Instagram Removes Post For Women Of Color To Mourn Nia Wilson For Hate Speech
Writer and activist Rachel Cargle shared a post on Instagram earlier this week to create space for women of color to react to the recent death of Nia Wilson, the 18 -year-old black woman from Oakland, California, who was attacked and killed while waiting on a train platform. The social media platform removed it from her account, citing their guidelines on hate speech as the reason.
Cargle’s post, which has since been reinstated on the platform, can be seen below. Its caption reads, in part: “The space under the post( commented, answers) is exclusively for women of coloring. Exclusively. No white girls , no men.”
Cargle wrote that “hundreds of comments of black women” came flooding in to the post, where they were “being ensure and heard by their peers, being loved and cared for by their sisters, being consoled and loved precisely as they needed it.”
As seen in a follow-up post by Cargle, Instagram removed the initial posting, citing its community guidelines on “hate speech or symbols.”
“Instagram has a heavy track record of taking down posts by people of color in order to preserve the comfort and satisfaction of their white community, ” Cargle told HuffPost via email.
“When black people report posts we get no where near the type of quick and efficient reactions, in fact we are often turned away saying that our concerns are not valid when we bring racist, problematic posts to their attention, ” she added.
Repeatedly, social media platforms ignore calls to remove hate speech in the form of misogyny, white domination, death threats and more, yet a community bear out of sorrow is the one that is taken down.
The removal of Cargle’s post presents just how difficult it is for women of coloring to simply collect and share their experiences — a part of coping with daily prejudice and violence they are statistically more likely to face compared to white women or men.
Cargle says that “this is not a solitary incident, ” either.
“It happens every day where black girls use our voice to speak on injustice, to express our experiences, to voice our concerns, or even simply to state how we feel, ” she told. “Time and time again, white women decide that they don’t like hear about or coming to terms with the ways they are harming black women and instead of step up on solidarity they stillness us, resting in their supremacy.”
Cargle, who has approximately 48,500 adherents on Instagram, explained in her follow-up post why she created the initial one in the first place. “I created a post that was labeled as a safe space for black and brown women to come together to grieve and process what is happening. What Nias murder meant to us all, ” she wrote.
The post was reinstated on the platform Thursday. Cargle said Instagram did not offer a reason why it was taken down in the first place.
The replies, assured below in screenshots Cargle shared on Instagram, are emotional and contemplative, with many Instagram users thanking Cargle for dedicating them the space to grieve Wilson’s death together.