In the week of America’s Independence Day, the algorithms of Facebook decided that the Declaration of Independence was hate speech.
The Liberty County Vindicator, a community newspaper between Houston and Beaumont, had been posting the whole declaration in small daily chunks for nine days on its Facebook page in the run-up to July 4. But the 10th excerpt was not posted Monday as scheduled, and the paper said it received an automated notice saying the post “goes against our standards on hate speech.” …
The offending passage?
It was part of the document’s “Bill of Particulars” against Britain’s King George III: “He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”
Mr. Stinnett dryly replied in an article about the rejection, “Perhaps had Thomas Jefferson written it as ‘Native Americans at a challenging stage of cultural development’ that would have been better. Unfortunately, Jefferson, like most British colonists of his day, did not hold an entirely friendly view of Native Americans.”
We could call it the Stinnett Strategy. Use code words to fool the automated censors! That’s not KKK burning a cross on a black miscegenator’s front lawn, it’s omnicolored flower children performing a neopagan purity ritual hosted by an officially vibrant twosome. If the computer says it’s okay then there can’t be a problem!
We could call it that but shouldn’t because it’s the same thing as propaganda and meme wars. Humans have been doing it since Cain asked God if he’s a brother-keeper.
Meanwhile, that Particular seems ominously relevant to modern life. The government is inflaming ‘domestic insurrection’ by sowing every form of division imaginable among the people and has endeavored to visit upon us Indian, er, Latin American Savages such as MS-13, human traffickers and drug cartels. I mean, mandatory-tourism guides and pharma salesmen.