The Tweet:

@kanyewest I’ll forgive you if you promise never to enter politics again. You r a liability to Black progress. A pathological liar made a coon out of you. #Nosecondchances.

Within seconds of tweeting the above, I was suspended from Twitter for 12 hours.

  • Does this tweet promote violence?
  • Does it threaten anyone?
  • Does it harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability or serious disease?

So why was I suspended?  Was this suspension based on machine algorithm?

My tweet was accurate, and I would retweet it again.  When did we start censoring the truth?

Please note those most likely to tweet threats that violate Twitter’s rules and then go on to kill innocent people are far-right extremist white men. Do I fit the profile?

Twitter’s algorithm singled me out for a tweet that does not violate its rules.  By doing so, Twitter censored me unfairly. Based on Twitter’s algorithm I was guilty without an opportunity to show my innocence. There was no system in place to correct the error. Twitter did offer an option to appeal, but it was not functional.

My experience last evening is what many people of color fear when the culture that created the problem comes up with the solutions. The solutions target innocent people instead of the culprits.

Dear Kanye and Twitter,  censorship is a choice, slavery was not a choice for black people.