Concerns have been raised by a few readers that there seems to be a deliberate attempt by Google to stifle the truth about South Africa by closing down several blogs over the past few days.
While I agree that freedom of speech should entail the FREEDOM to speak and say things that are politically incorrect, Google has moved from a two-boy band to a huge Microsoft-like conglomerate and consequently is “doing harm” as any large corporation with shareholders afraid of bad publicity is wont to do.
I realise the hypocrisy of the situation when blogs that advocate violence and hatred towards say Jews or Muslims are left alone but simply saying racist remarks towards blacks (and not advocating violence) is unacceptable.
I suggest you do a search for blogs run by blacks and see the racism there towards whites but somehow, those don’t seem to bother Google.
For instance, visit this asshole blog with the quaint name KILL ALL WHITEY and don't forget to flag it for inappropriate content. Let's see how Google reacts to that blatant black racist blog.
It appears in the world of political correctness black pride is ok, but white pride is not. I say, bullshit!
The hypocrisy does not end there. You can find blogs via Google’s blogger that tell you how to become anorexic, commit suicide, make a bomb, use drugs, grow marijuana and of course, the old staple topic, porn, things which are far more harmful than mere words.
The blogs shut down recently are geared at an audience that want to tell the truth in a certain “shock and awe” fashion and in that regard when they become too successful for their own good (in Google’s eyes) they are shut down. That is wrong.
As long as blogs do not advocate violence against anyone, they should be free to express their viewpoints any way they want even if the remarks are overtly racist - because it is their right to speak freely.
When I decided to start my own blog I Luv SA But.., I was mindful of the fact that Google would shut us down as well if we pursued the same style of posting.
I also realised that by toning down the blog style, it would be less ‘controversial’ and therefore attract less hits but I made it a policy of reporting the facts and staying away from racism so as not to give Google ammo to shut us down.
I would dearly love to call a spade a spade but I know that the moment I do that, I will be flagged as well and be shut down.
Therefore, I keep the site ‘clean’ in terms of racism but not expletives. The word ‘fuck’ is a perfectly good word although I would not like it used often.
I appreciate we are all frustrated but racist remarks are self-defeating and you turn people away from the message you are trying to send.
As one who lives outside the country, it does not take long to realise that foreigners have no inkling of what it is like dealing with the mindset of the black South African or the ANC government and so to call them simians or kaffirs or go on about baboons etc shuts the door to your message.
You become a forum for ranting racists and your message is lost.
I prefer to tick along and grow slowly and as my hit count grows and locations of hits shows, I am reaching people in foreign countries (that are not South African expats) contacting me and congratulating me on keeping the message clean whilst expressing surprise that they had no idea of the state of affairs in South Africa.
To me, that is a small victory and the job being done.
I have Finns, Americans, Brazilians emailing me asking me if what I am posting is actually true.
I will not criticise my fellow bloggers and I wish them well and hope they continue to get the message out. We are just going about it differently, deliberately. We are all fighting a noble cause and the truth will overcome despite Google’s best efforts.
For the record, in case anyone is concerned, should this blog be shut down, I won’t waste time resuming on another Google blogger web address. A non-Google website has already been registered for that event and we will simply carry on from there. We will never be silenced.
A luta continua!