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A Woman Is Being Harassed On Twitter For Her Thread On 9/11 And Black...
After her tweet went viral, the threading feature disappeared, removing necessary context and leaving Elexus Jionde open to a torrent of harassment.
By Rossalyn Warren, Charlie Warzel

“When the tweet went viral (50,000 retweets in less than 24 hours), Jionde decided to add to it, detailing key parts of black history in the US. Her goal was to highlight periods of racism and injustice that she believed should be remembered in the same way as 9/11. To give the tweetstorm continuity — and to make her tweets easily discoverable — Jionde threaded them together by replying to each tweet as she published it.”

“Once the first tweet became disembodied from the rest, the harassment poured in,” Jionde told BuzzFeed News. “I’ve received death threats, racist jokes, and a lot of tweets regarding my future children having cancer. That [first] tweet has since gone viral, and without the 40+ tweets accompanying it, there are people in my mentions telling me that I’m a disgrace to my race and country for saying 9/11 only killed white people, when that isn’t what I said at all.”

…“Amid the abuse, Jionde has amassed a number of supporters who argue that the removal of the thread from her tweetstorm encouraged harassment.“

You are a poem trapped in a body, the most beautiful poem of all. The storms you create in your head are beautiful, but you forget because you’re so afraid of getting struck by lightning. Let the rain wash away all the blood they have tainted you with. Wash off all the dirt and find yourself, darling. You are a poem.

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