It's not just conservatives.
I'm no fan of the Southern Poverty Law Center. In fact, my friend Michael Gryboski has dubbed me the "Scourge of the SPLC," as Attila the Hun was dubbed the "Scourge of God." I'm quite proud of this monicker.
But it does seem Twitter unjustly censored an SPLC writer who was attacking white supremacy. My big beef with the SPLC is when they stray from focusing on race, branding conservative and Christian organizations "hate groups." When it comes to race, they're actually not too bad, monitoring black nationalist groups like the Nation of Islam along with white supremacist groups.
So when Twitter suspends an SPLC writer because of his work against white supremacy, I'm on the SPLC guy's side.
Twitter temporarily suspended my account this week after I posted a tweet that opposed far-right extremism.
The incident, which has since been resolved with an apology from Twitter and the unlocking of my account, underscores the struggles Twitter has had with keeping white supremacists from weaponizing their platform to further an agenda of cruelty.
To be more specific about what happened to me, the social media giant locked me out and also threatened me with a permanent suspension for posting a tweet that demonstrates a connection between an American white supremacist leader, the terrorist who gunned down 50 worshippers including children at two New Zealand mosques in March, and a mysterious fire that recently ravaged a Tennessee-based building linked to the civil rights movement.
Twitter apologized, but this suspension should not have happened in the first place.
So why did it happen? White supremacists have adopted the same tactic many Social Justice Warrior liberals do — they mark tweets that offend them as "hateful." Twitter seems to have listened to the white supremacists here, as it listens to SJWs in the cases of conservative tweets.
Naturally, this is the SPLC we're talking about, so the writer had to advocate for social media companies to adopt the SPLC's Orwellian "Change the Terms" effort to ban conservative and Christian "hate" from social media, along with racism.
Twitter and other tech companies need to Change the Terms, as well as enact and enforce comprehensive policies to protect the voices of underrepresented communities, and combat the spread of hateful ideologies.
Twitter shouldn't have suspended this SPLC writer. But the SPLC is also horrifically wrong on "Change the Terms." As conservatives, we should oppose both.