My friends often wonder why I loathe Facebook. Aside from the near-constant vanity and narcissism which so many members of my generation are so committed to displaying, Facebook serves not merely as an annoyance, but a threat to the dissemination of ideas and beliefs.
Though other social media outlets have their niches, Facebook is nearly the only game in town for comprehensive social media activity. As such, it serves as a dangerous gatekeeper of what is and what is not “acceptable” speech.
To be clear, this is not a First Amendment issue; the First Amendment protects citizens against governmental intrusion. Facebook is not the government and thus we have no right to free expression on their pages.
CBS reports on the reactions to the formation of the union:
Students first spotted the page Friday. The site claimed the goal was to “unapologetically provide a safe space for white students to air their true feelings…” about the “challenges European-American students on college campuses face.”
“I think it’s just people who are racist, or don’t realize they are racist,” said Nikola Kendis, a student at UC Berkeley.
Kendis said minority student unions provide support for students facing systemic oppressions, something she says white students do not face.
“That’s not a thing. There’s no oppression. Like, what?” Kendis said. “No, I don’t need protection from a white student union.”
And yet the pages have been popping up all over Facebook, at least 30 pages for several universities in the past few days alone.
Students said the pages make a mockery of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“I’m not gonna lie. I was a little pissed off at first. But I’m not surprised,” said Ridwin Mohamednur, also a student at UC Berkeley. “I mean, a lot of folks are tired of hearing about black issues, the Black Lives Matter problems.”
Chancellor Nicholas Dirks responded with a statement on Monday, saying, “While UC Berkeley honors First Amendment rights, we do not endorse this attempt to create conflict and make light of the efforts of activists locally and nationally.”
Courtesy of Politistick