Facebook’s Complicity in the Silencing of Black Women

Facebook’s Complicity in the Silencing of Black Women

Let me tell you a little story about something I like to call #crackerbarrelgate. I’m on a road trip with my kids across the western half of this country. Travelling while black can be…..nervewracking. Not just the little micro-agressions, but the fears for safety.

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0 Responses to Facebook’s Complicity in the Silencing of Black Women

  1. Andy Dillon says:

    I never say Cracker Barrel without the aptly named dishonorific.

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  2. Cindy Brown says:

    They’ve long been on my shitlist over LGBT. No surprise at this (and NO surprise at the hate-filled replies).

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  3. I guess I have been behind the curve about Cracker Barrel. I will admit their motif does not inspire me to think about diversity.

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  4. I don’t get it. Is this Hispanic lady in Texas? I’m joking…

    So, I read this lady’s story and, while I am disgusted at how she was treated, it feels like she was fishing for something to “report.” A fan of this lady posted this reply:

    I love you Ijeoma, for forever and a day. And I agree with majority of what you have to say but that tweet was rude as hell. Yes, it’s just my opinion but still.

    The fan was a young, black woman. I happen to agree with her. Furthermore, the author saying things like, “… people like me were enslaved,” is confusing, as I imagine there were no Hispanic looking, light skinned black people yet. Lastly, I can see how people could get offended by this woman’s tweet. Slavery didn’t end because black people rose up and overthrew their oppressors, slavery ended because white people were willing to fight other white people for the freedom that all people deserve. Those whites that fought, and gave their lives, are seemingly ignored when tweets of this nature are posted. Worse, this woman is probably half white. End Opinion

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  5. Cindy Brown says:

    I can’t even begin to unpack your seriously racist comment. That’s so seriously so far off the mark it’s ridiculous.

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  6. Nicknamed Sin I’ll try to explain. Basically, she was terrified that someone would attack her, verbally or maybe even physically.

    Speaking as a white person, I don’t see how you can possibly call her tweet racist. It’s truth.

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  7. Coda:

    Where “racism” is a specific form of bigotry:

    It’s not bigotry when a disempowered person criticizes a privileged class.

    Bigotry is when a privileged person criticizes a disempowered person (or group).

    It’s not a symmetrical, reversible thing. There are things that it’s okay for disempowered people to say that it’s not okay for a privileged person to say.

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  8. Cindy Brown​ to whom are you speaking?

    Woozle Hypertwin​ I don’t recall expressing a need for anything to be explained, nevertheless, I enjoy the dialogue. I do, however, see how people could be offended. I also happen to agree with the opinion of this woman’s fan, which I quoted.

    I wonder, how does your second comment apply to a person who’s racial mix is both; disempowered and privileged?

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  9. Nicknamed Sin See Cindy’s reply to you for why it needed to be explained.

    In short, you had it very wrong.

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  10. Woozle Hypertwin​ I fail to understand what you mean by “it.” You stated that you believe the woman was actually terrified of the environment she got herself into, as though it was inadvertent. I suggested she purposely traveled there with the intent of finding something to report. I mentioned my confusion about how the woman suggested that people like her were enslaved because she is likely half white. I also mentioned understanding how people could have gotten offended, which had to do with how the woman characterized “white folk” as being people who may not let her leave. To that, I simply mentioned how “white folk” were the force behind the abolishment of slavery. The suggestion that my comment was “seriously racist” is absurd and emotionally based, thus irrational.

    If you are so inclined, please share with me what there is to get wrong?

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  11. Nicknamed Sin Okay, you’re trying to sealion me at this point. I can no longer believe that your questions are honest, which means this dialogue is over.

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  12. Rugger Ducky says:

    Nicknamed Sin I am a lesbian. If I went into a Cracker Barrel (which I have boycotted personally even longer than Chik Fil A (since 1995 on that one) and posted that I was wondering if my queer ass would be beaten down, would that make me heterophobic? Or simply aware of the actual history?

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  13. Rugger Ducky says:

    “white folks” were the force behind the abolishment of slavery.

    LOL now that is some whitewashed history.

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  14. Woozle Hypertwin I have no issues being at odds and I am comfortable walking away not having found any common ground. I was, however, being sincere. I ask because I’m curious of the answer, whether or not I agree, because exposure to opposition brings with it the opportunity to grow. This time around, it seems, failed to bear fruit. Perhaps, I failed at being tactful or perhaps you were never truly engaged. Either way, if by chance I offended you, or anyone else, I apologize.

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  15. Rugger Ducky you’ve missed the point entirely. I fear you don’t care to understand what I meant and I’m not very motivated to begin an attempt to better reconvey. Thanks for sharing your position and opinions.

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