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ROBERT F PECKHAM FEDERAL COURTHOUSE, SAN JOSE, 2 May — Today Google Inc. made permanent their ban of Vaneeesa Blaylock from their unpopular social network site Google+, declaring Blaylock an illegitimate human being, her identity false, and determining that she had no civil rights and no human rights. In a written statement Justice Gundotra denied Blaylock’s name appeal, declaring that he could see no data mining revenues from “Miss Blaylock” (sic) that would warrant letting her play with his toys. After Justice Gundotra’s ruling a distraught Blaylock rushed out of the building and descended the steps of the courthouse. Fighting back tears the African-American-Avatar stated that she would take no questions, and then proceeded to take them anyway.
This is a civil rights issue. The physical public square is no longer the home of speech in our culture, for better or worse, it is the online social network. When our corporate overlords at NationState2.0’s like Facebook Inc, and Google Inc, deny us the right to speech on their ubiquitous platforms they deny us the basic civil right of free speech and the basic human right of the ability to participate in culture.
That our overlords can state “if you don’t like our terms you can leave” is an insufficient defense when they are the gatekeepers of the eyes and ears of our culture, the gatekeepers of the hearts and minds of our culture, to deny speech where the audience is, and to instead offer it in a cordoned-off area where few will ever be able to hear it, is to deny civil and human rights.
Walking down the courthouse steps Blaylock seemed surprised by a reporter’s question that Larry Page had argued that since Facebook has at least 5 times more users than Google+, that Google+ was an irrelevant social network on par with MySpace, and that therefore, unlike Facebook, Google+ was incapable of denying anyone their civil rights. In response Blaylock only shook her head and mumbled incoherently.
Reaching Google Street View™ Blaylock removed her sunglasses, wiped back her tears with her fingers, cleared her throat, and began to speak more clearly and more loudly:
Civil Rights is an enormously large and vitally important ideal; we should never invoke it lightly; but we should also never be afraid to invoke it.
Let’s be clear about this, Black people have been murdered because of the color of their skin. They have been denied jobs and denied an equal opportunity to earn a living wage. They have been massively, disproportionately locked away in our prisons. LGBT people have been abused and murdered. In fact the term “drag” comes from the ancient practice of tying a gay person to the back of a cart and dragging them through the streets of the city to pay for their “crimes.” Women have beaten, raped, and murdered, or if they survive, then raped again in our courthouses. Obese people are abused and marginalized every single day of their lives. Senior Citizens are abused, battered, and left to die on the ash heap of contemporary culture.
Against the horrific backdrop of so many chauvinistic crimes of the past and unfortunately of the present as well, do I really want to claim that Google Inc. is violating my civil rights by denying my speech in the public square of the 21st century?
Yes, I do.
R E L A T E D . M A T E R I A L S
• Vaneeesa’s post on “Equal Protection” (Facebook Purges)
• Big Thunder Mountain (Vaneeesa’s theory that Social Networks are like Rides at Disneyland)