convos as internet friends turned real friends to record participation with Troublemakers and White Fragility to having @ProfCAnderson , @ProfJeffries and @BreneBrown joining us on Zooms. How do you come back after that? #ClearTheAir 2/
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Apr 12, 2019
Chaperoning Mini Me's field trip to St. Augustine today, y'all. Somebody needed to whisper the truth in her ear, while we learned about "explorers." We have the mean bus driver who doesn't like kids.

He just told the kids that if they squeal they need to get off the bus now because it's a shorter walk back than from St. Augustine.
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Mar 5, 2019
I know enough to not say anything, but I also don't know how else you talk about stuff unless you talk about it.

I recognize that since I am neither Muslim nor Jewish, I can approach this convo intellectually, which from my personal experience can be hella annoying. 1/ Can we talk about what's happening with Congresswoman Omar?

I was taught very little about the Middle East growing up, but never questioned it. Yet when I saw Kushner's smug face on one side and people dying on the other, I was like... 2/
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Mar 3, 2019
"White adults generally feel threatened by adults of color because we are aware of contradictions in the broader society that we would prefer to deny. On the one hand, most of us don't want to be prejudiced, thought of as racist, or disliked personally... "...and don't approve of overt expressions of racial prejudice. We want to view racism as solved and ourselves personally as good people, as "good whites." We also want confirming evidence from people of color that we are not racist, and many of us are afraid...
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Feb 23, 2019
Since this got some legs, let me tell you a story that may help my white saviors. Story time - 1/ In HS, my extended family rents a bus and goes on a trip. It was totally not what I wanted to do as a HS student, but I really appreciated it while on the trip and a whole lot more now. 2/
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Aug 13, 2018
Went to hold Mini Me's hand as we walked into the school and then said, "Oh, you probably don't want me holding your hand going in."

Mini me: It's ok, Mommy. I want you to hold my hand. That's what mommies are for.

Me: Check out my son's teacher wishlist. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
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Aug 3, 2018
I have been meaning to do this for a minute, and it appears that I have found a little time to tell you all about @Tolerance_org . About - Teaching Tolerance provides FREE resources to educators who work with children K12. Materials can be used to supplement the curriculum, to inform practice, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.
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Aug 2, 2018
ATTN: Secondary science teachers, have you seen this current @Newsweek?!? And you don't have to teach science to have Ss read this text. Love the visual. 😍 "Nearly all of the published work was based on populations with European ancestry. By 2009, fewer than 1% of the several hundred genome investigations included Africans."
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Jul 31, 2018
Hear ye! Hear ye! Welcome all new #ClearTheAir participants. Let's talk a little about what to expect. Note: There will be a little home learning/practice chatting at the end of this thread. So hang on until the end. A short history lesson - Back in 2016 on New Years Eve Eve. I am sitting around mad about the election and came across an article about white fragility that I wanted to talk about and I asked twitter to join me. #ClearTheAir
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Jul 20, 2018
I am so excited about my WHOLE DAY! Y'all have no idea. I will do my best to detail all the goodness, realness, and emotion here. I get to start my morning listening to @ProfJeffries , the host of @Tolerance_org 's Teaching Hard History Podcast. He's in the room, y'all!
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Jul 19, 2018
Live tweeting our next #TTABSummit speaker, Dr. Linda Tropp. Topic: Intergroup Contact, Racial Anxiety, and Navigating Race in Diverse Classrooms Research says -

Positive contact experiences can be an effective strategy can reduce prejudice - emphasis on F2F interaction.

Optimal conditions = equal status between groups in situation, support from institutional norms and authorities, cooperation and common goals.
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Jul 17, 2018
Let's go! The gentleman speaking before President Obama thanked him for being the best of America, the best of Africa, and the best of the world. 😭
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Jul 17, 2018
The way I'm laid out on the ground you would think I just finished my dissertation. I have a long list of people to thank for their support on my completion of my 5 page paper. A thread. 1/ First I'd like to thank God, from who all blessing follow. 2/
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Jul 10, 2018
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Jul 8, 2018
Y'all. Y'all.

I'm talking to one of my former Ss, a Black woman, and the micro and macro aggressions that she faces everyday at work...

1/ She's the marketing manager for Fortune 500 company. Youngest manager and only one of 10 black people in a division of 100. 2/
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Jul 4, 2018
Son: I thought we were watching Roots.
Me: We'll watch it later. It's tough though.
Son: Did they get justice?
Me: This will be the first time my son has seen it. I'll let you all know how it goes...
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Jul 3, 2018
Ok, America. Your July 4th/Independence Day thing is coming up. Here are a few things that I think you should re-read or read for the first time. I have included audio where possible so you don't have any excuses. 1/ To get your hearts, minds and souls in order, I think you should start with Rev. Dr. William Barber. He is an important figure in my life and has taught me what this work looks like morally and practically. I am thankful to God for him. 2/
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