Facebook recently updated its content policy to prohibit and remove groups promoting white nationalism and white supremacy. Among the Canadian pages removed and banned from the platform were Faith Goldy; an alt-right, anti-immigration political commentator with ties to neo-Nazis, who believes we are in the midst of a white genocide, Soldiers of Odin; an anti-immigration, anti-muslim vigilante group known for their terrorizing “street patrols”, and Kevin Goudrea; an actual neo-Nazi who has been endorsing hate-based violence since the 1980s. Many, if not all, of the banned groups are self proclaimed nationalists. These should be obvious, cut-and-dried examples of racist extremism, yet some people still disagree with the bans, citing an impending loss of “free speech” (see: Hate Speech). Facebook is a private company and as such is well within its rights to remove or censor any person or group they choose, which makes the free speech argument kind of invalid in and of itself. But the pushback does serve to highlight how prominent and mainstream the problem really is.
If you’ve heard about the migrant caravan, you might picture it being a big, scary, gang of criminals who are trying to violently storm the border and invade the United States. If you believe Donald Trump’s fear mongering and Republican vote baiting, that’s definitely what you’re picturing.
White people really seem to be struggling with the concept that some things just aren't meant for us. We want to put our hair in cornrows, we want to paint our faces black for our Kanye West Halloween costume, and for some reason, we really want to say the n-word. We don’t understand why our black friends get to say it and we don’t. We don’t understand why we can’t sing along to it. We don’t understand why it’s so problematic. I can’t speak on behalf of black people, but from one white person to another, let me lay it out for you.