Not only that, but after appealing, I also received notice that my posts from that page will not be shown in newsfeeds for a week. In addition, I am de-monetized (can’t place ads in the videos I post to FB) for a week as well.
All of this for an extremely well-written and accurate article that is about RACISTS and how they have dominated the American political landscape for the past 10 years. Apparently white fragility on FB is such that you can’t call white supremacists “shitty.” Perhaps the author of the article was remiss is not reminding readers that he’s not referring to ALL white people. He’s not talking about most of the good people who make up Middle America (many of whom are still, by the way, on the fence about whether they will vote for trump in 2020 or not, but I digress.)
It feels pointless to delve into the reasons why this suspension is bullshit, and why saying “Shitty White People” is not the same as if you referred to marginalized groups in the same way. People who don’t get it by now probably won’t and don’t want to. And if they really wanted to know, they could pick up a book or jump on Google for a while. And it just goes to show the ridiculous ways some people think racism/hate speech work.
So, earlier this year, comedian Michelle Wolf stirred things up by being brutally honest about the Trump administration. Needless to say, the man-baby squatting in our White House wasn’t happy, and it appears that the White House Correspondents’ Association has buckled. For the 2019 dinner, a historian will do the speaking (sounds thrilling.)
Upon hearing this news, this quote from John Lennon was the first thing that came to mind.
Back in July, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham made a gesture at the end of her Republican National Convention speech, which looked a lot like a Nazi salute. She understandably got a lot of backlash on social media, and although it definitely looked bad to me, I thought that it could have been an awkward wave or unintentional. Besides, would someone really have the nerve to do that on national television in America, representing one of the two major political parties? I thought there might be a chance that it was sort of accidental. Accusing someone of being a white-supremacist is a pretty heavy allegation, and it’s not something to be thrown around lightly.
However, after watching a recent video from The Atlantic which has surfaced, which shows white supremacists (I am refusing to use the passive euphemism “alt right”) offering up actual Nazi salutes and shouting “hail Trump!” at a conference in DC, any doubt that I had regarding Ingraham’s gesture has begun to fade. It simply looks like the exact same thing that Ingraham did, and there is no question as to the intention behind it, among the racists at that conference. There are plenty of people who deny that Ingraham was actually performing a Nazi salute, and they often provide still frames of other famous leaders mid-wave which appear to look the same as what Ingraham did. However, when you watch the video of her full gesture in context, it doesn’t look like just a coincidence.
How has the GOP come to this? I mean, full-blown white supremacists now? We have known there to be racists in the Republican party for years, but these days they aren’t even trying to hide it. Scary times, indeed.