Twitter Censorship: Twitter Suspension For Calling Kanye West A Coon

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.



Author: Angela Grant

Angela Grant is a medical doctor. For 22 years, she practiced emergency medicine and internal medicine. She studied for one year at Harvard T. H Chan School Of Public Health. She writes about culture, race, and health.

16 thoughts on “Twitter Censorship: Twitter Suspension For Calling Kanye West A Coon

  1. I didn’t think your tweet promoted violence. Kanye was probably overwhelm with those kinds of tweets and coon may be a trigger word.

  2. So you call Kanye that word and you’re sent to Twitter jail, but some WSTs can talk about starting wars or mocking the deaths of Black people and somehow it avoids the moderators? Sounds legit [obvious sarcasm is obvious].

    1. Hey Curtis, that’s what called fair and just in anglo-culture. You know if that culture didn’t try to project negativity onto other ethnic cultures and superiority onto its own, I wouldn’t have a problem with its hypocrisy, double standards or appetite for violence.

      1. Definitely. It’s just a twisted sense of (in)justice going on. I’m still trying to get rid of all the projections that have been thrust up on my mind that cause me to feel inferior.

        1. Curtis, I know what you mean. They did a number on us. But never expected us to wake up and critically look at them
          and question why they consider themselves superior to us?

          1. Of course. It’s amazing what a little research can do, but one has to look for it for themselves or at the very least find friends who are trying to be conscious. That feeling of superiority is a con in more ways than I ever knew and it’s based on a false negative affirmation.

            1. Curtis the brainwashing starts in utero. It’s inescapable. Most Black people are angry and they don’t know why. Chronic Discrimination Syndrome is real.

              We grow up trying so hard to be like them or feel pressured to act like them, we lose touch with who we are and what we desire from life. We get lost in their world when we adopt their ways so as to belong. Despite their derogatory labels and self proclaimed superiority they are extremely jealous of us. Most I’ve met don’t know how to be authentic.

              Perhaps I should write a book White People: A Black Perspective. I have had many years of observation.

            2. Definitely, Angela. I definitely had some anger where I didn’t know why until recently (some of it involved things I knew about, but that’s besides the point). CDS is all too real.

              Oh, yes and I’m guilty of that. I had the belief about that “ice being colder”, yet I didn’t know why or what. There may have been factors back then like mainstream movies and shows indoctrinating me in subtle ways and me believing it on the inside. I’ve been glad by doing my own research and meeting some people (in real life and online) who wanted me to do better. Very good point about not finding as many people who don’t know how to be authentic. I’ve been in the same boat.

              That would be a book I’d read.

            3. That book would be more meaningful if other Black people shared their perceptions of White people. After all we expert observers of that race and it might be helpful to pool our knowledge.

            4. That makes sense. I would have a unique perspective on that issue since I have White family members. While said family members of mine are good people, I’m certainly not going to ignore the elements of privilege, sociopolitical benefits, and of course bigotry that permeates through this society. Funny how we mention some things about the systemic factors of the culture and social fabric and we are painted as hateful, but whenever Black people get derogated no one questions it. If done right, the book can be a mirror of sorts to the majority if you think about it. It would be a fascinating project to undertake.

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