Facebook flags Georgia TA who bashed ‘crappy white people’

A University of Georgia teaching assistant was flagged by Facebook  after a post in which he slammed “crappy white people.”

The social media platform suspended UGA graduate student and TA Irami Osei-Frimpong, claiming a post from his personal account violated community standards policy, according to a tweet from the TA.

“We can talk about voter suppression,” Osei-Frimpong had said in the Facebook post following the Nov. 6 midterm election. “We can talk about ID laws. But all of this begins and ends with the fact that we make crappy White people. So if we are serious, we have to dismantle the institutions that make crappy white people. Their churches, their schools, their families.”

The TA had also said “so, Georgia, are we finished with the illusion that White Georgians don’t vote to protect the perks of White Supremacy?” “Respectability Democrats, Black and White, are worthless,” and “Democrats need to go to war on the White electorate.” 

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UGA Associate Professor of Brain and Behavioral Science Dr. Janet Frick defended Osei-Frimpong’s remark on Twitter, 

“Okay, I may be a crappy white people, [sic] but even I know that’s not hate speech,” Frick tweeted. “That’s ‘hurt your feelings speech,’ but not hate speech. Keep on keeping on, my friend.”

Osei-Frimpong offered justification for his original comments by again attacking white people. 

“What I don’t understand is OF COURSE we make crappy white people,” he said. “Georgia has always made crappy white people. It’s a defining characteristic of the region. The illusion is that somehow we’ve stopped. I’m just saying, ‘No, we never stopped making crappy white people.’”

In an April 2018 post to the online publishing platform Medium, titled, “Facebook Jail for 30 Days,” Osei-Frimpong acknowledged that this is not the first time his comments have violated Facebook’s community standards.

UGA’s Social Media Policies and Guidelines apply to UGA employees who use social media personally and professionally. The page states that “all UGA policies still apply on social media, including non-discrimination, anti-harassment, computer use, privacy & confidentiality.”

“Views expressed by students, faculty, and staff in their personal capacities do not reflect the views of the university,” UGA spokesman Greg Trevor told Campus Reform regarding Osei-Frimpong’s comments.

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