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While there may be plenty of negative issues with Twitter, the platform has provided me and many others with the opportunity to learn and grow at little cost.

Our education system is elitist, expensive and unequal. It’s also racially and gender-biased. I have learned so much on Twitter about history from a non-white and non-male perspective. I have learned about trans rights, LGBTQ history, African diasporic spiritual systems, critical theory and black queer culture on the platform. Open source education and social media have both given us a way to share knowledge with each other for cheap or free. It is not necessarily a replacement for college, but as far as politics, sociology, womanism, entertainment, networking and psychology are concerned, Twitter contains a wealth of information. I have learned more on Twitter in the past 8 months than I did in the previous two years on Facebook. Because most things on Twitter are public it gives you access to business,  influencers and celebrities in a way that is more conducive to flow and opportunity than Facebook. Information and conversation on Twitter is in perpetual flux and one good retweet can get your writing or whatever else seen by hundreds of thousands of people. It is relatively easy to build a solid audience with consistency of quality and branding.

In every action I take I am teaching my son not only about his own freedom, but mine as a Black woman and mother-artist and sex worker, because these are my intersections.

Many people have asked – both out of curiosity and vindictiveness – what I will tell my son when he is older about who I am and what I do. I rarely consider this because it is my intention that my son know me as a whole person throughout his life. There will be few major revelations on his end as far as my work goes, because I am very open about it. I am very genuine and outspoken and age-appropriately honest. Sometimes I do wonder what I would do or how I should react if my son expresses shame because his mama was or is a sex worker? I hope that I am raising my son well enough that he could be open with me about his feelings. I hope that the men I have allowed into my life will not inadvertently pollute his mind with sexist ideals about who his mother should be or what she should be doing. I hope that because I am allowing my son to be his whole self – in a way that I never was allowed – he will recognize that I am doing the same. My self-expression is very important to my parenting. In every action I take I am teaching my son not only about his own freedom, but mine as a Black woman and mother-artist and sex worker, because these are my intersections. These are part of my identity, as well as being bisexual, demisexual and an assault/abuse survivor. I want my son to see women like me as entire humans. I also want him to know that I am not as unique and atypical as I seem.

Prioritizing Ethnic Studies in our education curriculum is an essential step toward decolonizing and rectifying an education system that for too long has refused to serve the needs of people of color.

Next year is the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Third World Liberation Front Strikes, the longest-running student-led strikes in the history of the United States. These strikes, which were begun by working class students of color at San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley,, marked the first time that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students demanded an education that actually reflected their own histories–as told from their own perspectives. Before this time, few if any schools offered courses that featured the histories and cultures of BIPOC in the United States. If BIPOC people or histories were mentioned at all, they were usually taught from the perspective of a mainstream, Eurocentric curriculum–meaning that BIPOC were mentioned as an aside, or as marginal characters in a larger historical narrative that centered on white people and their histories. For much of U.S. history, for example, basic knowledge of Greek and Latin was a general admissions requirement at major universitiesa blatant example of racist policies at work in the public education system that explicitly worked to the disadvantage of students of color. Explicitly or implicitly, women and students of color were also barred from entering the university at all.

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