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Writer of words; board-certified wypipologist, last real Negus alive. BlackAF History/Amber Ruffin Show/The Guardian/theGrio…At the SAME DAMN TIME.
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Sep 24 16 tweets 4 min read
Damn, TJ just called DeSantis a liar. Let’s see what DeSantis says next Is that how this happened. Did the revolution birth the abolition movement?

We know the Declaration of Independence was signed in July 1776. The 1st Battle in the Revolution was at Lexington & Concord on April 19, 1775. No one questioned slavery before that. Oh, wait
Sep 24 5 tweets 2 min read
Let’s objectively examine what he’s saying and see if he’s lying.

A thread Ok. We could argue about whether the 1619 project is a CRT version of history. But if it says that the American Revolution was fought to protect slavery, is that false. That’s actually something we can look at
Sep 19 10 tweets 2 min read
If I was a savage with no natural resources, I might start a stickup gang & keep the best loot for myself.

As the leader, eventually, I wouldn't have to participate in the armed robberies. Now the gang members might think that's not fair...

UNLESS I let them keep MOST of spoils Of course, the robbery victims would be impoverished & angry, so I'd have to find a way to keep them from coming for their stuff. Plus, other gangs might try to rob me.

But what if I let the victims become part of the gang? That way, my crew would become so big and POWERFUL...
Sep 11 37 tweets 11 min read
One of my favorite stories about Aretha Franklin is about how she was involved in changing the course of civil rights history and white music history forever. And the Queen of Soul's strange connection to Queen Elizabeth.

A thread. Although Black ppl started fighting for equal rights since about 1619, historians say the civil rights movement started with the 1955 murder of Emmett Till.

The FBI would disagree.

They began tracking prominent Black people in... Well, since there was an FBI
Sep 9 5 tweets 3 min read
Remember when Parliament made it illegal to own or pass down looted & stolen artifacts but no one bothered to check what’s literally THE MOST VALUABLE COLLECTION in the world bc Elizabeth—not the Queen or the crown, just HERSELF—made herself exempt?

Good times. Or remember when the Queen banned her court from hiring anyone but white people? And made herself exempt from discrimination laws?

And for the ppl who say she’s technically exempt from all laws, which is only partly true. She’s only exempt from being punished.
Sep 5 15 tweets 3 min read
People think Margaret Court is hating on Serena, but she’s right; No one respects Court’s 24 Grand Slam titles

If Serena’s career ends w/23 Grand Slam titles, she’ll still hold the record bc everyone knows Court’s “record” is BS

A thread

au.sports.yahoo.com/news/us-open-d… Court only won 11 titles in the “Open Era.” But when people hear that, they imagine it’s like “dead ball” era baseball or the Daisy Dukes era of the NBA

Nah.

“Pre-Open Era” tennis means Margaret Court didn’t play against the best tennis players
Sep 4 7 tweets 2 min read
I was arrested covering the George Floyd protests.

The day before I was arrested, a reporter had been punched & a another had credentials snatched

So media folks decided to create their own designated media area.

A cop snuck up from behind & snatched my phone out of my hand. I’m in the MEDIA AREA but he doesn’t believe I’m media. I offer my digital credentials. He asks for my passcode & I stare in negro

He arrests me

A few Black cops know me, but 1 white cop is f*cking with me. He zipties my wrists REALLY tight & tells me to sit
then stand
then sit
Aug 29 17 tweets 5 min read
The Duke/BYU racial incident is a PERFECT example of how we dismiss institutional racism by casting it as a random act of racism and not what it really is.

A long-standing systemic problem at a racist institution

A thread: First of all, I want to be clear: I have never been to BYU so I can’t say that Black people are not safe at BYU. You know who would know, though?

BYU students

sltrib.com/news/education…
Aug 19 20 tweets 6 min read
I love when news outlets ask if America is "better than this?" because the answer is almost ALWAYS no.

So this isn't just my favorite headline of the week, if you believe in equality and equity, you should celebrate white teachers being fired.

A thread. This is the newest story in conservatives' perpetual outrage machine. It's about the Minneapolis Teachers Union's plan to lay off teachers. Essentially, the contract protects teachers of color from being laid off 1st which, of course, made the people at Fox News BIG MAD
Jul 20 14 tweets 4 min read
Here's how whiteness works.

Montpelier is now telling this "disgusting" REAL history But people are mad because the site won't continue telling WHITE HISTORY.

