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May 15 15 tweets 4 min read
Sure.

A thread After the French Revolution, people who supported the old monarchy, feudalism and a heirarchal sat on the right side of presiding officer of French Parliament and the liberal, non-aristocrats and members of the third estate usually sat on the left.
May 7 18 tweets 5 min read
This is not true. It has never been true. It is based partly on a misunderstanding FBI data and partly based on a widely perpetuated lie.

A thread. First of all, let’s get this out of the way, NO ONE deserves hate. It is wrong

Yet, year in and year out, there are more anti-Black hate crimes than any other category.
And according to the latest FBI data there, are nearly 3 times more anti-black crimes than anti-Jewish crimes. Image
Apr 26 24 tweets 4 min read
A few years ago, while working for one of the greatest sports franchises of all time, I learned a very important life lesson.

A thread Every summer, my hometown's recreation department hosted a "stop the violence" summer league to keep kids "off the street."

It eventually became so competitive that teams would recruit out-of-town ringers, leaving local basketball players shut out of their hometown's tournament
Apr 19 11 tweets 2 min read
Many people don’t know that the phrase “crabs in a barrel” comes from an old Geechie Gullah tale.

A thread: A long time ago, it was impossible to catch crabs. They were too crafty. Even when they got caught in a net, other crabs would come and free them. Then, one day, a fisherman found a crafty old crab in his net one morning. He was just about to eat it when the the crafty old crab said:

“Please Mr. Fisherman, don’t eat me. Please don’t eat me!”
Apr 18 22 tweets 5 min read
7 years ago, I wrote a small piece about a man who was falsely accused of a crime.

A few days later, I got an anonymous telling me to look up the woman they called “the evilest white woman on earth.”

What happened next is the absolute wildest story you’ll ever hear

A thread The story begins in 2017, when an editor asked me to fill in for a coworker and do a quick write-up about Lamonte McIntyre, who spent 23 yrs in prison for a double murder he didn’t commit.

I thought it was weird his conviction wasn’t actually overturned

theroot.com/lamonte-mcinty…
Apr 16 10 tweets 3 min read
Good question.

A BETTER question is why is Youngkin so determined to give Klan-affiliated white women welfare by stealing money from Black kids?

A thread. Contrary what people who don't read things say, the Virginia legislature is not "targeting" the Klan-affiliated, pro-Confederate hate group that is responsible for the "lost cause" by taking the tax-exempt status from the KKK's little sister.
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Mar 21 7 tweets 2 min read
One more thing:

In 1924, lawmakers tasked the census bureau was tasked with figuring out the “national origins of the white population of the US.”

If white people were from a certain country, that country was considered “Good.” Nonwhite people were from “bad countries.” Image To preserve the country’s racial composition, they created a formula. Ppl from good countries could immigrate based on the % of pop. in the formula. Immigration from bad countries was limited.

And no Asians

This was why we call it the Asian Exclusion & National Origins Act Image
Mar 20 19 tweets 5 min read
I'll take this one.

The idea that affirmative action or diversity, equity & inclusion policies equal lower standards is something that a lot of people believe.

Instead of citing what "I believe" like Elon did, let's use facts & a something I like to called "math"

A thread. First of all, there is a good reason why Elon referred to Duke. It's part of a discussion began by Ben Shapiro and some other white people after a white girl said some things about Duke Medical School's DEI program

By its own admission, the school has a DEI program.
Mar 11 16 tweets 4 min read
Three years ago, I realized one of my lifelong dreams that reflects the racial progress this country has made throughout its history.

I became a diversity hire.

A thread. Growing up, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED stand-up. As a kid, I watched episodes of "Evening at the Improv) & once got in trouble for listening to Richard Pryor (Even worse, I dubbed it over my grandma's James Cleveland album).

And I LOVED Late-night TV.
Mar 11 11 tweets 3 min read
Three years ago, I realized one of my lifelong dreams that reflects the racial progress this country has made throughout its history.

I became a diversity hire.

A thread. Growing up, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED stand-up. As a kid, I watched episodes of "Evening at the Improv) & once got in trouble for listening to Richard Pryor (Even worse, I dubbed it over my grandma's James Cleveland album).

And I LOVED Late-night TV.
Feb 29 13 tweets 4 min read
Here’s an interesting #BHM challenge:

You get to choose any three people, living or dead, to answer 1 question:

Who is responsible for saving the most lives in all of human history?

I’d argue than no one can beat my team.

