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Oct 7, 2018 17 tweets 3 min read
Wait should I live tweet how this film (Lean on Me) is not only a great film but a great representation of the antithesis of intersectionality? Should I?? Intersectionalists would explain the beating up (and in some cases, near sexual assault) of teachers as the natural product of systemic racism or something. In contrast, Principal Clark stated simply, "give me the names of every hoodlum, miscreant, etc. on my desk by noon today
Oct 4, 2018 15 tweets 3 min read
Here's a thread about notions of blackness, introverted insecurity, and a recent experience that transformed the way I see the world and myself in it: I grew up in New Orleans in a middle class family in a two parent home. For a brief time, I went to a predominately African-American school where many of the students had experiences that I simply did not have. Many of them grew up in public housing, did not have fathers, etc.
Sep 20, 2018 8 tweets 3 min read
And now a thread about living life in paradox:

My spiritual development has been anchored in Jewish life. It has a Jewish orientation about it even though I am not Jewish. This means I view the world through the lens of Jewish time. By Jewish time I mean Shabbat (though I'm not particularly observant in the orthodox sense), the holy days (yes I'm in shul all day for most of them), and kosher style (which I've kept since I was a child). This paradox exists for a few reasons:
Aug 28, 2018 8 tweets 2 min read
I've just finished Francine Klagsburn's 'Lioness' and like all good books I read, once I am done I always feel like I have lost a good friend but am grateful for the journeys we had together. 🤗

Here are the some cool things I learned along the way: Statecraft is hard; it often entails navigating good policies vs good policies and that is exceedingly difficult. Golda Meir sometimes succeeded, sometimes failed, but she was one of the titans of Israeli leadership and embodies a type of leadership that is needed everywhere.
Aug 28, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
As a Brand Ambassador at Jerusalem U I'm currently producing a YouTube series on identity in Israeli society and the more I learn, the more I'm convinced that generally speaking misconceptions about Israel are the norm in the West and especially in America. Granted I haven't done a study of other western countries and their level of Israel awareness but in America, it seems like there are basic misconceptions that pass as "truth" which are either false, or only partially true, or largely irrelevant in understanding Israeli society.
Aug 19, 2018 13 tweets 5 min read
The steps necessary to build and maintain healthy relationships is completely thrown out the window when it comes to maintaining good relationships in a political context.

