#InTheseTweets | Twenty-Eighth Edition

Donney Rose
Aug 19, 2020 - 3:19

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In These Tweets is a weekly cultural dive into trending topics on Twitter. A collection of snapshot analyses on a variety of moments impacting our world. Sometimes serious, sometimes light, always substantive. We outchea, #InTheseTweets.

BLM Chicago has a direct message for Democrats who want to position themselves as allies in the fight for police accountability, but do not want to hear the clear demands that call for an abolition of the current system of policing. In a comment-shared retweet of @UgoOkere’s tweet regarding the DNC co-opting Black Lives Matter footage during the convention, @BLM Chicago tweeted:

“The same Democrats fighting our demands tooth and nail want to look like they’re with the movement…. We’re not your tokens #AbolishThePolice”

It has been the calling card of the Democratic Party over the last few years to use the imagery and voices of family members who lost loved ones to state-sanctioned violence, as a means of distancing their stance on police brutality from Republicans.

The thing is, many of the top establishment Democrats have no interest in a radical systemic reimagining of the American police. Activists are shouting “defund” and “abolish,” while moderate Dems are calling for “reform”. 

The difference in the tone and request of these calls for action could not be more separate than liberal and conservative itself. I mean hell, the first word in BLM Chicago’s Twitter bio is “Abolition!” so that says all that needs to be said about the difference in their agenda and the DNC.

According to the Texas Tribune over 10,000 people in the state of Texas have died from coronavirus and a large contributor to that number is based on insufficient testing. To put the COVID deaths for the state into perspective, countries such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Argentina and Germany all have fewer deaths (individually) than Texas. As a whole, the United States has roughly 175,000 coronavirus deaths, outpacing the second highest death total in a country (Brazil) by nearly 70,000 people.

Texas leadership has shown some of the most relaxed, nonchalant attitudes toward the pandemic of any state in the union. Their citizens have paid a grave toll on account of early inaction by the local government, and as one of a handful of states to have a death toll reach into the tens of thousands, it is disheartening to witness such a large and culturally diverse region be ravaged by this virus.

The Lone Star state’s leadership, much like many other state governments, have a lot to atone for.

The Los Angeles Times television critic Lorraine Ali recently wrote about why women’s rights, particularly stories around the Women’s Suffrage movement, have not accounted for more TV programming. Her piece begins imagining the rise of Kamala Harris making for a good made-for-TV drama, detailing Harris’ multi-ethnic heritage as the primer for a historical tale on the (potential) first woman of color to be vice president. The paragraph that immediately follows connects Harris’ ascension to the anniversary of American women gaining the right to vote.

Ali goes on further to explore the heroism and drama that punctuated the landmark moment of Women’s Suffrage, and how it is a narrative that would be potentially rich with engaging characters and plot twists.

Sounds like some producer needs to get to developing…

Pop juggernaut Taylor Swift is not too pleased with Donald Trump’s attempt at disrupting the USPS and shared her dismay with her nearly 87 million followers.

“Trump’s calculated dismantling of USPS proves one thing clearly: He’s WELL AWARE that we do not want him as our president,” Swift tweeted. “He’s chosen to blatantly cheat and put millions of Americans’ lives at risk in an effort to hold on to power.”

What Swift is alluding to here is what we have known about Trump all along, which is that among other things, he is incredibly thin-skinned. On top of being thin-skinned, he’s petty. On top of being petty, he’s a racist and nationalist. Above all,, he has lived a life rooted in immorality, one that does not take into account how the wins are gained, so long as the wins keep coming.

Here’s to him being on the receiving end of a hard, painful loss come November.

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