The "woke" people who started all of this are descendants of people enslaved at Montpelier & the surrounding area. First of all, for EVERY SINGLE SECOND of James Madison's life at Montpelier, the no. of Black people enslaved at Montpelier outnumbered the number of white people living there.

They built it. They farmed it. They ARE THE REASON IT EXISTS. Image
Jul 19 31 tweets 8 min read
I know that talking about race & acknowledging historical facts are now "controversial" & "divisive" topics. But I have to admit, that I was surprised at the reaction to when VP Harris.

Maybe the VP is biased. She might be completely wrong, so I check the facts.

A (live) thread And I'm not kidding when I talk about the hyperbolic reaction. Even though Harris used the tone of a kindergarten teacher explaining why you shouldn't eat glue, @CNBC called them "scathing remarks."

Maybe I don't know the definition of scathing. Let's look it up:
Jul 17 41 tweets 8 min read
The statue of Mary McLeod Bethune makes me remember when my late uncle Junior always argued that MMB is the most important person in Black History.

While that is a matter of opinion, if we REALLY knew MMB, we'd see how compelling his argument was.

A thread. First of all, we usually think of her as an educator. But, when it comes to politics, economic justice and even the military, Mary McLeod Bethune was so far ahead of her time that it is a little bit scary.
Jul 5 23 tweets 7 min read
In spite of the fact that VDare is a known white supremacist organization, this question is often posed by racists and stupid people

But since you asked:

A thread: First of all, the only thing more predictable than deflecting from white supremacy with "Don't Black Lives Matter" and "But what about Chicago" is if he would have included something about rap music or a quote from MLK about being colorblind.

But it's a good question overall.
Jun 19 35 tweets 9 min read
Yall wanna hear how the fear of Black ppl's freedom led to a plot to establish White Wakanda, Trump's impeachment, Jan 6, congressional stagnation, the crack epidemic, mass shootings, the South almost winning the Civil War

And what it all has to do with Juneteenth?

A thread First, let's get rid of the idea that there were "very few white slaveowners." It's just not true.

One in 3 white Southerners were slave-owners.

How can that be true? Well, 75% of whites are homeowners. But there 230 million whites & only 83 million owner-occupied homes. How?
Jun 9 4 tweets 2 min read
Jun 3 25 tweets 8 min read
I thought I’d answer the numerous emails & DM inquiries bc it seems like a lot of people with American flags emojis in their profile pic are very interested in hearing a response.

Here’s why I haven’t “politicized” or condemned shootings by gangbangers or Black guys

A thread: First of all, I'm lactose intolerant.

Every time I go to McDonalds, I tell them that I don't want cheese on my Quarter Pounder AT LEAST 3 times. It's not because I like repeating myself, it's because 50% of the time, they will do it REGARDLESS.

This never happens at BK.
May 21 12 tweets 3 min read
I’m in Buffalo and—having reported on TOO MANY of these kinds of tragic incidents over the years, there are some things that still fascinate me.

A thread. 1. There is a “Black Community”

In tragedy, Black people find solace in coming together. I’m don’t mean the vigils, funerals or organized events, I’m talking about the place where gather all night eating & listening to music (there’s ALWAYS a grill, bag chairs & music)
May 21 4 tweets 1 min read
Sometimes I sit back with a buddha sack
My mind in another world, thinkin':
How can we exist through the facts
Written in school textbooks, Bibles, et cetera
Fuck a school lecture, the lies get me vexed, yeah I'm a block away from hell
not enough shots away from stray shells
An ounce away from a triple beam
Still using a hand-held weight scale
You're laughing, you know the place well
Where the liquor stores & base dwell
And government? Fuck government,
niggas politic theyselves
May 15 22 tweets 7 min read
What happened in Buffalo was tragic.

But we MUST stop saying that it’s indicative of the rise of white supremacy. It’s not Trumps fault or Fox News fault or even Tucker Carlson’s fault.

The Great Replacement theory is not new. It’s who America always was

A thread Let me start by saying that I understand why people believe there is a rise in white extremist violence. Before FB, Twitter, YouTube, phone cams & digital media, the narrative around these incidents were controlled by white media. Thats not a conspiracy.
May 12 24 tweets 5 min read
Whenever I'm asked about allyship, I like to tell the story of history's most notoriously revolutionary group of white allies – the Boston Vigilance Committee.

A thread. The group was organized in 1841 by an abolitionist named Charles Turner Torrey to "secure to persons of color the enjoyment of their constitutional and legal rights. To secure this object, it will employ every legal, peaceful, and Christian method, and none other."