The head honchos at Facebook decided to put their foot down and say no to white nationalists this week.
This mean they're essentially extending a ban on hate speech to prohibit the promotion and support of white nationalism and white separatism from their social media platform.
Personally, I'm 100% okay with that. Sorry, hardcore free speech advocates, but Facebook is a private company and they call the shots for their own website. If swastikas and David Duke op-eds are bad for their stock value and profit margins, then bye-bye Neo-Nazis.
All that being said... if white nationalism isn't okay, what about black nationalism? Are black supremacists really that different from white supremacists? No, they aren't. Racial nationalism is racism. It's just as simple as that.
But for some reason Facebook has decided to leave up pages promoting groups like the Black Hebrew Israelites, a motley crew of racist hatemongers who were recently thrust into the national spot light after the massive distribution of the Covington Catholic School boys' harassment video. Remember those guys? They're the "men" who were scene shouting ignorant and racially-charged statements at school kids while they waited for their bus to pick them up moments before being approached by Native American activist Nathan Phillips.
Some of their colorful language included threats about harvesting the children's organs and retaliation for colonialism.
Anti-white and anti-European content covers their public Facebook page at every turn. One meme posted by a subscriber says, "You see whites in judgement for all their lies-n-deception."
Another post argued that blacks should be able to take property from white people because Michael Jackson is currently being accused of rape by more than one person. That's not exactly a logical legal arguement, but that's the kinda people we're dealing with when we put a magnify lens on black nationalists.
There's no shortage of pages and content on Facebook that relate to the topic of promoting black nationalism. Take a look at the site and see for yourself.
And there's Louis Farrakahn. Where do we even start with this guy? The Black Islam leader from Chicago has a page filled with content like "The raw evil nature of white people exposed."
Links to YouTube videos with titles like, "white people are evil and I'm going to kill them" are easy to locate on the site with a minimal amount of effort.
So to the Facebook execs who are trying to purge the site of hate speech, I say - yes, go ahead and ban white supremacy. It's deplorable. Frankly, I'm kinda surprised white supremacy wasn't already banned from the site.
But why not ban all forms of racism and racial polarization from your site? After all, are we all not equal?
WASHINGTON, DC - Black Hebrew Israelites, who believe they are descendants of the ancient Israelites, protest against the present lawmakers in power on the Capitol Hill Plaza in Washington, DC on Tuesday November 13, 2018. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)