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Mekka *My Mask Protects You* Okereke
Building digital ecosystems at Google, but opinions my own. Black Lives Matter
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Mekka *My Mask Protects You* Okereke 15m
Replying to @mekkaokereke
And I'm not talking conspiracy theories, conjecture, or innuendo. I'm talking convictions in federal court, signed confessions, trails of evidence. And nothing happened. And he knows that if the election is fair, he probably loses. Given that, honestly, why would he play fair?
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Mekka *My Mask Protects You* Okereke 27m
Replying to @mekkaokereke
This isn't a rhetorical or hypothetical question. I honestly want to know what makes folk think that this time will be different. There's even more at stake, and less risk for him. He's not some master strategist. He's broadcasting what he's doing, real time as he's doing it.
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Mekka *My Mask Protects You* Okereke 33m
Free shots on goal! ⚽ Honest question: * If the orange one benefits from every election rule he's violated * And has not faced *any* accountability even when caught red handed * And when he wins elections, he can just pardon criminals who helped him Why would he play fair?
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Mekka *My Mask Protects You* Okereke 16h
Replying to @berezina
This is because you can't solve murders without the trust of the community, no matter what copaganda police procedurals try to tell us. 🤷🏿‍♂️ Also ironic: solving murders of Black kids, is one of the only things Black communities want cops to do. But they're *really* bad at it!
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Mekka *My Mask Protects You* Okereke 16h
Replying to @berezina
The best part is that they don't complicate each other's narrative. They're two sides of the same coin. Reducing police brutality, increases the murder clearance rate, which reduces homicides. Increasing police brutality, decreases clearance rate, which increases homicides.
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Mekka *My Mask Protects You* Okereke 17h
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Mekka *My Mask Protects You* Okereke 17h
Replying to @mekkaokereke
Look at the team! A writer. A researcher. A data fluent developer. A graphics and visualization expert. Gender balanced. Racially diverse. All skilled journalists. The story grows richer as more data becomes available. It's not dead words, frozen at some arbitrary publish time.
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Mekka *My Mask Protects You* Okereke 18h
*this* is journalism. Not T*m C*tton Op-Eds. Not Nazi puff pieces. Not copaganda and mugshots of Black victims. Not refusal to cover peaceful protests, but flying into town as soon as Braeden throws his skateboard through a Hollister store window to cover the "Antifa Armageddon."
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Mekka *My Mask Protects You* Okereke retweeted
🇬🇾disobedient . out of order Black Gorgon 🗽 18h
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Mekka *My Mask Protects You* Okereke 18h
Replying to @RaiNotWheat
🤦🏿‍♂️Yes here in the United States. In the US, media is owned by oligarchs (yay capitalism). Politicians are mostly chosen by oligarchs (yay campaign finance). The US distinction between public and private isn't real. This convo is not enjoyable, and is derailing my point. ✌🏿
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Mekka *My Mask Protects You* Okereke 18h
Replying to @RaiNotWheat
You're not understanding my point. Public vs private is not an important distinction. I'm talking about the system, as oppose to the individuals. For Black folk, the system fails. And journalism exists outside of public policy? Ha! I wish. Counterpoint: BBC, RT, Xinhua, FOX, etc
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Mekka *My Mask Protects You* Okereke 20h
Comment I left back in March, calling the overall fatality rate. Post saying masks work, but US folk are too selfish. I'm sticking by my guess for overall excess mortality in the USA over the next 24 months: 1.6 million people.😢 We could stop this at any time. But we won't.
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Mekka *My Mask Protects You* Okereke 21h
Replying to @mekkaokereke
Snark aside, any conversation about the future of college athlete compensation that isn't centered on the voices of college athletes, is invalid. Do not grant the org that's been exploiting these kids, an anti-trust exemption. This should all be immediately obvious to everyone.
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Mekka *My Mask Protects You* Okereke 22h
Replying to @mekkaokereke
This is so inspirational! Like everyone's favorite noble savage movie Amistad! We learn that these brutes have emotions and can talk! And can learn English! Such a powerful scene! It shows long ago racism: talking about Black folk instead of to them. We're not like that anymore!
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Mekka *My Mask Protects You* Okereke 22h
Replying to @RaiNotWheat
👨🏿Policing has never worked well for Black folk. 👩🏾I agree that policing needs a major facelift, and we need more officers of color, but there have been good Black police officers that revolutionized our understanding of policing in pretty important ways. Systems vs people.
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Mekka *My Mask Protects You* Okereke 22h
🤯 WHOA! Black college athletes can talk?! And write? No way! Did y'all know this? I always thought they were just mute sports animals! 🤔 Then... why has the debate about college athlete exploitation been happening between rich white men and women, in rooms with no Black folk?
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Mekka *My Mask Protects You* Okereke Aug 2
Replying to @RaiNotWheat
Unfortunately, journalists aren't journalism. Good journalists get their stories killed, titles changed, and are eventually laid off, by journalism. One or two real journalists can't fight the tide of harm. I wish they could.
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Mekka *My Mask Protects You* Okereke Aug 1
Replying to @mekkaokereke
How can it entertain when it produces content that's not relatable to most of the world's people? When it speaks from the position of a tiny minority of the world's people? Before we talk about business models, let's talk about the core product of the news. Is it good?
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Mekka *My Mask Protects You* Okereke Aug 1
Replying to @mekkaokereke
Journalism can entertain. It can also inform and hold accountable. How can it inform and hold accountable when it mostly ignores the ongoing largest civil rights protests of a generation? How can it hold accountable when it doesn't follow up on abuses of power?
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Mekka *My Mask Protects You* Okereke Aug 1
This is why I don't take all the "journalism saves us from tyranny!" nonsense seriously. Journalism has never worked effectively for Black folk. 🤷🏿‍♂️ It hurt seeing journalists go right from being brutalized by cops, to being on air parroting the same lies about who's escalating.
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