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Takedown 2.0: Activist amps up accusations of racism against blogger by comparing him to known bigot

Back at it: Activist Alicia Boyd, front right, amplified her claims of racism against local blogger Tim Thomas in announcing a march to protest the Q at Parkside author, along with Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, and Ditmas Parker Theresa Klein, who recently falsely reported a black boy for sexual harrassment.
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A firebrand anti-gentrification activist doubled down on her campaign to smear a Prospect-Lefferts Gardens blogger as a racist by organizing a new public protest against him — and the founder of a self-described gang with ties to white-supremacist organizations, as well as the white Ditmas Park woman recently scorned by Internet users for falsely reporting a black boy for sexual harassment.

Alicia Boyd, who recently used racially based accusations in a failed attempt to force citizen journalist Tim Thomas to shutter his blog “Q at Parkside,” on Wednesday announced a Nov. 3 march against “racism and white supremacy” targeted at the writer; “Proud Boys” founder Gavin McInnes, whose alt-right followers violently clashed with protesters after he appeared at a Manhattan Republican club last week; and Theresa Klein, the woman christened “Cornerstore Caroline” by netizens after video of her reporting the boy for allegedly “grabbing her a--” went viral.

And Thomas, believe it or not, supports Boyd’s First Amendment right to accuse him of any vile behavior she wants — he just wishes she’d pick better company for him, he said.

“It’s a little hard to see my face lumped in with that f----- scumbag,” Thomas said in reference to McInnes, whom the Southern Poverty Law Center calls a bigot, misogynist, and Islamophobe who incites violence. “But I don’t know what to say. I’ve been free with my opinions, she’s been free with hers.”

Boyd shared news of the march with members of her anti-gentrification group Movement to Protect the People weeks after she threatened to stage a similar protest targeting Thomas at an event hosted by his employer, which led him to temporarily shut his blog down and publicly apologize to the activist for his alleged racism in what he later admitted was a ruse to get her to call off the demonstration.

Thomas, who returned to posting on his website days after his pseudo surrender, and his lawyer subsequently met with the district attorney’s office about a potential blackmail case against Boyd, providing as evidence an e-mailed list of demands she forced him to comply with in order to stop her earlier protest.

And prosecutors have since indicated a willingness to pursue charges against Boyd, according to the blogger’s lawyer Joyce David, who declined to discuss the pair’s legal strategy in further detail, and noted her client hasn’t decided if he wants to press charges.

“We did meet with the DA,” David said. “It was a very productive meeting.”

The saga earned Thomas enormous support from his fellow Prospect-Lefferts Gardeners, many of whom left comments cheering him and decrying his rival’s cutthroat tactics on an invite-only Facebook group for neighborhood residents, David said.

And that support hasn’t gone unnoticed by Boyd, who in her e-mail announcing the upcoming march — which currently does not have a set location — accused the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and Ditmas Park Facebook groups of “fueling the fires of white supremacy” over the past five years amid an “influx of new white residents” to the areas.

David also floated the idea of organizing a counter protest to Boyd’s, during which she suggested locals could rally in defense of her client — but in opposition to McInnes and Klein, whom she called the real bad guys.

