How about The Stranger deletes all of its links to Twitter and Facebook? Stop being part of the problem.


Facebook has ruined Instagram. They've turned into FB 2.0 and it is full of spam and bots and trolls now like never before (since they took over IG, I have 1000% more requests to follow from strangers >>> my account is private and you will not be allowed to follow me unless I know you IN REAL LIFE; 1000% more gross direct message requests (with no way to block them from people who don't know you) and 1000% more nasty, trolling, shitty comments on comments that I have posted on public accounts. I got banned from FB for calling out white supremacists and misogynists. I expect the same will happen on IG. Then I will be done with social media. I joined IG to look at photos and to share my photos and to look at political activists and share political activism.

When I went on IG this morning I deleted my black box and found this info:
The black box is not the problem, using the hashtag blacklivesmatter is and yes IG is full of black boxes with that hashtag from people who did not get the memo. Whoever coopted the idea effectively shut down all communications of resources and actions being taken right now for #blacklivesmatter.

Here's the memo:

If you posted a blackout pic and used the hashtags blm, blacklivesmatter, etc DELETE THE POST and if you wish, reupload without the blm hashtags

Even if you edit out the tag from your original post I am told it could remain up on the original hashtags, which erases protest footage and crucial information. Play it safe and just delete & re-upload it entirely.

If you must post a blackout pic use the hashtags #blackouttuesday, #theshowmustbepaused, etc which were originally made by Black women organizers in the music industry.

In trying to be an ally, I fucked up. I attempted to rectify my fuck-up.
So in addition to deleting the black box and telling everyone I knew who had posted one what was up, I am making a $100 donation to help.


OK, thanks. I stand corrected.


By no means a comprehensive list, these titles include memoirs, practical guides to talking about race, in-depth reporting on police brutality, and groundbreaking works of intersectional feminist theory.

I feel like one of the things I can do is educate myself. I am not able to march or protest in person, but I can educate myself. I can call my representatives, I can sign petitions, I can make donations (not substantial given my limited and fixed income), and I can use my voice often and loudly, but using my voice requires that I know what I am talking about and that is only possible if I educate myself, educate myself some more, and continue to educate myself.

It is up to white people to end white supremacist terrorism in this country.


Oh, Boo Hoo HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO You are all doing si much by changing Your social media stuff, You all deserve a medal of honor. babes


I deleted my social media accounts a few years ago. I don't think we need to have all that information, garbage, and rage poured into our system 24/7, but moreover, these tools are run by corporations who do not have the interests of the people at heart, clearly. Of course, social media has been useful in positive ways and it's clear that it's going nowhere, but the practice of moderation and healthy skepticism needs to be engaged while interacting on them. Those don't seem to be Americans' strong suit.

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