Facebook Puts Racebending Group Back Up, But Why Did They Shut Them Down In The First Place?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Here's the letter from Racebending.com:

From: Facebook (generic notification email)
Date: Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 12:38 PM
Subject: Facebook Warning
To: (personal email redacted)


The group “People Against Racebending: Protest of the Cast of The Last Airbender Movie” has been removed because it violated our Terms of Use. Among other things, groups that are hateful, threatening, or obscene are not allowed. We also take down groups that attack an individual or group, or advertise a product or service. Continued misuse of Facebook’s features could result in your account being disabled.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can visit our FAQ page at http://www.facebook.com/help/?topic=wgroups.

The Facebook Team
That Facebook continues to allow Holocaust Denial Groups on their site but took down a group dedicated to the fight against Racism and Whitewashing (which is now back up) completely dumbfounds me.

It sends the message that starting a group denying the mass extermination of millions of people is acceptable, but if you're Asian American and speak up about the marginalization of the AAPI community - somehow - this isn't within the realm of acceptability.

Instead, you're the Hate Group.

And who in their right mind does that?

Who makes statements that only serve to validate tenets that have systematically kept Asian Americans from becoming first class citizens?

That we should be seen and not heard, and when seen, only under specific circumstances, and if we have to be heard, only within the confines of a Great White Panoptican.

I don't know about you - but anyone like that isn't going on my Friend's list.