Last week, I posted an article from Medium titled “The 2010’s: The Decade Of Shitty White People” to my Facebook page, Resonant Muse. It was up for a couple of days, but I recently received notice that it went against FB’s “community standards” and that only admins can see it.
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.
We have a long way to go…