A thread. The first 1 is easy. You probably already know her name:

Henrietta Lacks

Although her cells were harvested without her consent, its possible that we’ll EVER KNOW how many lives were saved because of HeLa cells.

hopkinsmedicine.org/henrietta-lack…
Feb 26 42 tweets 10 min read
I know I tweet about history a lot, but for Black History Month, let's talk about math (OK, there'll be a little bit of history involved)

A thread: The first thing you should know is that after the fall of the Roman Empire, there was so little intellectual & scientific progress, that historians later referred to this period as "the Dark Ages."

To be fair, that term only refers to white people
Feb 11 32 tweets 7 min read
Today, a lot of old Black men will be rooting for the KC Chiefs.

It has nothing to do with Taylor Swift, a Black QB or Travis Kelce's pioneering haircut. It's about HBCUs, Black history, a kidnapping & white affirmative action.

How Racism Invented the Super Bowl

A thread. Pro football existed before the NFL. Independent football teams played each other & they even crowned a "national champion."

Remember, many colleges were segregated, which meant a lot of the BEST football players played at HBCUs, Ivy League colleges & on the West Coast.
Feb 10 18 tweets 5 min read
Too often, when talking about the violence of Reconstruction, we focus on what whites did to Black people.

But what about the white community?

Well on this day, 150 years ago, SC finally addressed a problem that had plagued the state for years.

White on white crime

A thread It was 1872 in SC and Black people were doing great.

SC was ~ 60% Black. The legislature was majority-Black. The Lt Gov was Black. SC had America’s 1st Black Secretary of State, 1st Black Supreme Court justice & the 1st Black state treasurer.

BUT white people were NOT ok
Feb 2 13 tweets 5 min read
This could literally be the definition of whiteness.

Or white supremacy.

Or any variation of the specific brand of Christian nationalism that has been weaponized and used to justify white supremacy since the beginning of America history.

A thread: 1606 - The first Charter of Virginia granted with a goal of “propagating of Christian religion to such people, as yet live in darkness and miserable ignorance of the true knowledge& worship of God & … bring the infidels and savages, living in those parts, to human civility” Image
Jan 21 7 tweets 2 min read
“a recruit reported hearing him describe his day by saying to someone on the phone, ‘Oh, just another day with the old boot on the n****r’s neck’ … a dozen troopers confirmed they heard Allison use the slur.”

This isn’t the wildest part of this article

oregonlive.com/crime/2024/01/… There was the cop who killed someone and wanted to keep the gun as a keepsake Image
Nov 10, 2023 23 tweets 6 min read
Little known fact:

Although much has been written about America's PAST treatment of Black veterans, few people are aware that tens of thousands of Black people who served in the US Armed Forces are technically and legally excluded from Veterans Day.

A thread (and a story) First of all, the mistreatment of Black veterans dates back to the beginning of America. Many enslaved people who fought in the American Revolution were promised their freedom.

America reneged.

Don't trust my version of history. Ask a little organization called the US Army. Image
Oct 30, 2023 16 tweets 4 min read
Everyone knows the story of Nearest Green's whiskey recipe. But the Jack Daniel family's wealth ain't got SHIT on the family that made money off the scam they pulled on Stephen Slade

A thread In 1839, Stephen Slade fell asleep in the barn.

Stephen, an "exceptionally intelligent" man, was enslaved by Abisha Slade, a farmer who inherited his land Abisha didn't know shit about farming. He was a politician who talked a good game, tho.
Sep 20, 2023 21 tweets 6 min read
One of the most frequent questions I’ve received about Black AF History is:

“Is there something you left out?”

The first draft of the book, had a game based on my belief that every Black American is connected to one guy:

Let’s play “Six Degrees of TRM Howard”

A thread: The story begins with a secret meeting.

On August 12, 1846, 12 men representing every state that still enslaved human beings assembled at a house on the corner of Green and Seventh Street in St. Louis, Mo. They each put their hand over their hearts and recited a pledge: Image
Sep 5, 2023 26 tweets 7 min read
160 years ago today, the state of Georgia refused to seat 33 Black elected officials from the state legislature, sparking a series of events that led to one of Black Twitter's most celebrated memes.

A thread. A lot of people believe the Civil War wasn't about slavery. Those people are either liars or dumb.

Every single declaration of secession mentions slavery. The Confederate president and VP said: We're doing this for white supremacy

Well, they put it more plainly
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Aug 29, 2023 24 tweets 7 min read
He's right.

If you believe a lone racist gunman killed 3 people in Jacksonville, it's probably because you only learned a whitewashed version of history. But there is a reason why a white supremacist chose this specific location:

A thread The shooting happened in the New Town section of Jacksonville, Fla.

Wait... Why is the black section called "New Town?"

You've probably heard about the Great Chicago Fire & the San Francisco Fire. Well, the 3rd largest urban fire in American history was in Jacksonville, Fla Image