Talib Kweli is praising his fans for coming together and supporting a photo he posted on Instagram, which was initially taken down on Wednesday (July 1) by the social media site.
The hip hop veteran posted a photo of a man waving a Confederate flag and holding a sign that uses the N-word. He captioned it “aka states rights.” Instagram removed the photo because it violated the company’s guidelines, which are as follows:
"It's never OK to encourage violence or attack anyone based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disabilities, or diseases. When hate speech is being shared to challenge it or to raise awareness, we may allow it. In those instances, we ask that you express your intent clearly."
In a series of tweets, he explained. “RT if u think @instagram should explain how this pic captioned 'aka states rights' violates "community guidelines … Wow @instagram removed my post. I posted pic of a dude waving a confederate flag holding a 'n****r go home' sign & wrote "aka states rights … Way to completely miss the point @instagram there's nothing 'community' about hiding your audience from the truth.”
Instagram confirmed that they removed the image, but they restored it after learning it didn’t violate any terms. “Thank you all for hitting up Instagram about my "states rights" post. They put it back up because of your voices,” he tweeted.
It’s a sensitive time in America as tensions are high surrounding racism and hate speech. But good for Talib to stand up for something and use his platform to educate the uneducated.
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