On the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, 22-year-old history student Elexus Jionde posted this tweet that immediately went viral.
White people cant ever let go of 9/11, a single day in our history, but want you to get over 300 years of racial oppression lol— elexus jionde (@Lexual__) September 11, 2016
More than just an inflammatory remark, it was the first in a series of tweets intended to educate people on America's racist legacy that is often ignored entirely, let alone remembered once a year.
so here, on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, is a thread of other American atrocities we shouldn't be forgetting about anytime soon— elexus jionde (@Lexual__) September 11, 2016
Here is a small sample of the 49 tweets posted that track America's history of racism and oppression starting from the abolition era up to the 1980's. It is an incredibly coherent and informative crash course in institutional racism, you can and should read the entire thread here.
The KKK began in 1865 as a social fraternity that terrorized freedpeople in ghost costumes pic.twitter.com/THmID1WI7D— elexus jionde (@Lexual__) September 11, 2016