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Back online: Tim Thomas, far left, is back to posting on his blog Q at Parkside less than two weeks after he pledged to shut it down in the face of public protests against his alleged racism.
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A local blogger who recently promised to shut his website down in the face of a public protest over his alleged racism dropped that pledge and returned to posting on the site just days after he called it quits.

Prospect-Lefferts Gardens writer Tim Thomas abruptly announced the end of his “Q at Parkside” blog in an Oct. 5 post, in order to stop local anti-gentrification activist Alicia Boyd, a frequent target of the author’s criticism, from proclaiming him a racist at an event hosted by his employer two days later.

But the blogger in an Oct. 14 post claimed his vow to never again cover the neighborhood — along with Crown Heights, Ditmas Park, and Flatbush — was simply a ruse to distract his rival while he devised an iron-clad legal strategy to defend himself against Boyd’s smear campaign, and told this newspaper he has no problem filing a blackmail suit against her if she continues to intimidate him.

“I will absolutely press charges if she continues to harass me,” Thomas said. “Hopefully I’ve made it clear that I’m not going to just back down.”

Thomas claimed his attorney will meet with prosecutors in the District Attorney’s office to discuss a possible case against Boyd, after she publicly accused him of using the blog to publish racially motivated attacks against her and other black leaders, and threatened to disrupt the bash hosted by his workplace, performing-arts organization Bang on a Can, unless he acquiesced to a long list of demands that included shuttering the website.

Naturally, Boyd’s terms forbade Thomas from sharing the e-mail laying out the conditions he agreed to — and that document, which the blogger subsequently posted online in full, will now serve as Exhibit A in his possible blackmail suit against her, he said.

Other demands in Boyd’s e-mail included that Thomas apologize to black leaders, herself “especially,” and that he rescind previously published accusations that the activist performed illegal activities while campaigning on behalf of Crown Heights State Sen. Jesse Hamilton ahead of September’s primary election.

Boyd, who runs the anti-gentrification group Movement to Protect the People and a community-service organization New Directions in Healing, claimed Thomas used terms including “assoholics, frauds, lunatics, fools, and embarrassm­ents” to criticize black officials in 2014–15 posts on his blog, but could not provide more recent accounts of his alleged racism.

And Thomas copped to using that language in his Oct. 14 story, along with one published on Sept. 21, but also insisted he is not a racist, claiming in both posts that Boyd confused words he used to criticize her specifically as an attack on black people in general.

“I have criticized specific people for specific actions, and those people come in every hue and flavor,” the blogger wrote on Oct. 14. “But I have never, ever made statements attacking the black community.”

Boyd did not return a request for comment about Thomas’s revival of Q at Parkside.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 9:04 am, October 16, 2018
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Sparkle from Bay Ridge says:
Thomas cannot he permitted to use his white privilege to override the victim privilege of a black woman, which is by far the most powerful in the world. We must stand up for free speech and against hate speech by shouting down Thomas, screaming at at him that he has no right to be heard as a disgusting white man, over and over and over until his ears bleed and his white skin turns red with embarrassment and shame.
Oct. 15, 9:15 pm
Somebody from Somewhere says:
And these are your so-called progressive liberals at that.
Oct. 16, 1:07 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Oh, internet.
Oct. 16, 7:03 am
SCR from Realityville says:
Smash Ideological-purity,without regard to whether it is the Ideological-purity initiated by the Right-wing or the Left-wing. They are both equally evil Perhaps,for the sake of better government,we should just permit white-Hooded KKK members,neo Nazis;and black-Hooded Antifa(especially those,who advocate violence against police)-just beat the each other to a pulp?
Oct. 16, 8:40 am
Yuseff Hilton from PLG says:
Never read this guys blog, but blackmail, seriously? A group threaens to protest unless certain demands are met, wow that sounds like labor negotiation to me; who knew labor unions have been blackmailing employers all this time...
Oct. 16, 11:51 am
Michael says:
Very good for him not to be afraid or her threats and bullying tactics. She’s clearly acting this way because there’s truth behind his allegations. She’s the ultimate hypocrite- claiming to help a group while actually stealing from right under their noses. It takes a strong person to stand up when threatened. Hopefully he can prevent her from intimidating and blackmailing others.
Oct. 16, 12:41 pm
Zapata from Flatbush says:
Alicia Boyd is so full of it. It's all about her townhouse, and not wanting more development near there. She doesn't care about anyone other then herself. Her minions are sad folk who are easily manipulated. Glad someone is refusing to back down!
Oct. 16, 1:46 pm
Zapata from Flatbush says:
Also her "Community Service Organization" is basically a non-existent front for MTOPP.
Oct. 16, 1:47 pm
History says:
@Elizabeth - the Cherokee never lived in Flatbush, it was the now non-existent Canarsie/Pequot tribe
Oct. 16, 3:06 pm
Bob Marvin from Prospect Lefferts Gardens says:
Did someone actually refer to Boyd and her followers as "progressive liberals" ? Balderdash!
Oct. 16, 3:38 pm
Gargoyle from Newkirk Plaza says:
Thomas, come blog about soul numbingly dull Coney Island Avenue. It needs all the development it can attract.
Oct. 16, 10:44 pm
Pedro Henriques from Red Hook says:
Demolish ICE . Tear down the wall , food stamps for all immigrants , stop sending back illegals , free medical for all immigrants and their children and family .
Oct. 17, 12:05 am
Trump from Ivanka's gash says:
Not sure what's with all the anti-liberal hate since ya'll seem to enjoy the very liberal freedom of expression so much. Thomas doesn't sound like a racist and nimbies are not the same thing as liberals.
Oct. 17, 11:19 am
John from Brownsville says:
People talk alot of smack from behind their keyboards. Never see them on the street though. Even this Q person
Oct. 17, 3:57 pm
Honey says:
John - maybe that’s because you live in a different neighborhood? OMG - he didn’t personally present himself to you?!?! Big John from also behind the keyboard?! *surprised face*
Oct. 17, 6:11 pm
FlatLen from Flatbush says:
This reminds me of Communist show trials, when people were declared enemies of the people then persecuted and prosecuted until the admitted their crimes: harboring capitalist tendencies, as an example. Instead, his crime against the people (and I'm not sure she represents anyone here but herself) is that he is insufficiently politically correct. He isn't "woke" to his racism and sexism as an elitist gentrifier.
Oct. 18, 5:08 am

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