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Declaration of Independence Termed Hate Speech by Facebook

The Liberty County Vindicator, a local Texas newspaper, decided recently to post the Declaration of Independence in twelve daily bite-sized chunks so that people would read it.

But one of the bite-sized chunks was too much for Facebook to swallow. According to the Vindicator:

The first nine parts posted as scheduled, but part 10, consisting of paragraphs 27-31 of the Declaration, did not appear. Instead, The Vindicator received a notice from Facebook saying that the post “goes against our standards on hate speech.”

Facebook’s notice then asked The Vindicator to review the contents of its page and remove anything that does not comply with Facebook’s policies.

The offending passage by that notorious hater and overall monster Thomas Jefferson appears to have been this complaint against George III:

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

Is the statement true? Was it true then? It doesn’t matter. You don’t call Indians savages, you don’t call them merciless, and also, you don’t call them Indians. They’re Native Americans.

It appears Jefferson ran afoul of numerous laws of political correctness. And for that, he was duly corrected.

Facebook eventually backtracked, telling the Vindicator, which at first couldn’t get a response:

It looks like we made a mistake and removed something you posted on Facebook that didn’t go against our Community Standards. We want to apologize and let you know that we’ve restored your content and removed any blocks on your account related to this incorrect action.

Facebook and Google now decide what is acceptable speech. That’s a lot of power.

7 Responses to Declaration of Independence Termed Hate Speech by Facebook

  1. The word “savage”, referring to Native Americans, has an interesting etymology.

    Middle French– sauvage, salvage.

    The 17th Century French Jesuit missionaries in Canada, in their efforts to convert Native Americans to Christianity, referred to them as “les sauvages”–meaning those whom they were to “save” by conversion and Baptism, or as we would say today–saving souls. The word, obviously, has come to be used as an insulting reference, but it was not originally the case.

    • It’s interesting that you would mention the French Jesuits. I work at the Martyrs Shrine in Midland, Ontario, which is dedicated to the eight Jesuit priests who ministered to the Huron tribes and were tortured and murdered by the Iroquois. Some of the relics, including the skull of Saint Jean de Brébeuf are at the Shrine. More than 100,000 people visit the Shrine, from May to October every year. I’m an atheist, but the Shrine is a pleasant place to work.

  2. On Independence Day, I copy the text of the Declaration of Independence on my Facebook page and encourage others to read it again. It is such a powerful document.

    When I was in elementary school, we were required to memorize the first few paragraphs. Do you think students today are required to do so? I think not.

  3. Considering the atrocities and brutality of the world in the 18th century, the United States would have stood out as a peaceful, welcoming place to people seeking a safe harbor.
    Any religion was allowed and no one was executed or imprisoned for reading something not approved by Kings and despots. Free speech was a revolutionary idea, free press was unknown around the world, judged by one’s peers was an unbelievable thing, and yes, we had slavery and a whole lot of other not nice things to correct – and we did.
    When the White people migrated to America, they saw the native people as inbred, uneducated, backwards people who had not yet discovered the wheel, but loved to kill in imaginative ways. Europeans and Asians were eons more advanced than the native tribes and chose to subdue them to advance everything.

    • I would get out of FB, but so many of my friends and relatives are married to it that I would never hear from them or know of them if it weren’t for their posts. Ditto contacting them. And the groups that post via FB. It has gotten to be like an artificial limb, one can do without it, but not get through the day as easily.

  4. Isn’t it interesting that what was meant to reduce tensions among the ‘diverse’ (i.e. PC) has had the complete opposite effect? This is a good example of the occult war tactic of replacement. One is better off taking in the audio-visual-print media from pre-1965 to be reacquainted with a more normal ‘normalcy’. Social media becomes the mass ignorance.

  5. We truly need to take our education system back.
    Sound off topic? Not really.
    Public schools no longer teach The Declaration. They no longer teach The Constitution. Our children are not learning about the very basic things that make our nation what it its….