Racism and Social Media

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Many companies are pulling their advertising dollars out of social media. They are refusing to profit from hate and racism (#StopHateForProfit).

Some of the companies are just pulling out for July. Will that really make a point if they go back to the way things were in August? I don’t think so.

For those companies who are pulling on indefinitely, hurrah for them!

Can we as individuals make a difference as well to force social media to stop the hate, inflammatory speech and racism?

I think we can.

If enough single users stop using Facebook, even the companies that are only pulling out for July will get the message. Because if there aren’t people to view the ads, what is the point of advertising?

I am not going to use social media – either for personal or my blog – until these social media companies come out with an enforceable anti-hate anti-racist policy. I challenge you all to do the same.

But the best part? Make a parting shot on all of your social media platforms, encouraging others to share and then leave. #StopHateOnSocialMedia

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Together Time, COVID

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When things shut down in Virginia, it was sudden. I had been home sick the week before, and was working from home that Monday. I was called into the office to clear out my desk to make room for the company social distancing the call center. And then the schools shut down.

So my daughter and I have been home together since March. (My husband has been here too, but his work takes him outdoors, so we don’t see as much of him. )

It’s been good. I have gotten to spend a lot of time having fun with my daughter. We’ve played Animal Crossing together. We watch television together. We walk at lunch and do exercise programs together. And when one has to go out of the house, the other goes.

Since my daughter just graduated, this has been a time for me to treasure. I really appreciate who she is as a person, and have relaxed a lot more under her watching eye. It will be strange when we aren’t together all the time, at some point in the future.

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Online Graduation

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My daughter was from the class of 2020. With COVID disrupting everything, we really didn’t know how it would impact graduation.

The schools shut in March. Her last quarter wasn’t graded, but she had projects to complete, both at her high school and the magnate school she attended. AP exams were taken online, at home.

My daughter, had things been normal, had an afternoon at the convention center, with all the pomp and circumstance of the occasion. The band would have played, everyone would have walked, and there would have been cheering. All her teachers would have been there, watching.

When she graduated from her magnate program, had it been normal, she would have played one last time with her classmates. And she would have walked across the stage there too, cheered on by her classmates, family and teachers.

But it’s not normal.

A local municipality decided to try and graduate their schools in August. There is no guarantee that they will be able to.

The magnate school did a graduation over Zoom. While it was nice, it lacked the touches that she was looking forward to – namely that last performance.

Our city decided that graduation was too important to risk waiting and hoping. They graduated every student at their high schools. In full ceremony. My daughter got to walk across the stage, hear herself pronounced graduated, and have her picture taken. And so she got a taste of what it should have been.

I am thankful for the city officials, and the staff of her high school, who made this possible. Her principal stood graduating students for 9.5 hours a day for 4 days. The teachers were wearing their graduation robes as they greeted the students and gave them their diplomas. And there was a fun life-size cutout of the principal that we could take pictures next to.

So thank you, Virginia Beach, for putting the students first.

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Do I Really Want Those Customers?

I generally stay out of politics on my business blog and social media. First of all, my subject matter isn’t political. I’m sure someone could politicize it, but I don’t have the time or skill to do so, even if I wanted to.

And I’ve always kept quiet out of fear of offending someone on social media. I’ve seen social media used as a weapon against people. I had a principal who monitored social media and reprimanded staff for personal posts and opinions made on personal social media accounts. So I get it. Is it fair? No. But that is the world we live in. I live in a right-to-work state and know that I can be fired at any moment with no reason given. So I keep my mouth shut in public.

But I read something the other night that keeps spinning around my brain:

“If you are afraid of offending your customers with standing up for what you believe in, do you really want those people as customers to begin with?”

You could substitute friend or boss in for customer. I’d suggest also putting in coworker or relative, but we generally don’t have choice in those matters.

This can swing to the other side, though. What about all the people who refuse service in businesses because the customer is gay/Asian/Muslim/female/[insert your prejudice of choice here]. They claim they can refuse service to anyone.

It’s kind of like living in a right-to-work state. Keep your head down, hope no one notices you don’t quite fit in.

And so I am left wondering, what is this world coming to?


Get Out of the Sandbox

If you don’t like the rules, get out of the sandbox.

It really irritates me when someone shouts about how their right to free speech is being curtailed because someone refuses to publish it.

Just for the record, here is Amendment 1:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I’ve highlighted the part that most people miss.

As a private person, telling someone they can’t be obnoxious/bigoted/rude/disrespectful in my home/website is NOT covered by the first amendment.

But here’s the thing, and as a long-time blogger, I’ve run across this on my own personal blogs. You have the right to say what you want. You do NOT have the right to publish it on my platform.

My sandbox, my rules.

And certain people really should understand that.