“We support the protest for the other two people,” the attorney said. “It’s very petty for Alicia to include Tim there, it diminishes the real issue.”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 8:15 am, October 25, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Bob Marvin from Prospect Lefferts Gardens says:
Boyd an "anti-gentrification activist"? I think not, no matter what she claims. IMO, if Boyd tried, she couldn't possibly be doing a better job at discrediting genuine opposition to gentrification and displacement and enabling out-of scale development that is going on all over PLG through "as of right" building, for which she does her best to hamper any attempt at regulation. She IS however doing a great job at making sure lower income people won't "spoil" her Air B&B business by daring to look down on her back yard from any new housing on Empire Blvd.
Oct. 24, 2018, 3:15 pm
Humphrey says:
She’s only doing it in retaliation for him pointing out that she steals money from her “charity”.
Oct. 24, 2018, 4:40 pm
Gargoyle from Newkirk Plaza says:
That "planet of the apes" comment smacks of Roseanne Barr's dog whistle. However, Empire Blvd desperately needs investment (call it "gentrification if you will). It's gritty and frumpy without the fizz.
Oct. 25, 2018, 1:31 am
George Chang from Chinatown says:
And no one is going to address Alicia Boyd’s racism against Asians? She’s the pot calling the kettle black.
Oct. 25, 2018, 4:16 am
Barb from Park Slope says:
Is Gargoyle from Newkirk Plaza implying that they cannot see the difference between Alicia Boyd and Valerie Jarrett?! Like they all look the same?? What a prejudiced comment!
Oct. 25, 2018, 6:41 am
Homey from Crooklyn says:
Apparently the woman suffers from mental illness
Oct. 25, 2018, 6:50 am
Eddie from Bay ridge says:
Does everyone become a racist if they disagree with you? The charge has little to no meaning when it is used that way.
Oct. 25, 2018, 8:41 am
Shalita from Clinton Hill says:
Alicia Boyd plays dirty. She plays the race card, the sexist card, the hate-the-police card. She has no morals. The house she now owns was bought with the winnings from suing her landlord. Did she accuse him of racism, sexism, pedophilia?
Oct. 25, 2018, 8:54 am
Mimi Chartruese from Brooklyn says:
Ironicly, she’s the one who thinks black and white people shouldn’t live together. She shares a lot of the same ideas as the proud boys. You could call her a proud girl.
Oct. 25, 2018, 1:29 pm
Charles from Bklyn says:
Sounds like both sides need to get together and talk about their concerns, differences and what is in the best interest of all residents. In the end, developers will decide the issue if the community does not come together.
Oct. 25, 2018, 4:10 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Unfortunately the corrupt baby boomer politicians haven't realized that simply pointing at someone and shouting "racist" doesn't work any more. People have the internet ya know, and easily go back and look things up.
Oct. 25, 2018, 4:28 pm
Nana from Prospect Lefferts Gardens says:
I wished Alicia would use her energy to bring positive change which the community at large would benefit from. Her toxic and negative energy does not benefit anyone, especially the community. Why do we give her so much attention? We are rewarding her bad behavior every time we write about her or get into an argument with her. I’ll bet you she’ll go away once people start to ignore her. Don’t take her on, allow her to speak and to continue ranting all she wants. She’s suffering from confirmation bias-she cannot perceive circumstances objectively. Therefore, we are wasting our time trying to make her see reason. She’s a prisoner of her own assumptions. We need so much: 1-Clean streets 2-Safe streets 3-Better schools 4-Better super markets 5-Working with PLGNA to beautify the front of these stores
Oct. 25, 2018, 7:59 pm
Gargoyle from Newkirk Plaza says:
Re-read, Barb. And think while you're at it.
Oct. 25, 2018, 9:24 pm
Racists OUT of Flatbush from Flatbush says:
Due to the recent rash of racist and Anti-Black incidents in Flatbush, Brooklyn several community organizations are calling for an emergency March against White Supremacy and Gentrification on Saturday, November 3rd at 12:00 pm. Location : TBA Endorsers In Formation : Bay Ridge for Social Justice Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) Bronxites for NYPD Accountability The Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network Equality for Flatbush Flowers Lovers Against Corruption (FLACC) The Law Office of Moira Meltzer Mi Casa No Es Su Casa: Illumination Against Gentrification Movement to Protect the People (MTOPP) Shut It Down - NYC Third Root Health Center To Endorse Contact : B4G@equalityforflatbush.org / 646 820-6039 To RSVP on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/events/256753668368886 Racists Out of Flatbush: March against White Supremacy and Gentrification Gentrification is the deliberate and permanent displacement of low-to-middle income residents by city government and the real estate industry in order to replace them with residents with more wealth. Since it is an empirical fact that neighborhoods of color are most targeted and impacted by gentrification globally, we believe at its core, gentrification is white supremacy. Gentrification in Flatbush has led to the closing of several long-time mom and pop businesses, having one of the highest eviction and foreclosures rates in Brooklyn, as well as the corporate rebranding of our neighborhood in an effort to erase the Caribbean and the migrant-of-color culture. We believe that fighting gentrification, racism, police violence, and white supremacy is a fight we all — long-time and new residents, communities of color and white communities, low-income to middle-class people — must be part of. This march is a community response to #CornerstoreCaroline (Theresa Klein), a white woman who called the NYPD after wrongfully accusing a Black child of sexual assault, and to Tim Thomas who defied Black Flatbush activists’ call to shut down his racist, anti-woman, pro-gentrification Q at Parkside blog for once and for all. Both these incidents came just days before the neo-fascist, pro-gentrification group, the “Proud Boys” rallied behind their founder, Gavin McInnes and assaulted anti-racist activists on the Upper East Side. “The Proud Boys” have had an active chapter in Brooklyn since 2016 and Gavin McInnes,is credited as “The father of Hipster Culture”. Over the past five years, with the influx of new white residents to Flatbush, we have witnessed the creation of new social media pages and blogs that have fueled the fires of white