On September 20, 2016, police shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott, a Black man, in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina. I was supporting a friend who posted a favorable opinion about Mr. Scott. We believed he had been wrongfully killed by the police officer.
A White male I did not know, Josh Bennett, responded to my comments. He was on the other side of this issue. Initially, his opinion was civil and we respected his right to voice an opposing viewpoint.
After a couple of exchanges, Josh Bennett wrote in a follow up: “And unlike you so eager to believe everyone is a victim or a racist I will take the cops word over that of a scumbag criminal any day of the week.” [emphasis mine]
Calling a dead man a “scumbag criminal” crossed the line to me. Mr. Scott does not deserve to be characterized in this manner. Therefore, I responded:
“As neither you nor I were there, you [sic: your] RACIST attitude is glaring. Scumbag??? I’ve had enough of your uncivil attitude! Done!”
I ended my conversation with him. Although I saw a Facebook notification Josh had responded, I didn’t return to the page to check. My patience with this White male was exhausted.
While reading HuffingtonPost the next morning, I wanted to comment on the article. I discovered Facebook had blocked my account. Not only was I blocked on Facebook, I was unable to post on HuffingtonPost. I cannot use my Facebook Messenger service. I am blocked from all other functions as well. Facebook blocked me for 30 days. There is NO appeal process. Here is the notice from Facebook:
As we know, Facebook is staffed primarily by White males. Generally, young people are tolerant and disapproving of racist attitudes. Apparently, the person who reviewed this conversation isn’t that way. Facebook protected a Racist; and penalized the writer who was demanding more civil behavior.
Facebook is RACIST and I’m Leaving … I urge you to do the same.