Over the weekend a Pulitzer Prize writer for The New York Times retweeted a strange conspiracy tweet concerning the spate of fireworks blowing up on the streets of New York.
Nikole Hannah-Jones was the lead writer of the Times 1619 project, which framed many Sunday magazine stories through the lens of slavery to mark the 400th anniversary of slaves arriving in America.
Hannah-Jones tweeted out a thread from the account @SonofBaldwin, which proposed that the federal government was giving out the explosives to minority neighborhoods to desensitize “Black and Brown people” so that it sounds like a warzone, which is what it may soon be. (Please see the chain below that Hannah-Jones retweeted under Ida Bae Wells handle.)
The account Hannah-Jones tweeted out belongs to Robert Jones, Jr. an author.
Jones wrote that he and others “believe that this is part of a coordinated attack on the Black and brown communities by government forces; an attack meant to disorient and destabilize the #BlackLivesMatter movement.”
Jesse Singal, who is a New York Magazine contributing writer, took Hannah-Jones to task for spreading such fears.
Hannah-Jones deleted the tweet and closed the account soon after it gained traction. She has reopened the account.