This is perhaps most obvious when we see how the extreme left & right talk about race relations. Consider this incredible advice on self-mastery and relationships by @jadapsmith recently posted to her Instagram:
Aug 12, 2018 8 tweets 2 min read
I learned something instructive about human psychology today. I had to go to this timeshare seminar for 2 hours. I initially had some interest but then when another sales rep came in to seal the deal, something switched in my brain and I realized I didn't want it It happened when my friend said, "she doesn't need it" and then the sales rep said "of course, it's not about needing it it's about wanting it." It was at this point I realized that the rep and I fundamentally didn't understand each other. For more on this first a little info:
Aug 9, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
This week in the real world was very productive; few speeches, had very productive meetings at work, and got the opportunity to volunteer at a charity I've been wanting to work at for some time. But on social media, I realized that some ideologues in USA are consumed w/ idolatry. I realized this after having unpleasant fb discourse with Trump supporters when discussing the recent investment Lebron James made in his home community.
Aug 8, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
.@RealCandaceO doesn't get that she contributes to the environment she so passionately rails against. 😬 She complains about hysteria on the left but is hysterical.
Aug 7, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
I had a two hour convo this past weekend with a friend about how Jay Z and Beyonce represent order/civilization/tradition/ whereas Kanye and Rihanna represent experimentation/fluidity, formlessness/ and both are two sides of the same coin that make up art. To make the dichotomy very simple, one represents order while the other represents chaos which embodies the real world and both are necessary to counterbalance each other.
Jul 27, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Re: privilege we're not teaching leadership -- how to actually deal with disadvantage/loss. It would be nice to go into a place w/o it being assumed that you are "the help" but as J. Mcwhorter pointed out that's not the end of the world nor does it help to respond as if it is. In a way the response to "microagression" has been worse than the microagression itswld. The world is full of chaos and if we are so fragile as to be paralyzed in the face of it we are not growing as a society.
Jul 26, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
I've been thinking about the concept of privilege on an existential level lately and I've had an epiphany. It relates to the death Anthony Bourdain. On the surface, one could have said he was privileged but that would have been superficial. It turns out he was battling demons. Demons so monstrous that they drove him to take his own life. It has been said by nearly all commentators that this was a man whose job everyone wanted. And yet, Bourdain was unwell, and that is certainly not a privilege and it is this kind of privilege that ultimately matters.
Jul 19, 2018 8 tweets 2 min read
A word about the @IfNotNowOrg @birthright kerfufle: If the reverse happened, would the people siding with inn be siding with birthright people taking a free trip under false pretenses to learn about Palestinian grievances only to leave in the middle of the trip declaring that the trip was one sided and propaganda and thus a lie?
Jul 14, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
If you know nothing about the governing styles of menachem begin vs ben gurion, nothing about the pogroms in Poland and Russia and pre-Hitler Germany, if you know nothing about the kibbutzim movement vs the settlement movement, if you haven't read anything by Gordis or Halevi... Or Oz, if you know nothing about the Mizrachi, the fact that the Tunisian Jewish community can trace their family back to Benjamin, if you know nothing about the persecution of Ethiopian Jews in Gondar...
Jul 12, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Peak trolling is when you claim to want to fight to mitigate social challenges in Israeli society but what you actually want to fight against is the existence of Israeli society itself. So you'll fight against, say, racism against Ethiopian Israelis by deriding Zionism -- which is insulting because those same Ethiopian Israelis are Zionists who serve in the IDF and believe in the Zionist vision and want to see it fulfilled not torn down.
Jul 6, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
I would've liked to see @13THFilm discuss more actual reforms that are able to be implemented in the CJS; instead Angela Davis claimed reforms were inevitably repressive which is just bizarre. (also the incarceration rate in the AA community actually dropped from 2000-2014) There are also basic flaws in the film. There are states with prison inmates the majority of whom are whites, not blacks which challenges the premise. It's strategically easier to push for CJR when focusing on the excesses of the system as a whole affecting all Americans(it does)
May 30, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
This critique of intersectionality erasing the experiences of Jews and contributing to systems that keep them down continues to come up. What's interesting is that if I were to take @JFREJNYC 's document on antisemitism seriously -- which is intersectional -- that's built in. The document specifically decries Jews having capital. (It's an anti-capitalism document.) It clarifies that it believes the problem is with the capital not the Jew because he is a Jew. But that's nonsense.
Apr 30, 2018 32 tweets 9 min read
Ive wanted to do an assessment of the document that @JFREJNYC put out on anti-Semitism a few months ago but I hadn't had the chance to read it in its entirety. I recently finally got to it and want to share some of my thoughts with you. For context, it's important to note that @JFREJNYC is one of the few organizations Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour have deemed kosher enough to work with -- in contrast to the @ADL_National one of the largest and oldest civil rights organizations in the country.
Mar 16, 2018 15 tweets 4 min read
Here's a thread on Marwan Barghouti, and why you should never ever, ever, ever, ever defend or make excuses for his behavior. @jstreetdotorg, @PeterBeinart , & @IfNotNowOrg especially: please pay attention.

For a primer, let's visit @Disney for a lesson on the human condition. In @Disney 's The Little Mermaid, the villain is a nefarious octopus named Ursula; Ursula has a bone to pick with Ariel's father and, because she is not in power, she spends her time exploiting the mermen and merwomen who come to her wanting to overcome their own insecurities.
Mar 7, 2018 24 tweets 8 min read
It has just dawned on me that the @womensmarch and @TamikaDMallory's inability to denounce Farrakhan is a logical conclusion of the religion that is Intersectionality. Ladies and Gentlemen, a thread: Its been noted by many that intersectionality is a religion that contains certain aspects of Catholicism, namely St. Augustine's concept of original sin, which in this case = privilege; repentance - which means admitting you're privileged; & conversion - becoming "woke."
Feb 25, 2018 12 tweets 3 min read
At the end of her epic ted talk, @BreneBrown says that one of the most important things that we need to believe is that, "we are enough ... Because when we work from a place that says, 'I am enough, then we're kindler and gentler to the people around us and to ourselves." What's fascinating about this idea is that it keeps coming up as a factor in breakdowns in human interactions. I find this to be true in pop culture (stories in film) and in real life. Breakdown happens when one or more individuals in a situation believe they are not enough.