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May 23, 2018 8 tweets 3 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
Ok, so here we are.

The body cam footage clears #OfficerHubbard of all wrong doing in this case. Based on what we see in the video #SheritaColeDixon was not telling the truth about her arrest.

Her attorney has issued a statement.
But we have to talk...
Before you all ask here is the footage:

I want to say a few things before the onslaught of “SEE THEY ALL LIE!!” starts pouring in. Yes, this is awful and the officer deserves and apology. I am definitely sorry for harm it’s caused him and his family.
But also, we’re not just proactive based on nothing.
It is still true that sexual misconduct is the second most reported complaint behind excessive force in this country. Daniel Holzclaw showed us the horror of police using their power to sexually assault Black women in particular.
The other truth here is Black women are often left out of the national narrative on police brutality. We’ve seen case after case that price that. Like #ChikesiaClemons and the case at Waffle House. That is why #Sayhername was necessary.
It is my sincere hope that we can be nuanced enough to see this woman’s lie as her INDIVIDUAL ACT and not weaponize it to use against all Black women or similar claims from women of color.
Human behavior is a mystery. I don’t know why people make the decisions that they do, but individual behavior doesn’t define the race.
I also don’t regret supporting this sister’s claims. Unfortunately, they didn’t seem far fetched. There is a lesson here in pacing ourselves perhaps but I will continue to show up for survivors of sexual violence and definitely Black women.

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Aug 20, 2018
I’ve said repeatedly that the #metooMVMT is for all of us, including these brave young men who are now coming forward. It will continue to be jarring when we hear the names of some of our faves connected to sexual violence unless we shift from talking about individuals [+]
...and begin to talk about power. Sexual violence is about power and privilege. That doesn’t change if the perpetrator is your favorite actress, activist or professor of any gender.
And we won’t shift the culture unless we get serious about shifting these false narratives.
My hope is that as more folks come forward, particularly men, that we prepare ourselves for some hard conversations about power and humanity and privilege and harm. This issue is less about crime & punishment and more about harm and harm reduction.
Read 6 tweets
Jul 13, 2018
At first the quote from #HenryCavill regarding #metooMVMT just annoyed me because it reinforced the ridiculous notions I hear constantly from men and trivializes the lived experience of people who have bravely spoken up...

...but here is the OTHER thing that is annoying. The way the media talks about the #metooMVMT in relation to men whose sexual misconduct has been exposed. We all know language matters. Look at this language from the article on #HenryCanvill
#metoo has SNARED...
Read 12 tweets
Jun 2, 2018
Tonight at 10PM folks need to watch @DatelineNBC for this exclusive with @tvkatesnow interviewing the women ACTUALLY in the center of the Cosby trial #AndreaConstand. I saw clips yesterday. It is gut wrenching. #metoomvmt #supportsurvivors
This is the clip from yesterday:
*trigger warning*

Survivors please note:

I was taken off guard and I only saw moments of it.

But it’s so necessary to hear her voice. Listen to her story in her own words. There is still SO MUCH false information going around about Cosby. Maybe this will help.
Read 7 tweets
Apr 18, 2018
So...I had a little ‘incident’ tonight and I’m gonna his ahead and share it myself.
I spoke at the U of Akron tonight to a wonderful, generous crowd who put up with my hacking cough bc I’m sick.
During Q&A a woman gets up holding a camera phone on me while asking a question +
She starts screaming out the names Bill Clinton’s accusers and says am I afraid that the #metoo movement has become too partisan and why these women weren’t names as Silence Breakers in Time magazine. By now she’s screaming. +
I say...well I guess I know who you voted for...and then I attempt to answer her question but she starts screaming. So I’m saying “be quiet and let me answer your question if you really want an answer...” but she’s still yelling. So I say ‘lady shut up!’ 😒
Read 8 tweets
Apr 7, 2018
I was made aware of this video BEFORE I ever saw it because Tony Robbins people reached out to do damage control within 24 hours. They wanted to “give me context” apparently. I don’t need any. I have eyes. The full video is 11 mins. And it’s gross. Bravo to this woman.
Oh the video is MUCH worse. His misogyny runs deep. To even repeat that story of his ‘friend’ who wouldn’t hire the ‘pretty woman’ as if it’s the MOVEMENT’s fault and not the sexist man’s fault is all you need to hear. It’s deplorable. But SO many folks misunderstand this work.
And he is clear that he won’t apologize so it is what it is. If you choose to keep supporting him it’s with full knowledge of his views on women and survivors.
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