The Truth About Racism In 140 Characters



















110 Responses to “The Truth About Racism In 140 Characters”

  1. 1 Allison
    October 8, 2014 at 2:47 pm


  2. October 8, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    These tweets are just searingly brilliant Nerdy, endless thanks for posting them here.

  3. October 8, 2014 at 2:51 pm

  4. October 8, 2014 at 2:53 pm

  5. 9 Nena20409
    October 8, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Wow….these Tweets are incredibly, NW.
    Allison and Bill R. are the Twin TOD Gold Medalists. 🙂
    Okay……McConnell being asked real questions from a sports personality?

  6. October 8, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    These tweets are painful to read. As they should be.

  7. October 8, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    docrock goes on some righteous rants and this one is especially compelling. Love her tweets and thanks for featuring them here. She was trying to storify them last night and finally succeeded so check her timeline for all of it.

  8. 17 yardarm756
    October 8, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    G’day youse guys!…….Me thinks Rev. Jeremiah Wright spoke the truth which upset sooooo many. Tsk, tsk.

  9. 18 Nena20409
    October 8, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    ImpEEch, Now!

  10. 19 vcprezofan2
    October 8, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Hey twitter EXPERTS, has the ‘ME’ button from your personal twitter page been removed? It’s where I could easily locate a tweet I had retweeted or sent myself, only I cannot seem to find it today.

    • October 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Yep, it has. Just noticed it. Another improvement by Twitter.

    • 26 Nerdy Wonka
      October 8, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Yes, it’s gone.

      Solution 1: Click on ‘Home’ and it will take you to your general twitter feed and you can click on ‘Tweets’ and see all your tweets.

      Solution 2: Click on your profile picture which now appears on the right hand side of the page. It takes you directly to your tweets page.

      • 27 vcprezofan2
        October 8, 2014 at 3:43 pm

        Thank you kindly, NerdyW. Solution 1 worked for me. I do believe twitter waits until I start feeling comfortable with different parts of the process to pull a plug here and there. Very frustrating! Good thing TOD has its own team of twitter/techie experts on call 24/7! 😀

      • 28 57andfemale
        October 8, 2014 at 4:02 pm

        Thanks, Nerdy.

  11. 29 yardarm756
    October 8, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    On this date……….


    Feast Day of St. Bridget The patron saint of Sweden and founder of the Order of the Most Holy Savior.


    1993 No sex after divorce A group of Italian Roman Catholic bishops announces that those who have sex after divorce will not be allowed to take part in communion.

    1987 Jerry Falwell resigns from the PTL ministry after a bankruptcy court rejected his reorganization plan. The ministry was $50,000,000 in debt.

    1984 The Burning Bed, starring Farrah Fawcett, airs on NBC provoking violent acts by several viewers.

    1965 Yesterday by the Beatles hits #1 on the Billboard list.

    1956 First perfect no-hitter World Series baseball game Don Larsen pitching for the New York Yankees and beating the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-0.

    1918 World War I – Sgt. York The legendary U.S. war hero kills 25 members of a German machine-gun battalion and captures 132 others during the Meuse-Argonne offensive.

    1904 First Vanderbilt Cup Auto Race The winner was George Heath driving a Panhard.

    1871 Great Chicago Fire Over four square miles of Chicago is destroyed and 250 people are killed – It was not started by Mrs. O’Leary’s cow, as often reported.


    1956 Stephanie Zimbalist American actress, Laura Holt of Remington Steele.

    1950 Kool (Robert Bell), American singer, with Kool and the Gang, Ladies Night (1979, #1) and Celebration (1980, #1).

    1949 Sigourney Weaver (Susan Weaver), American actress. Film: Alien (1979), Ghostbusters (1984), and Gorillas in the Mist (1988).

    1948 Sarah Purcell American TV personality. TV: Real People (host).

    1943 Chevy Chase (Cornelius Crane Chase), American Emmy-winning actor, comedian, short-lived talk show host. TV: Saturday Night Live.

    1941 Jesse Jackson American civil rights leader.

    1936 Rona Barrett (Rona Burnstein), American gossip columnist and TV personality.

    1927 Jim Elliot d. 1956 American missionary to Ecuador’s Quechua Indians. His was killed by the Aucas while trying to minister to them. Quote: “It is dangerous to get the cart before the horse, but essential in God’s program to get the heart before the course.” His death was the basis for the book/movie End of the Spear. Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church

    1920 Frank Patrick Herbert d. 1986 American science-fiction author, Dune (1965).

    1917 Billy Conn d. 1993 American Hall of Fame boxer. In 1941, while leading Joe Louis 8 rounds to 4, instead of playing it safe and taking the decision, he decided to slug it out with the heavyweight champ. Louis quickly knocked him out.

    1910 Kirk Alyn d. 1999 (John Feggo, Jr.), American actor. He played Superman in the 1948 movie serial and in its sequel Atom Man Vs. Superman (1950). He also played young Lois Lane’s father in the 1978 Superman movie.

