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Social Media Campaign: #WhyWeKneel

The #WhyWeKneel campaign is designed to take advantage of the momentum created by recent developments by steering the conversation away from the National Anthem and toward the injustices faced by communities of color. #WhyWeKneel will run for the entire first weekend of the NFL season and all posts should include the aforementioned hashtag. Followers are strongly urged to post one of the 11 graphics at kickoff (times below) when the lion’s share of Twitter activity will occur – helping to maximize our reach. The following kickoff times reflect each opportunity to amplify the graphics below: Thursday, 9/6 – 8:00 pm Sunday 9/9 – 1:00 pm (early games), 4:25 pm (afternoon games), 8:20 pm (night game) Monday 9/10 – 7:10 pm (early Monday Night Football), 10:15 pm (late Monday Night Football)   SAMPLE TWEETS: #WhyWeKneel: Because freedom of expression is an unalienable right afforded to ALL Americans by the Constitution. Protest is patriotic! #WhyWeKneel […]

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Facebook Is Reviewing its Policy on White Nationalism After Motherboard Investigation, Civil Rights Backlash

September 20, 2018

Motherboard

Facebook told Motherboard it’s currently reviewing its policies on white supremacy, white nationalism, and white separatism after a series of meetings with civil rights leaders, reporting by Motherboard on these policies, and a forceful letter from a civil rights group formed under the direction of President John F. Kennedy (The Lawyers’ Committee). Now, following that reporting, multiple leading civil rights groups and Black history scholars are calling for Facebook to change its stance, saying that separatism and nationalism are a thinly-veiled mask for white supremacy.

“The idea that they are making a distinction that is basically buying into what the white nationalists are trying to sell is deeply troubling,” Becky Monroe, the director of the Stop Hate Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, told Motherboard in a phone call.

Facebook to review policy that bans white supremacists but not white separatists or white nationalists

September 20, 2018

NY Daily News

Becky Monroe, the director of the Stop Hate Project at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, told the news site “making a distinction” amounts to “basically buying into what the white nationalists are trying to sell.” The Committee in response wrote Facebook a letter on Sept. 6, explaining that their policy on white nationalism is “misguided, inconsistent, and dangerous.” The group added such policies stand opposed to the core of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, which ruled the concept of racial segregation as inherently unequal.
“By attempting to distinguish white supremacy from white nationalism and white separatism, Facebook ignores centuries of history, legal precedent and expert scholarship that all establish that white nationalism and white separatism are white supremacy,” the letter reads.

Facebook Is Finally Reconsidering Allowing White Nationalist Content On Its Site

September 20, 2018

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“By attempting to distinguish white supremacy from white nationalism and white separatism, Facebook ignores centuries of history, legal precedent, and expert scholarship that all establish that white nationalism and white separatism are white supremacy,” reads a letter from the Stop Hate Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “Indeed, when we met with your company this summer, both our staff as well as the staff at Facebook, were unable to identify an example of white nationalism or white separatism that was not white supremacist.“
“The idea that they are making a distinction that is basically buying into what the white nationalists are trying to sell is deeply troubling,” noted Becky Monroe, the committee’s director. The committee was formed under President John F. Kennedy’s direction in order to make sure the gains of the civil rights movement weren’t erased.

Facebook Now Reportedly ‘Reviewing’ Its Distinction Between White Nationalism and White Supremacy

September 20, 2018

https://gizmodo.com/facebook-now-reportedly-reviewing-its-distinction-bet-1829192061

Civil rights groups like Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law wrote Facebook a letter on September 6 explaining that its policy on white nationalism was “misguided, inconsistent, and dangerous.” Now it appears that policy is being reviewed by Facebook.
Update, 2:28pm: Facebook just sent Gizmodo the following statement:
We regularly meet with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, as well as other groups, to maintain an open dialogue on a variety of issues, including our policies on hate speech. We’ve received a letter from the Lawyers’ Committee and are reviewing the specific policy referenced.

The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting in particular the inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities. The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar's leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity - work that continues to be vital today.

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