Even though Donald Trump is running around saying all kinds of things which could be considered ‘Hate Speech,’ Instagram seems to feel comfortable to police Black women when they say or post something especially for themselves.
According to HuffPost, after writer Rachel Cargle created a space on her IG a safe space for Black and Brown women to express their thoughts about the tragic killing of 18-year-old Nia Wilson, her post removed because IG thought it was ‘Hate Speech’ according to their community guidelines.
People of Color flipped.
What made IG react? This copy moved someone to report Cargle.
“The space under the post (commented, replies) is exclusively for women of color,” Cargle wrote. “Exclusively. No white women, no men.”
The space under the post (commented, replies) is exclusively for women of color. Exclusively. No white women, no men. • Hey sis, Are you okay? As we see another one of us being murdered to bleed out in the streets we can’t help by think: that could be me, that could be my daughter, at sister, my best friend. For me a heavy cloud gets heavier when my feed shows over and over again how unprotected, how uncared for we as black women are. As we do double the work for less than half of the benefit it can be a breathless existence of both trying to keep up as well as trying to survive. You okay sis? I get it if your not. At this moment I feel heavy and distant and numb. I feel angry and deflated and heartbroken. • I needed to give us this space to check in on each other. To allow the black women who are part of this community to be reminded that this work is for us, our selves, our babies, our legacies, our livelihoods. • So tell me in the comments how you’re feeling. Comment on each other’s post with love and affirmation. Please know you have a sister thinking of you, rooting for you, seeing your worth and fighting for it. • #youoksis?
Cargle told HuffPost via an email, “Instagram has a heavy track record of taking down posts by people of color in order to maintain the comfort and satisfaction of their white community,” and then added. “When black people report posts we get nowhere near the type of quick and efficient responses, in fact, we are often turned away saying that our concerns are not valid when we bring racist, problematic posts to their attention.”
The post was reinstated on Thursday, July 26 after the issue was reviewed.
I have yet to cry about all the aggression that has happened to me over the last 24 hours but this ripped my heart to shred and I am in tears. • Yesterday I created a post that was labeled as a safe space for black and brown women to come together to grieve and process what is happening. What Nias murder meant to us all. • There were hundreds of comments of black women being seen and heard by their peers, being loved and cared for by their sisters, being consoled and loved exactly as they needed it. • Someone reported the post as hate speech and instagram immediately took it down. • DO YOU SEE THIS? DO YOU SEE HOW NOT ONLY ARE WE KILLED IN THE STREETS WE ALSO ARE PUNISHED FOR GRIEVING. WE ARE NOT SEEN AS HUMAN, WE ARE NOT REGARDED AS BEING WHO LIVE AND BREATHE ANS FEEL AND ARE WORTHY OF EXISTENCE. WE ARE OPPRESSED, THEN WE ARE KILLED, THEN WE ARE SILENCED. 💔 • To my sister who came into that space with me to share and to hold each other I SAW you, you were HEARD and I’m sorry. Please know that I love you so very much. • I can’t stop crying.
After the back peddling Cargle’s post is still growing in popularity. Without being an IG model and showing off her goods, this safe space for Black and Brown women allows for vulnerability and voice, during a time when America definitely seeks silent or control the Black women’s voices.
“It happens every day where black women use our voice to speak on injustice, to express our experiences, to voice our concerns, or even just to state how we feel,” she said in the email. “Time and time again, white women decide that they don’t like hear about or coming to terms with the ways they are harming black women and instead of step up on solidarity they silence us, resting in their supremacy.”