    1895 Juan Domingo Perón d. 1974 President of Argentina (1946-55, 73-74). His opposition to the Church led to his excommunication by Pope Pius XII. He was forced to resign in 1955 after a revolt, but was welcomed back in 1973 by an unstable country.

    1890 Eddie Rickenbacker d. 1973 American aviator and race car driver, called “The Ace of Aces.” He was the most decorated pilot of World War I.

    1869 Frank James Duryea d. 1967 American inventor, designed the first successful gas-powered car in the U.S. and won the first U.S. automobile race (1895).

    1810 James Wilson Marshall d. 1885 American pioneer. He started the California Gold Rush when he discovered gold at Sutter’s Mill (1848).

    1609 John Clarke d. 1676 Father of Rhode Island.

    1585 Heinrich Schutz d. 1672 German composer, called the “Father of German music.” He composed Dafne (1727), the first German opera.


    1982 Fernando Lamas b. 1915 Argentine actor, the Latin Lover of U.S. films during the 1950s.

    1869 Franklin Pierce b. 1804 14th U.S. President (1853-57).

    1793 John Hancock b. 1737 4th and 13th president of the Continental Congress (1775-77, 1785-86), signer of the Declaration of Independence, and first governor of Massachusetts (1780-85).

  12. 30 Vicki
    October 8, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I’ve been out for hours but I want to go back to a comment Nena made many threads ago. Which I heartily agree with.

    In regards to the sad death of Mr. Duncan, it has to be said that the Texas attitude towards (not) providing and funding education and healthcare are significant contributors to this particular tragedy. As ye sow, so shall……….

    Do we believe that a properly trained and well-educated nurse would have turned Mr. Duncan away on his first visit to the hospital? NO.

    I hope Wendy Davis continues to campaign vigorously for Medicaid expansion and improved educational opportunities. Surely at least some Texans may be ready for this message now. Cutting public prioriites to keep a few folks rich endangers all of us.

  13. October 8, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Ok, a little “squee” moment.

    I’m currently filling in on Storytime duty on Wednesdays at another library which is sans children’s librarian. After my second storytime one of my regular little ones came up to me and said: “Mr. LL? You’re my best friend.” That pretty much made my month.

    • 32 57andfemale
      October 8, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      That’s what it’s all about, LL.

      • October 8, 2014 at 3:47 pm

        AND, she had a new animal to chip in for “Old MacDonald’s Farm”: she switched from “sheep” to “pony”.

        • 34 57andfemale
          October 8, 2014 at 4:29 pm

          Awesome for words.

          A friend of mine retired two years ago from a grammar school where she was the librarian. Her “dreamer” of a husband screwed up his job, so they were without insurance and she went to work retail.

          She’d do anything to be back in that school library, where she helped mold these kids from first through eighth grade.

          We have a group that meets once a month – we’re all quilters. What does it say about me that 5 of the members are librarians?

  14. October 8, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    The Tweets are like a sore that does not heal…it does not heal because the scab keeps getting ripped off…….children are not born being racist…but it is the structural pillars of institutional racism that keeps reinfecting people….

    • 36 Vicki
      October 8, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      prettyfoot, I read and reread your passionate statements, the original posting and then the front page, and they move me so much.
      thank you.

      • October 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm

        hello Vickie…

        sometimes i am overwhelmed by it all…but you know what i think about…i think about Harriet Tubman…how she returned again and again to lead slaves out of slavery…her courage…her tenacity …cannot be overstated….

  15. October 8, 2014 at 3:26 pm

  16. October 8, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    • 43 Nena20409
      October 8, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      So why Stay in ID and Lifts Stay in NV?

      Prejudicial? Confused Justice Kennedy?

      • October 8, 2014 at 3:44 pm

        That doesn’t make any sense, no. But let’s see what happens in the next few hours.

      • 45 57andfemale
        October 8, 2014 at 4:33 pm

        I think it had to do with which state was appealing and asking for emergency stay. the original decision first ordered a 7-day stay for appeals, but then rescinded that within a few orders, allowing marriages to happen immediately.

        They only have until tomorrow at 5:00 anyway.

  17. October 8, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    • 48 Nena20409
      October 8, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      Seriously Kenyan, Marxist, Muslin/m Obama……you are Failing America and Capitalism.
      IMPEACH, Now!

  18. 49 Linda
    October 8, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Shelley Moore Capito Says Climate Is Changing Because It’s ‘Raining’ Outside


  19. 50 JER
    October 8, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Crowd growing to see VP Biden in Portland, OR

    Source: @lisabKOIN

  20. 51 Nena20409
    October 8, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Please, those who tweet……send this to Tweety on MSNBC

  21. 55 Nena20409
    October 8, 2014 at 3:47 pm

  22. October 8, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I haven’t seen Anniebella in the village for a few days. Has anyone seen any comments from her recently?

