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He was assaulting women while blackballing Janet in the industry. Again, this is a *POWER STRUCTURE* organized around racialized sexual violence in which wealthy WM hold the most power & poor BW/WOC hold the least. This is how colonialism/slave plantations were organized and...1/
...all of modern white capitalism (incl. the American entertainment industry) is an outgrowth of the plantation system. This is why I don't have patience for folks trying to shift focus to redemption for individual offenders when the issue is *SYSTEMIC* sexual violence 2/
That's like looking at all the evidence past & present of racism in policing and, instead of focusing on the most impacted & the most vulnerable, choosing to focus on whether an officer accused of brutality in one city can get a job in another 3/
"Everybody has to make a living"

Right. Which is why many are forced to earn a living in conditions where their safety is under constant threat from predators who have the power to destroy their livelihoods. But this society will value a single rich white man over all of them 4/
This is why I'm not #onhere as much this season. My blood pressure goes up each time I log on.

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Aug 22, 2018
The historical practice of not indicting a sitting president is based on the assumption there's a functioning Congress willing to act in its role of applying checks and balances to executive power 1/
But to say a president who’s committed crime can’t be indicted under any circumstance— including a circumstance where the president’s party in Congress refuses to impeach him and in many ways aids his attempts to obstruct justice— is to say that the president is above the law. 2/
And if that’s the case, then we don’t have a presidency but have returned to having a king. The king is the law and therefore by definition can not be in violation of the law. 3/
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Aug 14, 2018
"White" is a socially constructed identity that didn't exist prior to the development of systemic racism. The inclusion or exclusion of various European ethnicities in "white" identity changes & evolves as needed to reinforce the white power structure. 1/
For ex., the trans-atlantic slave trade was initially dominated by Spanish & Portuguese. The notion that Spanish & Portuguese ancestry is a marker of non-white identity is a modern one influenced by how white identity has been defined in the United States (English protestant) 2/
Another ex., at 1 point Irish were considered to be different "race" than English or "Anglo". Race is a social construct that shapes a lived reality. It is, has always served to establish a power structure that concentrates power & wealth among a "white" elite ownership class 3/
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Jul 16, 2018
White racists in US have shown time & again they'd rather burn the republic to the ground than have racial equality in America.

This Trump-Putin situation is just a continuation of that dynamic. The commitment to white supremacy is stronger than commitment to western democracy
Any president prior to 45 would've been ousted by the white power establishment if they had been a blatant threat to national security like 45 is.


So here we are 🙃
Me, from now to eternity, popping in to remind everyone that the Trump Admin w/ all its horrors was brought to us by white racial resentment & that fact should never be forgotten or overlooked
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Jun 25, 2018
MLK on white moderates who are more bothered by social disruption than injustice:

"First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate..." 1/
"...I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to "order" than to justice;" 2/
"...who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says 'I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can't agree with your methods of direct action;'" 3/
Read 4 tweets
Jun 25, 2018
White supremacy (that is, the belief in the inherent racial & cultural superiority of Anglo-America) is the dominant culture that gave rise to the Trump presidency. It is the root problem of the so-called "culture war". 1/
Opposing sides of the ruling class (that is, the Democratic and Republican parties and the billionaires who finance them) both have vested interest rn in narrowing the focus to Trump as opposed to a broader examination of white supremacy as a system 2/
We can not settle for surface-level reforms. We must demand deep systemic change. 3/
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Jun 20, 2018
Everyone who is able to vote needs to vote b/c there are oppressors holding positions of power making deadly decisions on a day-to-day basis that need to be replaced immediately. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, saying voting is the single most impactful thing we can do is not true 1/
Ppl often offer voting as an alternative to political & social disruption. It is dangerously ahistorical to claim that voting alone in the absence of disruption is enough to secure freedom & democracy (especially considering the right to vote is itself under relentless attack) 2/
The idea that voting alone is enough to ensure the will of the people prevails is *maybe* true in a functioning representative democracy that isn’t organized around a racist prison industry and billion-dollar elections. This nation is the opposite 3/
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