Professor Tweets How to Pull Down What Some Think Is the Washington Monument, Twitter Isn't Bothered

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The Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol beyond, are seen, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in Washington, during a partial government shutdown. There is no end in sight to the partial government shutdown. President Donald Trump has vowed to hold the line on his budget demand, telling reporters during his visit to Iraq Wednesday that he’ll do “whatever it takes” to get money for border security. The White House and congressional Democrats have been talking but to little effect. Washington area national parks will remain open during the partial government shutdown, but without visitor center services. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

We’ve seen how suddenly Twitter has been flagging President Donald Trump’s tweets, even trying to characterize one tweet he made as glorifying violence.

He tweeted about how when looting starts, shooting starts, explaining later that he meant that looting leads to further violence and, at that time, citing the shootings that had occurred in Louisville. As we now see how true that is, the looting has now been followed by the riots, shootings, setting things on fire, and all kinds of violence, including the assassination of a police officer.

So here’s a question for Twitter. A lot of this is being organized on Twitter. They flag Trump making a random comment that isn’t encouraging anything, yet leave up actual encouragement to destruction.

So we present for your consideration — and that of Twitter — this thread from Sarah Parcak, who’s a professor of archaeology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and uses satellite imaging to help find ancient sites. So she’s been on a variety of programs — even earned an interview with the New York Times, during which she spoke about economic inequality.

But, no, she’s totally not talking about trying to take down the the obelisk monument in Birmingham.



Just in case it’s unclear her meaning:

But don’t mistake what she’s saying and get the wrong thing:


Uh huh.

Funny coincidence that they pulled down a Confederate monument in Birmingham last night and defaced the obelisk monument that was in Linn Park, but didn’t manage to pull that down.

But apparently Twitter doesn’t find all this advice problematic.

Many thought she was speaking about the Washington Monument.


No, you really can’t physically pull down the Washington Monument and she is likely talking about the Birmingham monument, although of course she’s really not encouraging that as she said.

But most were not on board.

But apparently this tutorial is just cool with Twitter.


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