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I changed my avatar to Huey Freeman.

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It used to be Nadya Tolokonnikova.


And before that it was Gloria Steinem.

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So why change to Huey now? I don't entirely know.

Many GTers thought I was a woman for a long time, and I'm sure my avatars had something to do with that. But I kept them around because I think Nadya and Gloria are badass. (I mean look at Nadya - her fist is literally obscuring than man's mouth.)

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But Huey's badass, too.

And he's actually very much like I was when I was his age. (It's funny, because my little brother is a lot like Riley).

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Even though I like Huey's scowl, I really don't want to come accross that way all of the time. I'm really a pretty happy person (now, not when I was his age). But I Googled "Huey Freeman smiling" and got nothing but scowls. Which is kind of the way it should be, if you know him.

Anyway, I try to keep it real on GT - I use my real name. I doxx myself constantly. I go out of my way to meet GTers in real life.

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And I've been on GT for over a year now. At this point, if my avatar rubs people the wrong way, or causes them to think differently about what I say - I really just have to own that. On the flip side, it might help my comments make more sense. Fundamentally, I'm not a white woman. I'm a black man concerned with social justice. And I still have a lot to learn. Like Huey.

And I'll probably change it again in the future.


Actually, I'm probably more like Thomas Dubois than I'd like to admit.

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Do people ever misperceive you because of your avatar?

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