The political divide within America is certainly something to behold in this day and age, and not necessarily in a positive, “oh, hey look at our diversity” sort of way, either.
Instead, we are seeing an uptick in violence and discrimination the likes of which few of us alive have ever experienced, and certainly nothing like we’ve seen on our soil for some time. Experts and quacks alike are comparing our current whirlwind of vitriolic to that of the sentiments before the first American Civil War, with that idea not only being disseminated by the free press of the internet, but also by the corporately controlled megaliths of the mainstream media as well.
Of course, does anyone truly believe that we’re about to have a War Between The Aisles? Apparently Facebook does.
You see, the social media platform recently decided to flag one of our nation’s founding documents as “hate speech”, indicating that the peer to peer network has taken the side of the liberal extremists in a coming clash against American traditionalists.
The Liberty County Vindicator, a community newspaper between Houston and Beaumont, had been posting the whole declaration in small daily chunks for nine days on its Facebook page in the run-up to July 4. But the 10th excerpt was not posted Monday as scheduled, and the paper said it received an automated notice saying the post “goes against our standards on hate speech.”
Part of the standard notice, Vindicator managing editor Casey Stinnett wrote, included a warning that the newspaper could lose its Facebook account, on which it depends for much of its reach, if there were more violations.
The offending passage?
It was part of the document’s “Bill of Particulars” against Britain’s King George III: “He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”
Of course, the “Indian Savages” line was to blame here, but, for some reason, allowing prominent Black Lives Matter leaders to misrepresent a Frederick Douglas quote that included questionable language was totally fine over on Twitter:
Frederick Douglass was a prophet.
Every single word of this is as true today as it was over 150 years ago.
Read it all.
The 4th of July was always been a sham. Always. pic.twitter.com/eaU4tIj8RR
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) July 4, 2018
Similarly racist epithets, wholly opposed responses, with the only difference being the platform on which they are shared. Does this sound like Freedom of Speech to you? I don’t think so.
If Facebook wants to exert their censorship power over their platform, they need to admit that they are a publisher and take with that what comes. Otherwise, if you’re just a billboard on which we can deliver messages, let us do that unimpeded. Your politics aren’t my politics, Zuckerberg. Get over it.