‘Black lesbian with a Harvard degree’ details how even she was ‘silenced’ by Big Tech

A black lesbian law graduate described how she was censored by Big Tech over a “hateful” post that asserted transgender women should not be allowed to compete in women’s sports.

Monica Harris wrote a column at Fox News detailing what happened, claiming that a post she wrote on the subject was removed less than 24 hours after posting it on Medium for “violating community rules.”

“Recently, I was reminded of just how easy it is to be silenced in America now,” she wrote.

The entertainment attorney was absolutely “shocked” to have her post removed.

“I published an article on Medium about the impact of transgender inclusion on the rights of women and lesbians. I felt it was a timely subject, and as a gay woman of color I have a vested interest in this issue. So, you can imagine my shock when, less than 24 hours after the article appeared, Medium’s Trust & Safety team removed it for violating community rules. I was further warned that repeated violations would lead to possible suspension of my account,” Harris noted.

“For perspective, I have more than 1,000 followers and nearly 70 published articles on Medium. I’m a graduate of Harvard Law School and am on the Board of Advisors of the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism. I’m a published author and a TEDx speaker. Much of my writing focuses on bringing people together around our shared values and interests. I’ve never been accused of advocating hateful positions,” she unequivocally asserted.

“This incident is laced with many ironies, not the least of which is that I’ve spent much of my life feeling invisible and not having a voice,” the attorney remarked.

Harris wrote in her post about transgender athletes, referring to transgender swimmer Lia Thomas while stating that former NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines felt she was “emotionally blackmailed and gaslit into silence.”

For that crime, her voice was silenced.

“I enjoy a thriving legal career in entertainment and have a white partner and a biracial son. We happily live our alternative lifestyle in a state that is overwhelmingly white and Christian. The past two decades have empowered me and given me a voice,” Harris recounted.

“Yet now I fear I’m in danger of losing my voice. I worry that I, and millions of other women, are becoming invisible — not at the hands of right-wing extremists, but by those who promote tolerance and inclusion,” she explained.

The whole absurdity of censorship is not lost on the Harvard graduate:

Medium’s content curators removed my article because it “disempower[ed]” and excluded others based on “protected characteristics,” i.e. biological men who identify as women. Yet they had no qualms about disempowering and excluding me — a member of not one, but three “protected” groups — from their community.

Further, I was silenced for expressing my belief that inclusion of biological men in women’s sports, prisons and other historically protected spaces potentially undermines the rights and safety of biological women and lesbians. Yet the act of deplatforming my article was, itself, proof of the marginalization I lamented in my article.

 

She then strongly advocated for free speech for everyone.

“You don’t have to be gay, female, or a person of color to appreciate the danger this poses to all Americans. If the boundaries of prohibited speech keep growing, then we can be silenced by anyone who disagrees with us. All they have to do is call us ‘hateful.’ Yet if we live in constant fear of offending others, then how long will it be before we’re too afraid to say anything?” Harris astutely surmised in her Fox News piece.

“Freedom of speech is one of our most cherished rights. The free and open marketplace of ideas is what makes our country unique. It’s enabled groundbreaking innovation and thought and has empowered historically disenfranchised groups. Given my unique background and experience, freedom of speech holds a special place in my heart. Where would I be today if voices that made others uncomfortable had been muffled?’ she asked.

She continued pointing out that freedom of speech must be fought for, something many on the right are all too painfully aware of.

“But protecting this sacred right isn’t easy or painless; it demands our constant vigilance and selflessness. What we safeguard for ourselves we must also be willing to safeguard for others, even those with whom we vehemently disagree,” Harris advocated.

“Unfortunately, a growing number of social media platforms aren’t committed to doing the hard work. They’re apparently willing to sacrifice freedom of speech when it makes others uncomfortable, even if the people expressing themselves have lived in discomfort most of their lives (and in many cases still do),” she assessed.

“They fail to see that the noble goals of tolerance and inclusion become performative when they’re restricted to those with preferred agendas. Selective tolerance and inclusion aren’t progressive; they’re regressive,” the attorney charged.

She wrapped up her piece on Fox News by wondering who else will censor her and why:

For now, I write with a question mark over my head. Will I be branded a TERF if I continue to advocate for the rights of women and lesbians? Will my next article offend others and be ‘the one’ that terminates my account?

All I know for certain is that this is no way for people to live in a free society. If we can spend billions of dollars to fight for the freedom of people in another country, then surely we can find the courage to defend this precious right at home.

Let’s spend less time talking about tolerance and inclusion and more time practicing it.

 

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