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Facebook’s ‘Race-Blind Practices Around Hate Speech’ Came at ‘Expense of Black Users’

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Newly discovered documents show how tech giant Facebook’s attempt at being neutral came at the expense of minorities and people of color. The Washington Post reports “Facebook’s race-blind practices around hate speech came at the expense of Black users.”

Researchers at Facebook proposed “a fix to the biased algorithm” when they showed company executives an example of the kind of hate speech that was circulating on the social media platform. “

The Washington Post article writes that an incident occurred in which an actual post featuring an image of four female Democratic lawmakers known collectively as “The Squad.” The Post reports:

The poster, whose name was scrubbed out for privacy, referred to the women, two of whom are Muslim, as “swami rag heads.” A comment from another person used even more vulgar language, referring to the four women of color as “black c—s,” according to internal company documents exclusively obtained by The Washington Post.

The post represented the “worst of the worst” language on Facebook — the majority of it directed at minority groups, according to a two-year effort by a large team working across the company, the document said. The researchers urged executives to adopt an aggressive overhaul of its software system that would primarily remove only those hateful posts before any Facebook users could see them.

But Facebook’s leaders balked at the plan. According to two people familiar with the internal debate, top executives including Vice President for Global Public Policy Joel Kaplan feared the new system would tilt the scales by protecting some vulnerable groups over others. A policy executive prepared a document for Kaplan that raised the potential for backlash from “conservative partners,” according to the document. The people spoke to The Post on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal matters.

The previously unreported debate is an example of how Facebook’s decisions in the name of being neutral and race-blind in fact come at the expense of minorities and particularly people of color. Far from protecting Black and other minority users, Facebook executives wound up instituting half-measures after the “worst of the worst” project that left minorities more likely to encounter derogatory and racist language on the site, the people said.

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Black Lives Matter Is ‘Dreaming of a #BlackXmas’ by Boycotting all ‘White Companies’

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Christmas! It’s the most wonderful time of year when hatred is embraced to the core and bigotry comes alive. In doing so, Black Lives Matter is calling for an end to ‘White-supremacist-capitalism’ and declaring support for a ‘Black Xmas.’

In order to do so, all ‘white’ companies are to be boycotted. An official ‘Black Xmas’ website states “we’re dreaming of a #BlackXmas. That means no spending with white companies.” Little did we know, Black Xmas actually began on Black Friday, according to the website. It also runs until New Year’s Day.

It’s not just companies owned by whites, but the movement calls for supporters to boycott all white companies, organizations and banks for the entire holiday shopping season. The Daily Mail reports that BLM claims “white-supremacist-capitalism is complicit in the murder of Black people by police.”

Black Lives Matter has announced that the boycott is in its seventh year of supporting ‘Black Xmas.’ The holiday boycott reportedly began in 2014 as a response to the death of John Crawford, a black man who was fatally shot by police while shopping in an Ohio Walmart.

The group has given explicit directions on how to take part in Black Xmas: Build Black, Buy Black, and Bank Black because “white-supremacist-capitalism uses policing to protect profits and steal Black life.”

On Black Friday, the official Black Lives Matter’s Global Network Instagram account shared a post calling attention to the movement and to “support Black-led-Black-Serving organizations.” The post started a social media war, with anyone not supportive of the movement or who commented negatively, being called racist by supporters.

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Catholic University Hangs Painting Depicting George Floyd as Jesus Christ

Kelly Latimore’s painting, titled ‘Mama,’ evokes Michelangelo’s sculpture ‘La Pieta’

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Kelly Latimore's painting, titled 'Mama,' evokes Michelangelo's sculpture 'La Pieta'

The Catholic University of America has a new painting causing an uproar. The artwork depicts George Floyd as Jesus Christ. One student described the display as “heretical, blasphemous idolatry.”

“There’s a fine line between recognizing the innate dignity and righteousness of human beings that are made in the image of God and embracing brazen, progressive politics” student Blayne Clegg told Fox News.

The school said the painting was done by Kelly Latimore and is titled “Mama” which shows a mother mourning her son. It evokes Michelangelo’s sculpture “La Pieta” according to the school. Michelangelo’s work, however, depicts the virgin mother Mary holding Jesus Christ.

Two of the paintings hang in the campus. One in the law school and one in the campus ministry office. The artist has indicated his painting represents Jesus and George Floyd. Karna Lozoya, vice president for university communications told The Daily Signal “you can identify Jesus by the marks in the halo.”

Following The Daily Signal’s report on the paintings, the Catholic University chapter of Young Americans for Freedom started a petition to remove the paintings. One student who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retribution from the university’s administration stated “there are many students, faculty, and staff who are concerned about this, but there is nothing we can do.”

“The icon has no place at The Catholic University of America; it is blasphemous and an offense to the Catholic faith, but it is not surprising at all that it was put there. It is just another symptom of the liberalization and secularization of our campus” the student added, who lamented, “If we sound the alarm, we will be labeled racists.”

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