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There is real damage being done to Black people on Facebook, and removing eight white supremacist groups while still allowing this racist abuse to go on is nothing more than performative allyship.

Following the display of white terrorism in Charlottesville, Virginia last month, many sites began to drop known white supremacist hate groups from their services. Facebook was among those entities. Over the years, I and many others have reported a number of white supremacist and white nationalist groups to Facebook. None of them were removed even though, per the “Dangerous Organizations” section of their Community Standards, these groups should not have had a place on the social media platform to begin with. But now, among public and passionate social critique of neo-Nazis and white supremacists, Facebook finally removed eight of them. Eight. There are over one hundred more. This feels very much like when Facebook hung a Black Lives Matter manner at its headquarters two years ago. Many people commended Zuckerberg for this display and took it as a sign of allyship with Black people, but some of us knew better. Almost immediately, the banner was defaced by its employees, because Facebook employs racists. These Public Displays of Allyship do absolutely nothing to help anyone, especially when Facebook is still fundamentally racist and anti-Black.
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While there may be plenty of negative issues with Twitter, the platform has provided me and many others with the opportunity to learn and grow at little cost.

Our education system is elitist, expensive and unequal. It’s also racially and gender-biased. I have learned so much on Twitter about history from a non-white and non-male perspective. I have learned about trans rights, LGBTQ history, African diasporic spiritual systems, critical theory and black queer culture on the platform. Open source education and social media have both given us a way to share knowledge with each other for cheap or free. It is not necessarily a replacement for college, but as far as politics, sociology, womanism, entertainment, networking and psychology are concerned, Twitter contains a wealth of information. I have learned more on Twitter in the past 8 months than I did in the previous two years on Facebook. Because most things on Twitter are public it gives you access to business,  influencers and celebrities in a way that is more conducive to flow and opportunity than Facebook. Information and conversation on Twitter is in perpetual flux and one good retweet can get your writing or whatever else seen by hundreds of thousands of people. It is relatively easy to build a solid audience with consistency of quality and branding.
Related: DID SOCIAL MEDIA FAIL PHILANDO CASTILE?

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