Thinking of deviating from the woke narrative even the tiniest bit by saying something that would have been thought benign five minutes ago?
"Nextdoor" is a social media app that connects people within given neighborhoods. I'm on it, and have found it useful for being notified of lost pets, incidents of vandalism, the best places to purchase Girl Scout cookies, fox sightings, and furthering social justice as we remake our country into a socialist paradise governed by tech overlords.
In the blog post announcing the anti-racism notification, Nextdoor says that its similar Kindness Reminder has reduced "incivil content" by 30 percent.
They aren't sure if they will have similar success in reducing "wrongthink" content but we can always hope.
In their announcement, Nextdoor explained how the app would work.
...Today we are rolling out the anti-racism notification to prevent language that could be offensive or hurtful to people of all backgrounds.
...language that could be specifically discriminatory to people of color.
I assume Merriam-Webster will be updating the definition of "all backgrounds" in the coming days to exclude white people as that is just commonly understood now I guess
The new anti-racism notification detects certain phrases such as "All Lives Matter" or "Blue Lives Matter," and prompts the author to consider editing their post or comment before it goes live.
What's the prompt? Oh, it's pretty subtle, just a gentle nudge for you to take a moment and think through your argument.
It's not like they're saying you can't say things like "blue lives matter."
The anti-racism notification does not prevent a neighbor from publishing,...
They're just saying that you can't say things like "blue lives matter."
...but aims to make people aware of language that may violate our policy against discrimination and the harm that can be caused by the use of these phrases.
From an announcement earlier this year:
All Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter content is explicitly prohibited when used to undermine racial equality or the Black Lives Matter movement.
They are quite taken with Black Lives Matter.
Today, we are also taking steps to further align our community guidelines and policies with our company values and support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
They aren't throwing their support behind the lower-case concept of "black lives matter." No one would argue with that. They are specifically supporting the upper-case and explicitly racist, grifting, neo-Marxist "movement" Black Lives Matter.
That is what they are not permitting you to "undermine."
But they totally want to foster conversations about it.
Conversations on racial justice can be difficult, and they have a profound impact on our neighborhoods. Nextdoor exists to foster these important conversations in a civil, respectful way.
And the only way you can have a civil, respectful conversation about Black Lives Matter is to not have a conversation about Black Lives Matter because the issue has apparently already been settled.
They provide a helpful video to explain how you can avoid being a racist. I'll break it down below.
It starts off with a user proclaiming her support for Black Lives Matter and inviting discussion.
Someone takes her up on the offer, asking a pointed question and stating his own position.
Treating someone like an emotionally well-balanced adult interested in having a genuine conversation with the typical spirited give-and-take expected of such is frowned upon at Nextdoor and so a warning is issued before he can post.
Having been instructed that he has just engaged in wrongthink, he backs down and instead of having an actual conversation as the original poster had suggested she wanted, he invites her to further lecture him on the many positive aspects of Black Lives Matter while he sits quietly.
This far better "fosters" the kind of "difficult" conversations on racial justice Nextdoor prefers as opposed to actual difficult conversations that would be upsetting to the people who run Nextdoor.
Naturally that sails right through.
But just how committed to black lives is Nextdoor?
Their not-black Head of Engineering is very excited about the new feature.
As is their REALLY not-black Head of Public Agencies.
Their entirely not-black leadership team is also totally on board.
Nothing says commitment quite like doing absolutely nothing that affects you personally.
You really want to show how committed you are beyond the pandering and virtue signaling?
I have an idea.
And after that, maybe we can have a conversation about what the word "conversation" really means.