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Historian of racial & sexual violence/At the Dark End of the Street Black Women Rape & Resistance @Knopf Next book-Detroit '67 Algiers Motel murders/@sheedylit
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Oct 31 33 tweets 9 min read
It's important that we don't reduce the 1955-56 Montgomery Bus Boycott to Rosa Parks' actions alone. It was the culmination of a decade-long movement by Black women for bodily autonomy and the right to move through the world without being molested. #RosaParks The radical roots of the Montgomery Bus Boycott begin in 1944, when armed white men in Abbeville, AL kidnapped & raped Mrs. Recy Taylor, a young Black mother and sharecropper. The Montgomery NAACP heard about the assault and sent their best investigator. Her name: Rosa Parks.
Feb 1, 2021 31 tweets 9 min read
This is great for folks who still don't know the history of Mrs. Parks or the Montgomery Bus Boycott. But the real history of the boycott, as a decade-long mvmt for Black women's bodily autonomy, is better than the fairy tale & this essay @jdesmondharris nytimes.com/2021/02/01/opi… The radical roots of the Montgomery Bus Boycott begin in 1944, when armed white men in Abbeville, AL kidnapped & raped Mrs. Recy Taylor, a young Black mother and sharecropper. The Montgomery NAACP heard about the assault and sent their best investigator. Her name: Rosa Parks.
Nov 5, 2020 7 tweets 3 min read
In order to begin to understand why so many white suburbanites mobbed the Detroit TCF center today & demanded an end to counting ballots, we need to acknowledge that they really are in a cult (of personality led by Trump) that has merged with the cult of Q-Anon & InfoWars. For ex, this woman retweeted a Q acct about Dems allegedly stealing military ballots as part of a sting setup by genius Trump. Her husband is a MI state legislator. She was at TCF today banging on the windows, insisting GOP challengers locked out b/c *obvs* Dems stealing votes.
Nov 4, 2020 7 tweets 2 min read
Some of the hilarious things we saw yesterday from GOP challengers at TCF in Detroit.
1. Mass freakout that a ballot box was moved from tabulator area to a counting board. Challengers assumed ballots being taken/double counted. Demanded supervisor open box. Guess what? Empty. 2. Group of GOP challengers (all "suburban" women) confused about counting process. Consistently conflated their own ignorance with inspector malfeasance, causing chaos & air of suspicion. Supervisors patiently explained process/rules & GOP ladies moved on to next conspiracy.
Nov 4, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
I was at the Absent Ballot Counting Board today in Detroit. We counted 107,000 ballots. The count continues overnight. Millions voted absentee in Michigan. Don’t think for a second that you will know the final count tonight. #BidenHarris2020 The GOP challengers did all they could to slow the process. When you begin with a mindset rooted in fraud & conspiracy, you see every thing as suspect. They were so set on finding fraud they drove poll workers nuts with their constant haranguing & interruptions.
Dec 31, 2019 43 tweets 28 min read
Today would have been #RecyTaylor's 100th birthday. She was born on New Year’s Eve in 1919. It was a year of violence & resistance. White terrorists rampaged through black towns and folks like WEB DuBois said “We return from fighting. We return fighting.” She was born to fight. Recy Taylor grew up in Abbeville, in SE Ala during Jim Crow. She was the eldest in a large & loving family that farmed & sharecropped. Her mother died when she was very young. She promised her she would raise her siblings. Her baby brother Robert came to see Recy as his mother
Oct 29, 2018 18 tweets 9 min read
Friends, sister survivors and #twitterstorians: If you've read or know about the history in "At the Dark End of the Street" please help me out: In 1959 Betty Jean Owens was kidnapped and brutally raped by four white men in Tallahassee, Florida. She testified in a Jim Crow court.. in front of an all-white, all-male jury. She was a student at #FAMU & her fellow students rallied to her defense & demanded justice. It was a major campus movement BEFORE sit-ins. She spoke out decades before women took back the night or said #MeToo Defense attys accused her of..