Hate and Love: Top Five @Twitter blocks and Top Ten Follows

We’ve all heard about celebrities blocking Twitter followers and fans because they cross the line— they bully, they stalk and other types of gross malfeasance (sometimes funny —> warning NSFW). I assure you that I am not guilty of any these activities (stalking, bullying and malfeasance) towards the following five folks that have blocked my tweets. So, I will propose what I suspect was the reason that I drew their ire. After I discuss the five Twitter blocks, I will then discuss my ten favorite Twitter follows.

5. Howard Fuller, Infamous purveyor of school privatization with billionaires’ funds


I suspect the block could be the result of the Cloaking Inequity post The Teat: @ntlBAEO, Choice, $, and Strings Attached? This post discusses from who Fuller has taken money from over the years— which may muddy his stated motivations? Or more likely it was our recent conversation on New Orleans radio about school choice that inspired the tweet block.

Fuller feigned multiple times in our recent conversation that he’d “like to sit down and talk.” The tweet block seems like the opposite of that sentiment.

4. Steve Perry, Pundit and charter school operator (with and without Puff Daddy)

I suspect Perry was not pleased when I critiqued his school choice rhetoric at the 2016 Urban League Convention. The entire discussion below.

Often Perry does not face weighty alternative perspectives when he appears in the media— on this day I just couldn’t just let his constant misinformation slide.

3. Melinda D. Anderson, Honestly, I’m not sure who this is

2. Brittany Packnett, Teach For America alum and (I don’t know what she’s doing, I’m blocked)

I suspect her block came from a 1,000 tweet Twitter storm directed at me by TFA alums when I tweeted a comment about an article written by Michelle Malkin, a FoxNews contributor. During that tweet storm, Brittany directed several tweets at me expressing that I had sided with Malkin. She said,

Is that all you have to say abt her using ur words to attack PoC and Ferguson? Genuinely curious.

I detailed the disagreement with the TFA supporters and rewrote Malkin’s article in the post Rewriting @MichelleMalkin’s bodyslam of Teach For America

1. Deray Mckesson, Teach For America alum and recent candidate for Baltimore mayor (2% of the vote)

I’ve never written about Deray. Although I did read his education platform during his mayoral run. I made the following comment about the platform in a In These Times article,

The language in his section on education is typical of school privatization advocates, according to Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig, a professor of education at California State University at Sacremento who has written extensively about Teach For America on his website, Cloaking Inequity.

“Most of it is pretty consistent with what TFA says on a daily basis,” he told me.

There are probably more Twitter blocks, but these are just the ones that were easily found. Now for the Twitter follows that I find either particularly intriguing or that I feel thankful that they engage with our social justice work on Twitter.

10. Tied: Randi Weingarten, AFT President and Lily Eskelsen, NEA President.

For including these two important and powerful women, I’ll probably take flack from everybody. I think it’s cool that Randi runs her own Twitter account. I’m always honored when she retweets. I first met Lily on the set of the Melissa Harris-Perry show in 2012. I admit I’ve been a big fan of her ever since.

9. Chuck D, Rapper

I grew up on Public Enemy’s political hip hop. Their art has defined a part of who I am. In fact, Cloaking Inequity’s masthead quote “Say it like it really is” is from Chuck D.

8. Soledad O’Brien, Journalist.

She started following my Twitter this week. I deeply admire her work. I’ve been a fan of Soledad ever since her producer called to talk about education for her Black in America series when I was on faculty at the University of Texas at Austin.

6. Tied: Campbell Brown, Journalist and Elisa Villanueva Beard, Teach For America CEO

We don’t agree on much, but I respect that these two important and powerful women follow my Twitter. I’ve had lunch with EVB, she was very pleasant and earnest.

5. Rose D’Angelo, my former student

May she rest in peace.

4. NPR’s Latino USA, Peabody award winning show

Latino USA episode 713 in 2007 was my very first opportunity to contribute in the national media. Love the show.

3. Diane Ravitch, Professor and mentor


I first started communicating with Diane when I emailed her our Harvard Education Review paper Illusion of Inclusion on Texas social studies standards. I probably hear from Diane online about 20-30 times a week. Her productivity inspires me to be better everyday.

2. Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor and my dissertation advisor/mentor

Many people lobbied LDH to join Twitter! It finally happened. There really aren’t words that I can muster to describe how important LDH has been in my life.

1. The University of Michigan,  〽️#GoBlue

My top follow! I was born to be a Wolverine. I feel so honored to be one of 900 people in the world that my alma mater follows. Beat Hawaii tomorrow!

Now if someone could just convince Eva Longoria to give my Twitter a chance. 🙂 Thank you for for letting me share some of my more personal feelings today and for reading Cloaking Inequity. Check out my Twitter: @ProfessorJVH

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  • This love/hate post was such a good idea!! 1) I’ve been blocked by two people that confused me. What a great way to continue the conversation. 2) Learning about your favorites and your “enemies” (please allow for a lack of a better word) was a quick way to learn more about and your beliefs. 3) As a person still holding on to the potential promise of charter schools (I’m a former founder/operator) while at the same time being a supporter of teacher unions and local school boards, I learned a little more about me and my relationship with some of the people on your list. Your piece was funny, honest, and frankly quite necessary. Thanks for sharing!!


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