We discussed increasing censorship on Twitter and social media. The latest example is about 37-year-old Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors and her purchase of a $ 1.4 million home in a remote area of Los Angeles that is said to have a population of less than $ 2 % is black. The avowed Marxist received significant criticism for the purchase, including from Jason Whitlock, an African-American sports critic who has also criticized BLM. When Whitlock called Khan-Cullors, Twitter immediately censored the tweet, leaving a notice that it was “no longer available”.
Last week, cities like Dirt.com reported, “A remote mini-facility in LA’s rustic and semi-remote Topanga Canyon was recently sold to a corporate entity for just over $ 1.4 million, according to public records by Patrisse Khan is controlled by -Cullors, 37-year-old social justice visionary and co-founder of the galvanizing and, for some, controversial Black Lives Matter movement. “
It sparked a firestorm of critics who stated that Cullors has long insisted that she and her BLM co-founder “are trained Marxists. We are very familiar with ideological theories. “RedState’s Nick Arama pointed out:”[I]It’s interesting to note that the demographics of the area is only about 1.4% of black. So not exactly living up to her credo. “
Jason Whitlock posted a link to a story but was immediately censored by Twitter.
The controversy illustrates the age of internet censors. Tweets and in some cases Twitter accounts disappear without explanation. Twitter is known for not responding to media inquiries about such censorship and even less open about the decision-making process behind such decisions.
If Whitlock expressed his disdain for the purchase, that is the core political talk. Even the head of New York’s Black Lives Matter chapter is calling for an independent investigation into the organization’s finances following the controversy. The New York Post and other publications have reported that Cullors is keeping an eye on expensive properties in other locations, including the Bahamas, according to unknown sources.
It’s not clear if that money came from BLM, which has reportedly raised nearly $ 100 million in donations from corporations and other sources. She is married to Janaya Khan, a director of BLM in Toronto, and has published a bestselling memoir and follow-up. She also signed a lucrative contract with Warner Bros for the development and production of original programming on all platforms including broadcast, cable and streaming. She has also been featured in various magazines such as her most recent collaboration with Jane Fonda.
The problem for me is not the house or alleged hypocrisy. It’s Twitter’s censorship of such criticism. Cullors is a public figure who is subject to public scrutiny and commentary. Twitter is replete with such criticism of the lifestyle choices made by characters on the right, ranging from Donald Trump Jr. to Rand Paul. This is an unfortunate aspect of being in a high visibility position. I would be equally concerned if criticism of Trump Jr.’s exploits in big game hunting or Giuliani’s lavish tastes were censored.
Whitlock is apparently a vocal critic of BLM, whom he has denounced as a fraud and even compared to the KKK. You don’t have to agree to such statements to support your right to speak freely without corporate censorship.
In fact, the biggest irony may not be buying a home through business support. As an avowed Marxist, Cullors has not only been well paid by companies like Warner, but is also actively protected by companies like Twitter. When it comes to freedom of expression, I support both of them. The question is whether they both have an equal chance to speak on platforms like Twitter.