The Great Twitter Lockdown Of 2020, And What You Need To Know About White Fragility

OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.

Did you see the chaos on Twitter last night? There was a HUUUUUUUUUUUGE hack – whereby super high profile accounts like Barack Obama and Elon Musk and Mike Bloomberg and Jeff Bezos and dozens of others were hacked and then their accounts put out a tweet saying people should send them bitcoin. At least 300 people fell for it, sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to the hackers before Twitter caught on and then locked ALL verified accounts (including ours!) while they investigated. It was apparently a four hour attack, and Twitter hasn’t released many details about the source yet. You can read more details here.

Can you imagine if the hackers had more nefarious intentions other than just making a money dash?

Interestingly, the breach didn’t impact Trump’s account, at least until the temporary block of all verified accounts.

A lot of speculation was floating around that it could have been China, Russia, Iran, or North Korea, but according to the NYT, it was more likely some sort of “amateurish” person. Honestly, I have no idea how they can say that, but that’s according to their “sources.”

Anyway, verified accounts have had their access restored, it appears.

Meanwhile, last night, in one of the bulletin board/email list thingies I belong to full of incredibly smart people, I saw a link to the BEST WRITE-UP EVER on what to read INSTEAD of (or along with) that ridiculous book that everyone is talking about these days – White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo. You’ve probably had one of your well-intentioned, woke progressive friends tell you to read it by now. If you haven’t, consider yourself lucky that no one has told you, arrogantly, to “do the work.”

Anyway, this book may already be recommended by your kids’ schools, or already part of the curriculum. If it isn’t, it likely soon will be. And you need to know why it’s so dangerous. Read this link. Read it again. And the print out a copy for your middle school or high school aged kid to read. And then have them keep it on their desk for when they’re inevitably assigned White Fragility at school.

Also consider reading this link as well, written by a black man who finds White Fragility to be, well…racist.