Not all heroes wear capes, and some of them don't look like we think.
Facebook cannot abide by this. In their version of the world, heroes to be honored must fit their goals of intersectionality and racial equity. Especially if the hero happens to be a police officer. That's already far enough out of their paradigm; but when the officer is white? Well…
Case in point. From the Peoria Journal Star in Illinois:
But the social networking giant rejected the police group's request, citing “sensitive social issues” connected with the ad that could spark controversy, the Journal Star of Peoria reported.
Ed Wojcicki, executive director of the police group, told the newspaper he couldn't believe Facebook would reject a tribute to a police officer.
“The way we see it is, Facebook thinks it's wrong to honor a brave police officer who suffered serious wounds while protecting his central Illinois city. How is that remotely political?” Wojcicki asked.
Oh, Director Wojcicki, you obviously didn't get the memo. Heroes lacking melanin are evidence of the deeply ingrained white supremacy within the police forces of America, don't you see? So, who cares that Officer Bieber was stabbed multiple times by his assailant before ventilating him out of this life, saving the taxpayers a trial and 3-hots and a cot for the rest of incarcerated life; Bieber is white, and therefore cannot be considered a hero.
Here is the blather Facebook used to reject their post:
“This ad content has been correctly disapproved for violation of Facebook Advertising Policies and Guidelines,” Facebook wrote in a message to the police group. “As per policy: Your ad may have been rejected because it mentions politicians or is about sensitive social issues that could influence public opinion, how people vote and may impact the outcome of an election or pending legislation.”
Facebook is not going to say “he's too white”, or “he's an example of white supremacy.” They'll just use their Orwellian language of “sensitive racial issues” to dodge. Of course, they do not want public opinion influenced by anyone but them, so they cannot look as though they are approving and promoting a white police officer, when BLM and other anti-racist types–the majority who are probably on Facebook's payroll–will be breathing down their necks. Thanks to Section 230, they can keep claiming private company, and keep restricting freedom of thought and the civil liberties of their users, while manipulating how they want people to think.
That's just the way it goes.
Facebook concluded their rejection with this:
“Our policy for running ads related to politics requires you to get authorized first by confirming your identity and creating a disclaimer that lists who is paying for the ads.”
Director Wojcicki is still befuddled, poor soul.
But Wojcicki said Facebook's response made no sense to him.
“Our press release mentioned no politicians and has nothing to do with any election or pending legislation,” he said. “For Facebook to suggest that seems like a huge stretch and could be a signal that it wants to block good news about police.”
Ding! Ding! Ding! You've won… a new car!
I am thankful the light bulb finally went off for the director. It took a minute. It is true that Facebook does want to block good news about police and policing, because the police cannot be lionized; they must be demonized. However, they especially want to block good news about police and policing, if the officer in question happens to be white. It just doesn't fit the agenda, you see.
The police group is fighting back, and started a petition on Change.org in order to try force Facebook to reverse their ruling. Good for them.
Facebook responded to the Peoria Journal Star with this:
In response to the Journal Star, a Facebook statement suggested the police group may have applied for the ad “boost” incorrectly, so the company has “reached out directly to the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police to explain how to run this type of ad.”
Yeah, right. We'll see if that ad ever runs. My hat tips to Officer Jeffrey Bieber for his bravery and fortitude in the line of duty. In this day and age, there needs to be more like you. Thanks to Facebook and other woke media's censorship and skewed narratives, it is a guarantee that we will have less.
Facebook can go pound sand.