supremacy, pro-gentrification, and racist sentiments within our neighborhood. These include the “Prospect Lefferts Garden” and “Ditmas Park” groups on Facebook and Tim Thomas’s blog, “The Q at Parkside.” One example of divisive, racist sentiments is Tim Thomas’ description of Black residents fighting displacement and racism as, “the anti-gentrification forces, people who feel marginalized and fearful and angry, and I must point out, not just a few nutjobs. It’s a ‘movement,’ and right now they are rebels without a cause, looking for somewhere to place their anger.” Just like cities around the country, this racist sentiment by pro-gentrification forces in Flatbush has led to an increase in calls to the police and 311 against people of color, especially Black folks, for simply living their lives. Flatbush was already under police occupation, which has intensified due to gentrification. Since 2012, six unarmed, Black residents of Flatbush, East Flatbush and Crown Heights – Kimani Gray, Shantel Davis, Kyam Livingston, Davonte Pressley, Dwayne Jeune, and Saheed Vassell – have been shot and/or murdered by the NYPD. Hundreds more residents have experienced racial profiling and police brutality. In the era of Trump, we have seen the emboldenment of right-wing, reactionary forces that publicly express anti-migrant, anti-women, and anti-Black rhetoric, as well as the further weaponization of the NYPD against our communities all in the interest of making profits. Enough is enough! It is time to let the racist pro-gentrification forces know: Racists Out of Neighborhood & Flatbush is not for Sale! WE SAY RACISTS OUT OF FLATBUSH! WE SAY STOP THESE ACTS OF ANTI-BLACK RACISM! WE DEMAND an end to white supremacy that has taken root in our community. White supremacists cannot attack us in the streets or online and then live comfortably in our communities. WE DEMAND the racist blog, the Q at Parkside, be shut down permanently! Tweet at @Blogger demanding that this racist anti-woman pro-gentrification blog is shut down for good and comment on theqatparkside.blogspot.com . Let Tim Thomas know that his Anti-Black Racism will NO LONGER be tolerated: timothyjamesthomas@gmail.com WE DEMAND an end to the police occupation and criminalization of communities of color. Our children and families continue to suffer long-term trauma due the violence of racial profiling that only serves and protects gentrifiers. WE DEMAND that pro-gentrification electeds, NYPD officers, racist gentrifiers, landlords and developers be held accountable to our community. WE DEMAND respect for Black residents and ALL residents of color who call Flatbush home. We have shaped this community for generations, making it a world-renowned bastion of Black, Caribbean and Migrant culture. We like it the way it is and we demand to be treated with respect. Due to the recent rash of racist and Anti-Black incidents in Flatbush, Brooklyn several community organizations are calling for an emergency March against White Supremacy and Gentrification on Saturday, November 3rd at 12:00 pm. Location : TBA We believe that fighting gentrification, racism, police violence, and white supremacy is a fight we all – long-time and new residents, communities of color and white communities, low-income to middle-class people – must be a part of. We call on all anti-racist, anti-gentrification forces across Brooklyn and NYC to march in Flatbush against White Supremacy and Gentrification.
Oct. 26, 2018, 2:20 am
Boris from Borough Park says:
The racist rant from the ironically named Racists Out of Flatbush tells us everything we need to know about Boyd’s supporters. They are the vanguard of a racist, retrograde, mob fueled movement masquerading as a social justice group. They want white people out of “their” neighborhood. If they were white they would be in the Klan. That’s the bottom line.
Oct. 26, 2018, 6:21 am
Pablo xecisnto from Beooklyn says:
Tear down the wall , allow the caravan to the USA. Free college tuition for all immigrants , free medical and government food stamps for all immigrants and their dependents , immigration needs food also .
Oct. 26, 2018, 6:49 am
BunnynSunny from Clint On Hills says:
Boris, well said.
Oct. 26, 2018, 9 am
Bob Marvin from Prospect Lefferts Gardens says:
"Sounds like both sides need to get together and talk about their concerns, differences and what is in the best interest of all residents. In the end, developers will decide the issue if the community does not come together". That's generally good advise, BUT many (most?) PLG residents believe that, despite her claims, Boyd is in the pocket of big developers and is seeking to discredit effective opposition to over-development and gentrification. What do you do when one side appears to be acting in bad faith and seems to be acting against the best interest of all residents?
Oct. 26, 2018, 10:26 am
Bob from Ft Greene says:
Gavin McInnes is a name no one knew until a couple of weeks ago and no one heard of the Proud Boys either but Boyd throws him into her pot of boiling raxe hatred. She will use any means, trash any white she wants for her agenda which used to be against corrupt zonings and developers and has become corrupt itself.
Oct. 26, 2018, 11:40 am
PETER from park slope says:
This has gotten ridiculous. Tim might not be the best writer and does in fact contradicts himself and muddy his points often, but to march against him and the alt-right and a crazy lady in the bodega is so ludicrous it’s funny (as long as you are not Tim). People are desperate because of the growing economic gap in this country and it might get worse before it gets better. Black and white, binary thinking does nothing to help the problem, and is just a symptom of stress or/and mental illness. Stagnate = death.
Oct. 28, 2018, 12:27 pm
Cracker Family from East Flatbush says:
Hey Racists Out of Flatbush. Racist is not = to Caucasian. I’m white and bought a house in E Flatbush four years ago. No fancy cracker coffee shops here. No fancy cracker bars or restaurants here. I didn’t move here for that, I could have stayed on Franklin Ave for that but that’s not my thing. I moved here to live in a decent family oriented community. Close to transportation. I have great neighbors who have been very welcoming and kind to us. We party with them all summer long and help each other out like neighbors should. Of course there are white folk and black folk who aren’t as friendly as they could be but don’t lump us all into one group and call us racist because that’s in fact racist. This wasn’t always a black neighborhood nor a white neighborhood. It’s just a neighborhood.
Oct. 28, 2018, 5:49 pm

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