Here’s the Twitter thread that took Charlottean viral

This thread on Twitter (NOTE: graphic content), posted in about two hours by Charlotte’s Elexus Jionde on Sept. 11 of last year, has drawn more than 400,000 total retweets since then, and replies that range from thanks to threats. It was also un-threaded for a time – which Twitter has said was accidental, not deliberate, though some have questioned that – meaning Twitter users didn’t see it as a sequence, which may have led to misunderstanding. It’s since been placed back into a sequenced thread.

Jionde, who got college tuition support from former Panther star Steve Smith Sr., designed the thread as a history lesson, but was surprised when it went viral.