Popular social media activist and writer Son of Baldwin gets banned on Facebook over an anti-racist post that he believes Facebook thinks is racist. The post was about black people feeling a homogeneous guilt for negative actions done by other black people.
Son of Baldwin told Core Magazines that “All I have to say is that I hope Facebook and its administrators find a better way to delineate between hate speech and free speech, anti-bigotry and bigotry.”
The article titled “Dear Black Folk,” begins with the line; “Do NOT feel collectively responsible when an assailant is black.”
@SonofBaldwin reposted the article on Medium. “This is the sixth or seventh time this has happened to me though it is the first time they unpublished the Son of Baldwin page,” he says.
He mentioned that Facebook also “deleted another pro-black page, Kinfolk Kollective, earlier this week.”
One commenter on his Medium post pointed out that account bans are done by a person, not a machine, “so you likely got reported to a racist. The pro-violence racist, sexist, religionist baloney on FB usually gets a pass under an “offensive humour” exception…”
He believes that he was mass reported to Facebook by people who don’t like his message, which he says was addressed directly to black people as the title suggests; “Dear Black Folk.”
The ban also affects his personal page for 30 days and can be reinstated earlier if there is enough commotion by the Facebook community, suggested a Medium commenter.
Inspired by the work of authors and thinkers, particularly James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker, @sonofbaldwinfb won the 2014 Weblog Award for LGBT Blog, and is a “literary, sociopolitical, psychosexual, pop cultural” safe space for “exploring, critically, issues that matter to queer people of color and their allies.”
Other articles written by Son of Baldwin include the recent “In Defense of Black Women and Loving Black Children,” which is a sociopolitical commentary that analyses the idea that some black men have a misogynistic attitude toward black women and feel that way because they were beaten by their mothers as children – he reduces this argument to simple fallacy.
There’s a theory going around, he says, which says the reason “that black men hate black women— black male gangsta rappers in particular — (and) are so hostile toward black women is because black women beat their sons.”
I don’t “entertain this theory as having any validity whatsoever,” he says.
In the meantime @sonofbaldwinfb is up and running.