  23. 62 yardarm756
    October 8, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    And we still don’t have a Surgeon General……Who’s at fault?……..Obama did it!(snark)

  24. 63 Nena20409
    October 8, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    In Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

    They banned people from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

  25. 64 Nena20409
    October 8, 2014 at 3:52 pm

  26. 65 57andfemale
    October 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm

  27. 66 Nena20409
    October 8, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    24hrs ago:

  28. 70 57andfemale
    October 8, 2014 at 4:06 pm

  29. 71 Nena20409
    October 8, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Sorry for My obsession with SD…..but i looks like some in DC are now paying attention.

  30. 75 Nena20409
    October 8, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    😆 🙄 😆

    When you are explaining, You are freaking losing.

    • 76 Linda
      October 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      I watched that entire show……I disagree Sam Harris and Bill Maher but I have to say …. Ben Affleck has a foul mouth and appeared unhinged the entire show……

      • 77 Nena20409
        October 8, 2014 at 4:26 pm

        I watched the show too. BenF isn’t my cup of tea.
        Makes one wonder if he is that animated at home.

      • 78 dotster3
        October 8, 2014 at 5:10 pm

        I felt real sorry for his wife, Jennifer Garner, after watching that show. Affleck seemed unhinged, super tense, ready to blow up at any minute the entire show. An unreasonable bully, his way or the highway. He might be a real tough one to have to live with.

      • 79 57andfemale
        October 8, 2014 at 5:24 pm

        Ben Affleck reads too much of his own press releases – I think he’s an intellectual lightweight. His heart is in the right place, but he really can’t intellectually compete. I’m not talking about this last demonstration – it’s what I’ve seen repeatedly. He is always interjecting himself forcefully on Real Time panels, regardless of the intellectual heft of who he’s yelling at.

        And frankly, I never got his success as an actor. From that first movie that every praised – The Mullens or Mulligans or something like that. He really can’t act.

        Can anyone tell me when he has truly inhabited a character and moved you emotionally?

    • 80 57andfemale
      October 8, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Why did he have to go there, days after the fact? They were all strident if you ask me.

      • 81 Linda
        October 8, 2014 at 4:41 pm

        Maybe because Maher is off this week so they will rerun that show…..Harris wants the controversy to keep going ?

        • 82 57andfemale
          October 8, 2014 at 4:57 pm

          I had a little more respect for Harris until this cheap shot. Doesn’t matter who I agree with – that was just petty and ironically, Greenwald-esque. I thought all of them were espousing extreme views. I would have liked to have heard more about the influence of the many Muslims who are “conservative” as a driving foce, but Affleck was screaming. And on the other hand, I have trouble condemning an entire people with one broad stroke.

          Now, the more I find myself living in a country and a world where theocracy is rising, I agree with Harris: to believe these ancient texts as literally true is madness. But there is still a place for religious community and identity in a complex world.

          I am equally offended by conservatives lumping all Muslims together as evil, as I am by Amy Goodman calling drone strikes “assassinations” because in her (equally) delusional view, all Muslims are innocent.

          I want “gray” back in my politics and discourse, don’t you?

  31. 83 Nena20409
    October 8, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    TeaNN is at it once again…..

  32. 89 FoxfireTX
    October 8, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Don’t know if this has been posted, but another great piece in Rolling Stone in addition to the one by Krugman:

    “The Obama Hope and Change Index: 6 Years of Progress, By the Numbers

    55 figures that prove President Obama has accomplished more than you may realize”


  33. October 8, 2014 at 4:42 pm

  34. 96 57andfemale
    October 8, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    • October 8, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      I remember that. I was so glad PBO because all the economic forecast based on PBO’s policies and hard work predicted that NO MATTER WHAT Rmoney did if he did nothing drastic like cutting taxes or something more stupid, that the UE would drop below 6%. This also happened when Jimmy Carter was president but his economic policies made things better but because Raygun was elected they gave him the credit until he started cutting taxes on the wealthy. That’s why Raygun had to raise taxes eleven times or more.

  35. 98 JER
    October 8, 2014 at 5:06 pm

  36. 99 JER
    October 8, 2014 at 5:21 pm

  37. October 8, 2014 at 5:21 pm

  38. 101 vcprezofan2
    October 8, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Suzi LeVine (@AmbSuzi). US Ambassador to Switzerland & Liechtenstein

  39. 102 vcprezofan2
    October 8, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    On the road again – John Kerry: Oct 12-15

  40. 103 Nena20409
    October 8, 2014 at 5:35 pm

  41. October 8, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    I am Darren Wilson. The man with that sign on his back ought to be ashame of his self. If he is proud to be someone who gun down a 18 year old teenager, then you have to ask what kind of person is he?

  42. 109 JER
    October 8, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    LIVE NOW: Vice President Joe Biden to speak at the Oregon Convention Center – http://www.katu.com/news/live2

  43. 110 Sandy1110
    October 8, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Those tweets hit it on the head.

    I mentioned Paul Mooney in a thread a while back. He did a riff about the concept “Mad because we got away.” That’s what’s coming to the surface.

    I just re-watched Gone With The Wind last week. How many of these Neanderthal racists long for the “good old days” when they see it?

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