Censorship is alive and well on America’s political left as a restaurant in Lexington, VA faces backlash for telling Trump Administration Press Secretary Sarah Sanders that she was not allowed to dine there.
“This business recently made waves in the news, which often means that people come to this page to post their views on the news,” says a banner post on the Red Hen Restaurant’s Yelp page.
“While we don’t take a stand one way or the other when it comes to these news events, we do work to remove both positive and negative posts that appear to be motivated more by the news coverage itself than the reviewer’s personal consumer experience with the business.”
Yelp has actively decided that Red Hen should be protected from the negative press it receives in the wake of a decision it made as a business. Once again, this censorship policy works in favor of the leftist company that hates President Trump, and against conservatives who wish to express their honest opinion on a public forum.
“When businesses make the news, their Yelp business page can be affected. Media-fueled reviews typically violate our Content Guidelines, one of which deals with relevance. Yelp reviews are required to describe a firsthand consumer experience, not what someone read in the news. Our user support team ultimately removes reviews that violate these guidelines,” said a Yelp spokesperson told Big League Politics via email.
But the culture of open and free expression that once existed in America would appear to be shifting, and not in favor of conservatism.
The political left is often immune from criticism, while it is open season for censorship of conservative ideas. Conservative speakers are consistently blackballed and rioted against on college campuses if they dare show up and express an opinion that a leftist disagrees with. Ask Ann Coulter or Jordan Peterson. Conservatives are consistently de-platformed on social media networks like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Conservative news sites are “fact-checked” by partisan hacks like Snopes and PolitiFact, who claim to be arbiters of truth but instead are political pawns.
Statue of Abolitionist Frederick Douglass Removed & Stolen from New York Park
So much for this being about Confederate statues.
A statue of famed abolitionist and escaped slave Frederick Douglass was stolen from a Rochester, New York park over the weekend, revealing that leftist cultural vandals have no qualms with destroying icons of individuals essential to the movement against slavery in the United States.
The statue of Douglass was wholly and entirely removed from its base in Rochester’s Maplewood Park, and was missing as of Sunday morning. Pieces of rubble surrounding its foundations suggest the statue was ripped from its base.
A Frederick Douglas statue in Maplewood Park was removed from its base overnight. pic.twitter.com/J43hqxuHTT
— Atyia Collins (@Atyia_Collins) July 5, 2020
The statue was later found in a gorge some distance away from its place in the park, having been crudely dismounted and dumped. The Douglass statue was confirmed to be damaged from the vandalism by Rochester authorities.
Douglass, a longtime Rochester resident, was one of the most famous Black Americans of the 19th century, having escaped slavery as a young man and taken up the abolitionist cause. He was an associate of President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, and is thought of by many as one of the first black Republicans throughout the Reconstruction period of American history.
Vandalism of the Douglass statue, who perhaps is on par with figures such as Ulysses Grant and Lincoln in association with the Union cause during the Civil War, would eliminate any claim of merely targeting Confederate and “racist” statues on the part of left-wing rioters and protestors. When you can’t even differentiate between figures such as Stonewall Jackson(who merit the preservation of statues in their own right, even if they were on the wrong side) and Frederick Douglass, you lose any claim of historical enlightenment in justification of your cultural jihad against American civilization.
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