This week, someone hacked my twitter account and sent out advertisements in my name extolling the virtues of working from home. It was pretty annoying, but I tweeted that I’d been hacked, deleted the ads, then changed my password. Hopefully that’s the end of it. But it made me think of something similar that happened to my great-grandmother over a century ago.
In between an editorial condemning separate but supposedly equal rail cars for blacks and a report that the annual Colored Methodist Episcopal conference had voted against admitting women, my great-grandmother, Josephine Burton published the following notice in the March 17, 1892 issue of the Southwestern Christian Advocate newspaper:
“-Miss Josephine Burton, of Ocean Springs, Miss., justly complains against certain persons who have been writing letters to this paper in her name.”
What was the offending party writing I wonder and attributing to my great-grandmother? Did Josephine ever figure out who co-opted her name? Did her no-nonsense declaration take care of the problem once and for all? I’d like to be that no-nonsense myself both in the virtual and three dimensional world. So, in the spirit of Josephine, I, Ms. Dionne Ford of Montclair, NJ justly complain against certain persons who have been tweeting in my name.